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FREE Beyond Trans 101 workshop

Join the Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission for a FREE workshop on supporting the trans community. Monday, Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St. RSVP to

We invite members of the LGBTQIA+ community and experienced allies to this overview of the issues transgender, gender queer, and gender variant people face; cultural information; history; and the connections between the trans movement and gay rights movement. (For people who are interested but haven't done Trans 101 work yet, we'll have a more introductory event this fall.)

  • What does it mean to be transgender?
  • Where do trans people fit into the larger movement for rainbow-community rights?
  • How can cis folks be effective allies to trans communities? 

The LGBTQIA+ communities have always been historically linked, but transphobia and homophobia have been used to try to keep them separated. Trans individuals deal with a myriad of issues, some similar to LGBQ+ struggles and some significantly different. This training will help participants explain the “T” in LGBTQIA+ to others.

Changing policies for trans youth and adults can mean the difference between them being outed and/or denied access to services and being in control of their medical information, their identity, and their dignity. Participants will leave with concrete ideas of policy changes they can implement to create more welcoming and inclusive institutions.

Trans rights in Massachusetts

There is a question that will be brought to the voters of Massachusetts on the November ballot asking whether the state should maintain the current law that protects transgender people from discrimination. These important protections have been in place since 2016 without problem.

A yes vote preserves this state law protecting transgender and gender-nonconforming people from discrimination in public places, including stores, restaurants, hotels, public transportation, parks, museums, dentists’ offices, and hospitals. A no vote would repeal the law.

Image saying that the Arlington Select Board voted to endorse the Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign to uphold transgender equality in Massachusetts - see for more info

The Rainbow Commission and the Town's Select Board have joined the Freedom for All Massachusetts coalition in expressing support for keeping this important state law, which provides the same protections that Town Meeting added to the Arlington Bylaw a few years ago. But Arlingtonians do not stay within the town’s borders, so it's important that these protections be in place for trans folx wherever they travel throughout the state.

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Meeting info

Rainbow Commission meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Board of Health conference room in the Senior Center at 27 Maple St. All Rainbow Commission meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming meetings: August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 20. Check the Town calendar to confirm meeting dates.

The Arlington, Massachusetts, LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission promotes equality-affirming policies regarding the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, and brings greater visibility and empowerment to the LGBTQIA+ population through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other Town agencies, schools, and community groups. 
Copyright © 2018 Arlington MA Rainbow Commission, All rights reserved.

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