The Rainbow Commission was created by the Arlington, Massachusetts, Town Meeting in 2017 (by-law II, article 13). The Commission’s purpose 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 Commission currently has seven volunteer members: six appointed by the Town Manager and subject to the approval of the Select Board, and one appointed by the School Committee. The December 2018 Special Town Meeting voted to expand the Commission by adding two additional optional Commissioners, to be appointed by the Town Manager when required. Applications are being accepted now for these 2 additional appointments.
Commissioners: Julia Forsythe (vice-chair, she/her), Bill Gardiner (he/him), Mel Goldsipe (chair, she/her), Brooks Harrelson (he/him), Lisa Krinsky (she/her), Helene Newberg (she/her), and Anna Watson (immediate past chair, she/her)
2017 Annual Report: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/home/showdocument?id=42864
Report to December 2018 Town Meeting (PDF)
All email correspondence with the Rainbow Commission is subject to public review under the Massachusetts Public Records Law.
Apply to Join the Rainbow Commission
The Town of Arlington seeks to appoint 2 members to the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, which was created by Town Meeting in 2017 and began in March 2018. The expanded Commission will consist of 8 members appointed by the Town Manager and approved by the Select Board, and 1 member appointed by the School Committee. The Rainbow Commission was created to promote equality-affirming policies regarding the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, and to bring greater visibility and empowerment to the LGBTQIA+ population through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other Town agencies, schools, and community groups. The Commission also works to foster community and connection among Arlington’s LGBTQIA+ population, from youth to families and elders.
The Town works to have Commission membership be equitable and inclusive. All are welcome to apply. If you reside in the Town of Arlington, 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.