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Apply to be a Commissioner by March 2nd

For those who are considering applying to be a Commissioner, please submit your letter of interest with resume to the Town Manager by March 2, 2020 to be considered. 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. If you are interested in applying, or know someone who might be, see and share our Rainbow Commission Application Flyer for more details. You can also stop by our next meeting on Feb 20th from 6:30-8:30 at the Jefferson Cutter Gallery at 611 Mass Ave.  

Planning for June 20 Pride Event

We're excited to announce that we've already begun planning for our 2020 Pride festivities, but we can't do it alone. We're looking for committee members who would like to be part of our Pride planning for a June 20th event (more details to come). Whether you're interested in being part of one of the sub-committees, or just looking to help out on the day of the event, we would love to have you involved. If there are other committees or events you'd like to be a part of, we're happy to have your assistance throughout the year. Please email us at if you are interested volunteering. 

Local LGBTQIA+ events

See our website for additional local LGBTQIA+ events.

LexPride Business Meeting, Friday, February 14, 2020, 9:00-10:30am
Lexington Community Center Room 212
LexPride’s Board members and volunteers meet to plan events, initiatives, and future directions. All are welcome to join!

QBG Reads Has The Gay Movement Failed? Wednesday February 26th at 7pm in the Robbins Library's 4th Floor Conference Room. Co-sponsored by Robbins Library and Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission

This month QBG reads the nonfiction book Has the Gay Movement Failed? by Martin Duberman.

“The past fifty years have seen significant shifts in attitudes toward LGBTQ people and wider acceptance of them in the United States and the West. Yet the extent of this progress, argues Martin Duberman, has been more broad and conservative than deep and transformative. Illuminating the fault lines both within and beyond the movements of the past and today, this critical book is also hopeful: Duberman urges us to learn from this history to fight for a truly inclusive and expansive society.”

New members are welcome! Come make some new friends & expand your community!

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Reel Queer Watches Rafiki Thursday February 27th at 6:30pm in the Robbins Library's Downstairs Community Room. Co-sponsored by Robbins Library, Arlington Council on Aging, and Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission

Join Reel Queer, an Intergenerational LGBTQIA+ movie series, for a screening of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm nominee Rafiki. Cosponsored by the Arlington Council on Aging.

“Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.”

This film is not rated and has a runtime of 1h 23min. Check for a list of potential triggers.

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Layers of Belonging: Stories of Intersectionality, March 7, 2020, 3-5pm Cary Hall in Lexington
LexPride is delighted to sponsor a showing of Layers of Belonging: Stories of Intersectionality for the general public on March 7, 2020! We held our first two shows in the past week, for leaders of cultural, faith, and community organizations (February 1) and for municipal, school, and elected officials (February 6). Both were meaningful and impactful, bringing participants a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of our identities and how that impacts the ways in which we feel a sense of belonging
in different settings. During the show, we begin with an overview of intersectionality and how it plays out in our lives. We then share stories and experiences, which True Story Theater improv actors embody in playback theater. In so doing, they capture the heart of the experiences, which is very powerful and compelling.

Our first two shows generated a great deal of positive feedback, including by four local candidates who
cited their experiences in responding to questions at yesterday’s Candidate Forum on Social Justice. We hope you will save the date so you can share in this uniquely wonderful experience!

Additional local events can be found in LexPride’s weekly newsletter. Go to to sign up.

Rainbow Commission meeting info

Rainbow Commission meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Robbins Library 4th floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave. Please note that the February meeting will be held at the  Jefferson Cutter Gallery at 611 Mass Ave.   All Rainbow Commission meetings are open to the public. Check the Town calendar to confirm meeting dates and locations and to see meeting agendas.

All Rainbow Commission meetings and events are open to the public. Please contact if you need accommodations. We regret that we generally do not provide ASL interpretation or assistive listening devices, but if you let us know at least a day before the meeting, we can bring a laptop to help with communication. Because of a shortage of qualified interpreters, we need at least 2 weeks notice to line up an ASL interpreter.

Assistance programs in Arlington

If you are in Arlington and need help making ends meet, please see the Town's website for information regarding the Food Pantry, affordable housing, fuel assistance, sports and activities assistance, and other programs.

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