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Important Announcements

Pride Banners

We’ve been raising funds to create Pride banners for the streetlights in Arlington Center, on Mass Ave, on either side of Pleasant St. We were able to surpass our goal of 8 banners! We expect we’ll have at least 10 banners hanging in the center by the latter part of June. We look forward to using these for years to come.

We’d like to sincerely thank all our generous donors to the Pride banners:

  • Arlington Human Rights Commission
  • Attorney Mary Winstanley O’Connor
  • Elaine Shea – In honor of her grandchild
  • David Lenoir Homes
  • Andy Rubinson and Robert Davison
  • Mel Goldsipe
  • Molly & Daniel Gillis
  • Calvary Church, United Methodist
  • Cindy Friedman
  • Dave Rogers
  • Bill Gardiner
  • Cynthia S. Tavilla, PSY.D.
  • S.R. Nelson Marrufo
  • Charlotte and James Milan
  • Lisa Krinsky
  • Heather Phelps

Select Board Approves Pride Proclamation

On Monday June 8th, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Rainbow Commission went before the Select Board and were given approval for our June 2020 Pride Month Proclamation. Recognizing and standing in solidarity with communities of color, particularly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people who continue to suffer constant injustice, we felt it important to draw the comparison with the Stonewall riots and the following fight for equality that continues to this day.

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.

Who we are

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

Please see our recent newsletters for an up-to-date listing of upcoming 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.

Jun 18: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Virtual Meeting

Jun 20: Virtual Pride Gathering, 2-4pm, Virtual Meeting. See details above and register here to attend the event. 

Jun 24: Virtual Meeting – Queer Book Group Reads Little Fish, Wednesday at 6:30pm. Email Rob at rlorino@minlib.net and you will be sent the Zoom meeting link close to the time of the meeting.

Jul 16: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Virtual Meeting

Aug 20: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30pm, Virtual Meeting

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.

Additional events can be found in LexPride‘s weekly newsletter. Go to lexpridema.org/contact to sign up.

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