Local LGBTQIA+ events
Mar. 21-Aug. 25: Exhibit on “Gender Bending Fashion” at the MFA.
May 16: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.
May 21: “The State of Hate in Massachusetts and What the Community Can Do to Respond,” 7-8:30 pm, Savings Bank Theater at Wakefield High School. The presentation provides a general overview of recent incidents of hate in Mass, and how they compare to national trends; an explanation of how to differentiate hate incidents from hate crimes and why this is important; and a review of best practices on how to respond to hate in your communities. Presented by ADL’s Metro North Advisory Committee and Wakefield Human Rights Commission. Register for free tickets.
May 23: Pride Subcommittee meeting, 7:30 pm, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St., Arts & Crafts Room (second floor).
May 24: Queer Victorians, 6:30-8:30 pm, Lexington High School room 220. Hosted by Lexington Community Education. Get to know a sample of LGBT Victorians who bent the rules of their society, and discuss the difficulties (and rewards) of searching for queer history. Nancy McCarthy is a historian, costumer, and seamstress from Arlington. She has been researching and recreating textile culture and women’s daily life of early America since 2011. Cost: $30. Register at https://lexingtoncommunityed.org/class/queer-victorians
May 24: LexPride Social, Graduation Celebration, and Film, 6:30-8:30 pm, Lexington Community Center dining room. In addition to the usual social activities (food, games, crafts, fun), LexPride will celebrate LGBTQ+ students who are graduating high school! Families, friends, and allies are welcome. Also included will be a screening of Coming Out: A 50-Year History, an engaging film in which young people interview LGBTQ+ elders who came out at different times in history. All are welcome.
May 25: LexPride at Discovery Day, 10 am – 3 pm, Lexington Center (along Mass Ave). Discovery Day is a street fair in Lexington Center with dozens of organizations, businesses, food purveyors, and entertainers offering everything from information to crafts to song and dance. LexPride will have a booth again this year.
May 29: Queer Book Group/Social plays video games, 7-8:30 pm, Robbins Library, 700 Mass Ave. Join us for a night of good queer company and a few of everyone’s favorite group video games, like Mario Kart and Smash Bros!
Jun. 6: Rainbow Commission monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library fourth floor conference room, 700 Mass Ave.
Jun. 8: Porchfest PRIDE Stage, 12-2 pm, Academy Street entrance to the Senior Center (27 Maple St.).
Jun. 9: Lexington PRIDE, 11 am – 2 pm, Visitor Center Lawn, Lexington, MA.
Jun 9: Arlington PRIDE, 1-4 pm, Senior Center, 27 Maple St.
Jun. 13: Reel Queer Watches Stonewall Uprising, 6:30-8:30 pm, Robbins Library, 700 Mass Ave. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we’re screening the PBS documentary Stonewall Uprising. “In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and demonstrations that lasted for the next six days.The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.” This film is unrated and has a runtime of 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Many of these events were copied from LexPride’s weekly newsletter. Go to lexpridema.org/contact to sign up.