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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.

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.

Nov 14: SAGE Table intergenerational LGBTQIA+ meal & karaoke, 6:30 pm, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St. Please join us for the third annual free meal and gathering of the Arlington and beyond LGBTQIA+ Community. SAGE Tables will be occurring all throughout the country around the same time. All ages. All are welcome. RSVPs welcome to 781-316-3419. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging and Rainbow Commission. Supported in part by a grant from the Boston Pride Community Fund.
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Nov 14: 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.

Nov 16: 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.

Nov 16: Help the Homeless Volunteer Day, 8:45 am-noon, Thorndike Field, 99 Margaret St, Arlington. Over the years, personal belongings have been abandoned in the Alewife Woods from a transient homeless population. The Arlington Homeless Outreach Team is organizing an effort with residents experiencing homelessness and volunteers 18+ to clean up the wooded area. A donation bin will be set up to collect new gloves, mittens, hats, coats, socks, scarves, and small denomination ($5-10) gift cards. WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: Boots, pants, long-sleeved shirt/jacket, gloves, rakes, shovels, etc. The Arlington Homeless Outreach Team will provide breakfast and lunch. QUESTIONS?: Contact Kylee Sullivan at the Arlington Health Department: (781) 316-3170.

Nov 17: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.

Nov 17: Transgender Day of Remembrance observance, 4-6 pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. Honor the lives of people killed in anti-transgender violence each year. Join us to learn in compassion about real lives lost too soon. Wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices (5-6 pm). Gender neutral bathrooms. Cosponsored by LexPride, First Parish in Lexington, and the Rainbow Commission.
4-5 pm, Social Hour: Make transgender ribbons, decorate candles, and connect.
5-6 pm, Commemoration: Learn about Transgender Day of Remembrance, hear personal stories, light candles, sing, and connect.

Nov 17: Transgender Day of Remembrance: Boston Community Gathering, 5-8 pm, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St, Boston. (While at a cathedral this event is not specifically religious.) Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day for the transgender and non-binary communities, as well as those who care for them, to come together and mourn those who have been taken from us due to anti-transgender hate violence. This year we will gather once again in Boston to honor and celebrate their lives. This community event will include a vigil, speakers, performers, and potluck! The location is ADA accessible. There will be a low sensory room during the gathering. The TDOR planning committee is trying to secure a ASL interpreter for the program. There will be an Open Mic event during the program; if you would like to participate and need accommodations or have questions about accommodations, please contact jihelah@gmail.com.

Nov 18: No Hate November: The Impact of Hate and How We Combat It, 7-8:30 pm, Cary Library, Lexington. The Human Rights Committee will host a panel discussion with a diverse group of Lexingtonians (including a nonbinary person) sharing their personal stories of encountering hate. Following will be a discussion on the ways to combat hate, and how to choose to be kind during times of adversity.

Nov 20: Trans Day of Remembrance

Nov 20: QBG/Social’s Annual Potluck, 7-8:30 pm, Robbins Library community  room (downstairs), 700 Mass Ave. Join us for our annual potluck. Bring a dish to share with the group (if you can) or just come enjoy the labor of others. (Per Massachusetts state law we need to let you know that the neither the food nor the facilities have been inspected by the state or by a local public health agency.) Cosponsored by the Robbins Library and the Rainbow Commission.

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

Dec 4: Bisexual Social & Support Group (BLiSS), 7-9 pm, Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope St, Boston. BLiSS meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. All bi and bi-friendly people of all genders & orientations are welcome to attend. First Wednesday meetings are peer-facilitated discussion groups, sometimes with a pre-selected topic or presenter. Email bliss@biresource.net for more info.

Dec 7: Connecting and Collaborating Across Our Cultural/Identity Groups, 2:30-4:30pm, Lexington Community Center Dining Room, . This action-oriented community discussion will cover *Why we form our groups and how they benefit us and the community. *Challenges in connecting across groups. *What types of bridges/collaboration/strategies can help. *Actions we can take at the individual, neighborhood, business, municipal, and school district levels. *Turning action ideas into concrete action steps that we can commit to. Sponsored by the Lexington Diversity Advisory Task Force and LexPride.

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 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.

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

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