Welcome!

Welcome to the website of the Arlington, Massachusetts, LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission (or just Rainbow Commission for short). Town Meeting established the Commission in 2017, Commission meetings began the following March, and Arlington held its first Pride event in June 2018.

Apply to Join the Commission

The LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission seeks to fill up to 4 vacancies in early 2020 (3 to be filled by the Town Manager with Select Board approval and 1 by the School Committee). Please see the Rainbow Commission Application Flyer for more details.

The Rainbow Commission is a volunteer group of residents, appointed by the Town, to promote full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups through affirming policies and programs, resources, advocacy and community building. See rainbowarlington.org. The Town works to have Commission membership be equitable and inclusive. All are welcome to apply. Based on the Commission’s current makeup, we especially seek to add voices from underrepresented communities. Applicants who can bring experience and knowledge from communities not currently represented on the Commission would help the Commission better represent the wonderful diversity within Arlington’s LGBTQIA+ community. The Commission usually meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Robbins Library 4th floor conference room but see rainbowarlington.org/meeting-info to confirm.

If you reside in the Town of Arlington and are 18 years or older, and are interested in becoming a member of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, please send your resume and letter of interest to:
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, 730 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA 02476 / townmanager@town.arlington.ma.us. Deadline: Screening of applications will begin in December. Positions will remain open until filled.
or
Karen Fitzgerald, School Committee Administrative Assistant, 869 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th Floor, Arlington, MA 02476 / kfitzgerald@arlington.k12.ma.us. Deadline: 4 p.m. on December 20, 2019.

Local LGBTQIA+ Events

All meetings and events hosted by the Rainbow Commission (not cosponsorships) are open to the public and accessible. Please contact rainbow@town.arlington.ma.us if you need accommodations. We regret that we generally do not provide ASL interpretation or assistive listening devices. We need at least 2 weeks notice to line up an ASL interpreter.

Tues, Jan 14: Queer Drop-In (for grades 6-12), 3:00-5:00pm, Robbins Library Community Room (Arlington)
At this month’s social gathering for queer youth and allies, special guest Malinda Lo will visit! Lo wrote Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, among other YA books.

Tues, Jan 14: Community Discussion on Family Stress7:00-8:30pm, Lexington Community Center Room 237
The Lexington Community Coalition and LYFS offer monthly discussions on mental health-related topics. This month’s topic is family stress. (Queer people know a thing or two about this.) All are welcome to talk about this universal experience.

Jan 15: LGBTQ+ Seniors & Friends Karaoke & Cocoa Night, 6:30pm, Arlington Senior Center Main Hall, 27 Maple St. Please join us for a warm and cozy night of karaoke to your favorite tunes with hot chocolate and snacks. Free, open to all.Call Marci at 781-316-3419 for more info. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging, Belmont COA (Beech Street Center), and the Rainbow Commission.

Sat, Jan 18: Biversity Brunch (every third Saturday of month), 11:30am-1:00pm, Foundry, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the third Saturday of every month.

Sun, Jan 19: Monthly Aces Social, 2:00-4:00pm, see Aces meeting link below for location. The New England Aces (NEA) is a group for asexual spectrum individuals and allies that provides support in an open and affirming environment, builds community based on friendship and respect, and promotes awareness of asexual spectrum identities in the New England area through outreach, trainings, and collaboration with community partners. Please see the Monthly Aces Social meeting site to join and view location information.

*Feb 20: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Cutter Gallery, lower level, rear door (by the parking lot), 611 Mass Ave. *Note location change*

Mar 19: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Apr 16: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

May 21: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Jun 11: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Jun 20: Arlington’s 3rd annual PRIDE Picnic, Whittemore-Robbins House garden, 670R Mass Ave.

Jul 16: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Aug 20: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Sep 17: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Oct 15: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Nov 19: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Dec 17: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Many of these events were copied from LexPride’s weekly newsletter. Go to lexpridema.org/contact to sign up.

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