Arlington Rainbow Commission

Photo of a long table decorated with a trans-pride flag, some handouts about coming out, Rainbow Commission business cards, a copy of the 2018 Pride Proclamation, and an assortment of pins with animals drawn on them in the colors of various sexual-identity and gender-identity pride flags

Welcome to the website of the Arlington, Massachusetts, LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission (or just Rainbow Commission for short). Town Meeting established the Commission in 2017. Commissioners were appointed early in 2018 and have met monthly since March.

Local LGBTQIA+ Events

All meetings and events hosted by the Rainbow Commission 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. 5: Author reading from Romance at Stonegate, 7 pm, Robbins Library Community Room. Author Ellen Levy’s book features two young Jewish girls, Deborah and Miriam, who meet while vacationing in western Massachusetts in the summer of 1910. Deborah and Miriam are immediately attracted to one another and explore ways to fit into an unforgiving culture. Levy will discuss her book and draw you into world of 1910 and provide context for the romance in turn-of-the-century America.

Dec. 6: History of AIDS presentation by The History Project and discussion, 7 pm, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St. The presentation will include information about some of the relevant History Project collections relating to AIDS and the importance of LGBTQ archives. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging,  Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network (Queer Mystic), and the Rainbow Commission. The History Project’s mission is to document and preserve the history of Boston’s LGBT community, and to share that information with the public. This is an intergenerational event, open to all ages.

Dec. 12: Queer Book Group, 7 pm, Robbins Library, 4th Floor Conference Room, 700 Mass. Ave. QBG reads Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. Queer Book Group/Social reads great LGBTQ-themed books, both fiction and nonfiction, and hosts LGBTQ-themed social events. New members are welcome, so come make some new friends and expand your community! Cosponsored by the Rainbow Commission.

Dec. 13: PFLAG Parent/Family Support Group, 7-9 pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road Lexington.

Dec. 18: Reel Queer Watches I Am Not Your Negro, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room, , 700 Mass. Ave. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and based on the book James Baldwin left unfinished upon his death, the film is a radical narration about race in America. PG-13. 1h 33min. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging and the Rainbow Commission.

Jan. 10: PFLAG Parent/Family Support Group, 7-9 pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington.