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 (not cosponsorships) are open to the public and accessible. Please contact 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.

Jan. 17Rainbow Commission meeting, 6:30 pm, Town Hall 1st Floor Annex conference room, 730 Mass Ave.

Jan. 17: LGBTQ+ Seniors Games and Cocoa, 6:30-8 pm, Arlington Senior Center , 27 Maple St. Meet new friends, or bring your own. Challenge your mind with games and have some laughs. Play one of our games, or bring your own. Warm up with a nice mug of hot chocolate and snacks.

Jan. 18: Gays In The Ocean (party for LGBTQ+ teens/young adults and allies), 5-8 pm, LYFS at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. Listen and dance to Ocean Beats, Haley Kiyoko’s Under the Blue, Frank Ocean, LGBTQ+ anthems, and your requests. Chill in the next room and peruse LexPride’s LGBTQ+ book collection. Eat dinner, goldfish, Swedish fish, and fish cookies. Have fun!

Jan. 23: Kate’s Café (Meal for LGBTQ+ Seniors and Friends), 5-8 pm, S&S Restaurant, 1334 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Enjoy a meal and companionship with LGBTQ+ seniors and friends. $4 for seniors 60+,
$7 for adults under 60. RSVP: or 617-628-601 x3193.

Jan. 25: LGBTQIA+ Teen Drop-In Space (every Friday when school is in session), 5-6 pm, LYFS at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. Free dinner, fun, and friends.

Jan. 30: QBG Game Night, 7:30-8:30 pm, Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave. This month QBG Social is hosting game night. New members are welcome. Come make some new friends and expand your community.

Feb. 11: Reel Queer watches The Miseducation of Cameron Post, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Mass. Ave. This film has a runtime of 1h 31m and is not rated. Common Sense Media suggests 16+.

Feb. 14: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-8:30 pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

SAVE THE DATE: Feb. 16: Cookies & Community, hosted by the Rainbow Commission.

Feb. 28: National “I Am Jazz” Reading Day (for children ages 3+ and families), 4-5 pm, Cary Library, 1874 Mass. Ave., Lexington. Transgender teens and young adults (of varying identities) will read and tell stories and help participants with a “gender wheel” craft.

Mar. 12: When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities: A Poetry Reading by Chen Chen, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. 7-8:30 pm, Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Sq, Lexington. Lexington Community Education, $10.

SAVE THE DATE: Mar. 16: Crafts & Community, hosted by the Rainbow Commission.