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LGBTQ+ news: Seniors meetup at Town Hall Tuesday

Check out the latest updates from the Rainbow Commission:

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Arlington & Beyond LGBTQ+ Seniors virtual meetup and check in schedule for the upcoming month: (All programs open to all & all ages) 


2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 in person, Arlington Town Hall

January 25 on zoom

All local rules regarding masking, social distancing, etc., will be followed based on the most up to date guidelines.

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Marci Shapiro Ide is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Arlington & Beyond LGBTQ+ Seniors virtual meetup and check in
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LGBTQ+ Solstice Celebration - Allies Welcome!
December 21, 2021, 6:00-7:30pm
We extend a particular welcome to trans folks and people of color.

The winter solstice is a time to celebrate our resilience, as we meet the longest night of the year and welcome the gradual return of daylight hours. This winter solstice, we celebrate both the return of the light and the resilience of our LGBTQ+ community.  Let's come together on Zoom to make music, make luminaria, and make new friends.

Register on Eventbrite at or by emailing Adele at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fill My Heart with Song and Queer Gear Giveaway
Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 1:00-3:30pm
Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, at top of hill)

Gay and older themselves, Joel and Dan love performing and singing with older and intergenerational audiences. Come experience joy and connection through song! Although part of LexPride’s Celebrating LGBTQ+ Seniors series, this is an intergenerational program for all audiences.

This event will also include a gender-affirming Queer Gear Giveaway, with both clothing and accessories (shoes, bags, jewelry, makeup) in a variety of sizes and styles.

Sponsored by LexPride. Cosponsored by Lexington Senior Services, Arlington Council on Aging, and Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission. Supported by a grant from the Dana Home Foundation.

Students may receive community service hours for attending/helping. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer.

About the performers:

Joel Light and Dan Moore, two proud senior gay men, have performed at numerous senior communities including Youville in Lexington, Brightview in Arlington, and Newton Senior Center. Joel and Dan's special passion is to bring joy to seniors with dementia through singalongs from their memories.

Joel Light, performer/educator, has performed at numbers LGBT gatherings under his drag name, Gretchen Snyder. Joel over the years has taught drama in the schools and is excited to be returning to his home town as he was a Lexington High School graduate. 

Dan Moore, performer/educator is a retired Framingham High School music teacher and present elementary substitute teacher. He has been involved in numerous LGBTQ building experiences.

LexPride Events - Visit the LexPride events list for a full listing of their upcoming events, including those that are being co-sponsored by the Rainbow Commission. 

Peirce School Rainbow Alliance

The Peirce School held its first in-person Rainbow Alliance meeting since its founding two years ago, with over 100 students, teachers, staff, parents and caregivers in attendance to play outside, enjoy hot chocolate, hear stories (read aloud by the teachers) and learn how to be an ally. A big thanks to the teachers, staff, and parents who organized the event!


Ottoson QSA winter window paintingOttoson

A big thank you to the Ottoson QSA who painted this fun, festive window, sponsored by the Rainbow Commission, in the winter-themed Arlington Heights window painting event. Great job and thanks for adding your colorful art to the holiday season! Come down and check it out along with many other window paintings throughout the business district.

Next meeting Thursday, Jan 20

Rainbow Commission meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm and are currently held on Zoom. All Rainbow Commission meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meetings: Thursday, January 20th, Thursday, February 17th, and Thursday, March 17th. Check the Town calendar to confirm meeting dates and locations. *Notice to the public on remote meetings: In the interests of preventing abuse of video-conferencing, all participants, including members of the public, wishing to engage via the Zoom App must register for each meeting and will notice multi-step authentication protocols. Please allow additional time to join the meeting. Further, members of the public who wish to participate without providing their name may still do so by registering to receive the meeting info and using the telephone dial-in information provided.

All Rainbow Commission meetings and events are open to the public. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need accommodations. We regret that we generally do not provide ASL interpretation or assistive listening devices. We need at least 2 weeks notice to hire an ASL interpreter. 

 These news briefs were updated Jan. 5, 2022.

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