Arlington LGBTQIA+ in the News

Rainbow Commission newsletter archive


New diversity coordinator plans on making big impact in Arlington – Arlington Advocate, Jan. 8, 2020

ABC’s of LGBTQ+ Video series from ACMi

Check out this new video series called ABC’s of LGBTQ+ covering topics like legal and discrimination issues, advancing social justice, etiquette and allyship and, of course, the ABC’s of LGBTQ+, an introduction to the community. The series includes appearances by the Rainbow Commission’s Vice-Chair Andy Rubinson and LexPride’s Co-Chair Valerie Overton. There are plans for further episodes, to be conducted over video-conference. 


Arlington still working on improving town’s “perfect” score for LGBT equality – Arlington Advocate, Dec. 9, 2019

Rainbow Commission announces fall events – Arlington Advocate, Oct. 9, 2019

New Arlington Police Chief to be named by November – Arlington Advocate, Sept. 24, 2019 [This article mentions that the Rainbow Commission will be among the community stakeholders involved in the interview process.]

Open Town Letter from Town Manager addresses Pedrini concerns – Arlington Advocate, Aug, 9, 2019 [This article mentions that, based on a recommendation from Rainbow Commission, the Police conducted an all-staff interactive training to improve services and climate provided to the LBGTQIA+ Community.]

Arlington hiring new Diversity Coordinator – Arlington Advocate, Jul. 3, 2019

Arlington Rainbow Commission awarded Boston Pride Community Fund grant   – Arlington Advocate, Apr. 15, 2019

2019 Boston Pride Community Fund Grants Announced –, Apr. 10, 2019

[State] Senate passes legislation on conversion therapy, ‘Lift the Cap’ on kids, women’s health – Arlington Advocate, Apr. 2, 2019

LETTER: Rainbow Commission thanks Police Chief Ryan – Arlington Advocate, Feb. 20, 2019

Arlington names acting police chief – Arlington Advocate, Jan. 10, 2019 [This article mentions that Acting Chief Juliann Flaherty has been APD’s liaison to the Rainbow Commission.]


Arlington special Town Meeting Oks recreational marijuana retailers – Arlington Advocate, Dec. 18, 2018 [This article mentions the Special Town Meeting approved expanding the Rainbow Commission to have up to 9 members.]

LETTER: Thanks for Arlington’s vote on Question 3 – Arlington Advocate, Nov. 27, 2018

Report: Arlington had 11 hate crimes last year – Arlington Advocate, Nov. 20, 2018

PHOTOS: Arlington hosts community vigil in wake of synagogue shooting – Arlington Advocate, Nov. 6, 2018

LETTER: Good to be together – Arlington Advocate, Nov. 1, 2018

Arlington Select Board, School Committee endorse ‘Yes’ on Question No. 3 – Arlington Advocate, Oct, 26, 2018

Arlington scores 98 in 2018 Municipal Equality Index – Arlington Advocate, Oct. 11, 2018

GUEST COLUMN: October LGBTQIA+ Events – Arlington Advocate, Oct. 11, 2018

Arlington’s Rainbow Commission hosts first Pride Month event – Arlington Advocate, June 11, 2018

GUEST COLUMN: Celebrating Pride in Arlington – Arlington Advocate, June 7, 2018

LETTERS: A magical Drag Prom night – Arlington Advocate, May 24, 2018

Arlington High hate graffiti suspects being offered restorative justice, school discipline – Arlington Advocate, May 21, 2018

Arlington community responds to hate graffiti at the high school – Arlington Advocate, May 4, 2018

Someone sprayed anti-gay, anti-semitic graffiti on an Arlington High parking lot – Arlington Advocate, May 2, 2018

Arlington Town Meeting approves Select Board name change, Capital Budget – Arlington Advocate, Apr. 25, 2018

Mystic LGBTQ+ awarded grant from Boston Pride – Arlington Advocate, Apr. 23, 2018

5 things to know from the Selectmen’s meeting (Members of the Rainbow Commission appointed) – Arlington Advocate, Feb. 27, 2018


Arlington earns high marks on LGBT policies – Arlington Advocate, Nov. 9, 2017

Guest Column: Looking ahead with Queer Mystic – Arlington Advocate, Nov. 2, 2017

Proposed Pride Commission would serve as place where questions are answered – Arlington Advocate, Mar. 24, 2017

Growing up LGBTQ in Arlington is complex, sometimes ‘weird’ – Arlington Advocate, Jan. 10, 2017


Arlington gets high marks in LGBTQ inclusiveness – Arlington Advocate, Oct. 19, 2016

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, Tim Ruggere – Arlington Advocate, July 17, 2016

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Thanks from Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network – Arlington Advocate, July 24, 2016

LGBT advocates seek dedicated space for Arlington youth – Arlington Advocate, July 14, 2016

Arlington students respond to Orlando with love-filled graffiti – Arlington Advocate, June 22, 2016

Arlington LGBT youth group to create mural for food pantry – Arlington Advocate, May 25, 2016

Resident suggests name change for Arlington Board of Selectmen – Arlington Advocate, May 24, 2016

GUEST COMMENTARY: Arlington must step up to protect our transgender neighbors – Apr. 24, 2016

GUEST COMMENTARY: With Beacon Hill failing, town must protect transgender residents – Arlington Advocate, Apr. 14, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thankful for local businesses – Arlington Advocate, Jan. 3, 2016


Queer Mystic to host Arlington gala launch event – Arlington Advocate, Nov. 4, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Arts center helps more than artists – Arlington Advocate, Oct. 25, 2015

Arlington LGBTQ teens need a dedicated, welcoming space – Arlington Advocate, Mar. 10, 2015

Letter: LGBTQ youth need community support – Arlington Advocate, Mar. 10, 2015


Letter: Teen librarian enthusiastic – Arlington Advocate, July 3, 2014

Celebrating a decade of same-sex marriage – Arlington Advocate, May 9, 2014

Letter: GSA thanked for hard work – Arlington Advocate, Feb. 27, 2014

LGBT group performs at Ottoson Middle School – Arlington Advocate, Jan. 3, 2014


Letter: Alliance is necessary – Arlington Advocate, Dec. 16, 2010


Letter: Increase understanding, inclusion – Arlington Advocate, Sep. 30, 2009