About Us

The purpose of the Rainbow Commission is to promote equality-affirming policies regarding the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, and bring greater visibility and empowerment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (and more) population through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other Town agencies, schools, and community groups.

The Rainbow Commission has seven members: six appointed by the Town Manager and subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen, and one appointed by the School Committee.

Commissioners: Julia Forsythe, Bill Gardiner, Mel Goldsipe (vice chair), Brooks Harrelson, Lisa Krinsky, Helene Newberg, and Anna Watson (chair)

2017 Annual Report: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/home/showdocument?id=42864

Newsletters: https://tinyurl.com/ArlRainbowNews