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).

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.
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.
Dec 10: Reel Queer: An Intergenerational Queer Movie Series Watches “God’s Own Country,” 6:30 pm, Robbins Library, Downstairs Community Room. Join us for a screening of the 2017 BAFTA & Sundance Film Festival nominee. “In Yorkshire, a withdrawn gay farmer begins a torrid affair with a Romanian migrant worker who shows him the depths of his capacity for affection.” This film is not rated. Check bit.ly/reelqueergodsowncountry for content warnings. Cosponsored by QBG, the Council on Aging, and the Rainbow Commission.

Dec 12: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-8:30pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Dec 15: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.
Dec 18: QBG reads Bloom, 7 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave. This month Queer Book Group/Social reads the graphic novel Bloom by Kevin Panetta. Copies of the book are available at the Robbins Library circulation desk now. QBG reads great LGBTQ-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction, and hosts LGBTQ-themed social events. New members are welcome! Come make some new friends & expand your community! Cosponsored by the Robbins Library and the Rainbow Commission.
Dec 19: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Dec 21: Biversity Brunch, 11:30am-1pm, Foundry, 255 Elm St, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the 3rd Saturday of every month.
Jan 15: LGBTQ+ Seniors & Friends Karaoke & Cocoa Night, 6:30 pm, 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.

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

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