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Rainbow Commission sponsors Arlington Heights Halloween Window


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Halloween artThanks to Em Phillips, the AHS GSA, Molly Blaauw Gillis and Elizabeth Kostojohn for painting this fun window for the Rainbow Commission as part of the Arlington Heights Halloween window-painting event on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Check it out at Kumon, along with many other windows along Mass. Av.e, on either side of Park Avenue. 


LGBTQIA+ Rainbow events: Select Board members celebrate

Eric HelmuthLen DigginsOn National Coming-Out Day, join our two out LGBTQIA+ Select Board members, Len Diggins, at far right, and Eric Helmuth, for an open conversation with the community Monday, Oct. 11, 7-8 p.m.

Get to know a little more about them, ask them any questions you'd like, and share your thoughts on how you'd like to improve the Town of Arlington. We hope you can join us.

Register to attend in order to receive the meeting information >>

Celebrating seniors Nov. 10 

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Seniors is a series of senior programs sponsored by LexPride, with co-sponsorship by Lexington Senior Services, Arlington Council on Aging, and Arlington Rainbow Commission, and supported by a grant from the Dana Home Foundation. The first three events are listed below. Click the flyer below to view fCelebrate seniorsull size.

After these first three events, we will continue to offer free monthly events to bring us together, express our creativity, share stories, and enjoy entertainment. All events are taking place at Lexington Community Center, 139 Marrett Road. 

Sign up here >> 

LGBTQIA+ Health Needs Focus Group, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m. 

Hospitals in the Beth Israel Lahey Health system are conducting their triannual community health needs assessments. A critical piece of this process is understanding community health issues, barriers to care and strengths/assets for specific segments of the population (e.g., LGBTQIA+, people of color, non-English speakers, individuals with disabilities, etc.).

They are planning a 1 hour virtual focus group with 10 to 15 folks that identify as LGBTQIA+, scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

All participants will receive a $50 virtual Visa gift card. If you are interested in participating, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Oct. 22.

Commissioner applications now being accepted

We are seeking to fill one commissioner vacancy in fall 2021 (to be filled by the Town Manager with Select Board approval). If you'd like to join us in making a difference, please consider applying.

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. See for further details on the commission.

Based on the commission’s current makeup, we especially seek to add voices from underrepresented communities. Applicants who can bring experience and knowledge from diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, racial, religious, economic, ability, and veteran backgrounds would help the commission better represent the wonderful diversity within Arlington’s LGBTQIA+ community. All are welcome to apply. The commission meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom during the  pandemic.  See to confirm upcoming meeting details.

To apply: Town of Arlington residents who are interested in becoming a member of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, can send resume and letter of interest to: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, 730 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA 02476 or email townmanager at 

Position will remain open until filled.

These news briefs were updated Oct. 9, 2021.



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