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Logo of a rising rainbow sun with the rays in various Pride flag colors above text saying Arlington, MA LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission

Free SAGE Table LGBTQIA+ Meal Nov. 14

Please join us for the third annual free meal and gathering of the Arlington and beyond LGBTQIA+ Community. SAGE Tables will be occurring all throughout the country around the same time. All ages. All are welcome. RSVPs welcome to 781-316-3419. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging and Rainbow Commission. Supported in part by a grant from the Boston Pride Community Fund.

SAGE Table is about building real connections IRL (in real life) that can sustain us all as we age.

Transgender Day of Remembrance in Lexington Nov. 17

Each year LGBTQIA+ communities around the world host Transgender Day of Remembrance events to honor the lives of transgender people killed in anti-transgender violence. Please join us in Lexington this year.

4-5pm, Social Hour: Make transgender ribbons, decorate candles, and connect.

5-6pm, Commemoration: Learn about Transgender Day of Remembrance, hear personal stories, light candles, sing, and connect.

Wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices (5-6pm). Gender neutral bathrooms.

Sponsored by LexPride, First Parish of Lexington, and the Rainbow Commission.


Transgender Day of Remembrance details, 4-6pm at First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington MA 

Volunteer opportunities

For those who are interested, we'd like to offer the opportunity to get more involved. If you would like to help us in any of our subcommittees or assist in preparing for or hosting one of our events, please take a moment to fill out this form, which details the areas that you can get involved in. Or add a note suggesting something else you'd like to help with. You can also add a note asking any questions you have for the commission. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you're interested in an LGBTQIA+ mentorship, contact Marci at 781-316-3419.

Volunteers and Commissioner Bill Gardiner at the Rainbow Commission's Town Day booth, with a table of Skittles, rainbow stickers, unicorn temp tattoos, and other giveaways

Local LGBTQIA+ events

See our website for additional local LGBTQIA+ events.

Nov 14: SAGE Table intergenerational LGBTQIA+ meal & karaoke, 6:30 pm, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St. See above for details. Cosponsored by the Council on Aging and Rainbow Commission. Supported in part by a grant from the Boston Pride Community Fund.

Nov 14: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-8:30pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Nov 16: Biversity Brunch, 11:30am-1pm, Foundry, 255 Elm St, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Nov 17: Transgender Day of Remembrance observance, 4-6 pm, First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Rd. See above for details. Cosponsored by LexPride, First Parish in Lexington, and the Rainbow Commission.

Nov 17: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.

Nov 18: No Hate November: The Impact of Hate and How We Combat It, 7-8:30 pm, Cary Library, Lexington. The Human Rights Committee will host a panel discussion with a diverse group of Lexingtonians (including a nonbinary person) sharing their personal stories of encountering hate. Following will be a discussion on the ways to combat hate, and how to choose to be kind during times of adversity.

Nov 18: Trans Day of Remembrance: An Evening of Education & Action for Our Siblings Behind Bars6:30-8:30PM, Fenway Health, 10th Floor (1340 Boylston St., Boston MA) RSVP required - email ylc@fenwayhealth.org to reserve your seats. The YLC is proud to be collaborating with Black & Pink, Prisoners' Legal Services, and Mass Trans Political Coalition to present an evening uplifting the voices and experiences of trans individuals whilst incarcerated and reentering the free world. Join to hear from formerly incarcerated individuals as well as those working on the legislative and community support side. A letter writing campaign to currently incarcerated LGBTQ+ individuals will follow.

Nov 20: QBG/Social's Annual Potluck, 7-8:30 pm, Robbins Library community  room (downstairs), 700 Mass Ave. Join us for our annual potluck. Bring a dish to share with the group (if you can) or just come enjoy the labor of others. (Per Massachusetts state law we need to let you know that the neither the food nor the facilities have been inspected by the state or by a local public health agency.) Cosponsored by the Robbins Library and the Rainbow Commission.

Nov 20: Trans Day of Remembrance

Nov 21: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Dec 4: Bisexual Social & Support Group (BLiSS), 7-9 pm, Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope St, Boston. BLiSS meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. All bi and bi-friendly people of all genders & orientations are welcome to attend. First Wednesday meetings are peer-facilitated discussion groups, sometimes with a pre-selected topic or presenter. Email bliss@biresource.net for more info.

Dec 6: LGBTQIA+ Teen/YA Drop-In, 5:00-6:00pm, LYFS (side entrance at First Parish in Lexington)
Come hang out with LGBTQIA+ teens/young adults and allies! LYFS will generally provide activities (or time to chat or chill) and snacks in this safe space. The LGBTQIA+ drop-in space is generally held the Friday of the first full week of each month. LYFS also provides free counseling during their drop-in hours and by appointment.

Dec 7: Embracing Diversity: Taking Action, 2:30-4:30pm, Lexington Community Center Dining Room. Dr. Karen Suyemoto, professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at UMass Boston, will talk about what it means to intentionally create a community in which people can interact authentically across differences – and facilitate discussions on how we can take action toward that end. Sponsored by the Lexington Diversity Advisory Task Force.

Dec 10: Reel Queer: An Intergenerational Queer Movie Series Watches “God’s Own Country,” 6:30 pm, Robbins Library, Downstairs Community Room. Join us for a screening of the 2017 BAFTA & Sundance Film Festival nominee. “In Yorkshire, a withdrawn gay farmer begins a torrid affair with a Romanian migrant worker who shows him the depths of his capacity for affection.” This film is not rated. Check bit.ly/reelqueergodsowncountry for content warnings. Cosponsored by QBG, the Council on Aging, and the Rainbow Commission.

Dec 12: Parent/Caregiver Group (every second Thursday of month), 7-8:30pm, First Parish in Lexington. Talk with others about the questions, struggles, practicalities, and joys of supporting someone with an LGBTQIA+ identity.

Dec 14: Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA) Meetup, 11:00am-1:00pm, see meetup link for details. QAPA provides a supportive social environment for queer people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. Join their monthly meetup!

Dec 15: Monthly Aces Social, 2 pm. See meetup.com/NewEnglandAces for more info.

Dec 19: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.

Dec 21: Biversity Brunch, 11:30am-1pm, Foundry, 255 Elm St, Somerville. This all-gender bi+ group brunches at Foundry in Davis Square the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Dec 30: Queer Teen/YA Meetup and Zine-Making, 9:00-11:00am, Lexington Community Center Room 237. Hey teens and 20-somethings! Want to have a mini-reunion during winter break, after a busy time at school, college, work, or other programs? Come hang out, reconnect, and give zine-making a try!
Zines hold a special place in queer history and culture, being one of the few ways queer people could communicate information about news, events, and events at times when doing so was illegal or dangerous. It’s still a way for marginalized peoples to share information and stories that resonate for us, especially when we lack other forms of visibility. No experience or special skills are needed. We will provide materials.

Additional local events can be found in LexPride’s weekly newsletter. Go to lexpridema.org/contact 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. 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 rainbow@town.arlington.ma.us 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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