Protected classes in Arlington, Massachusetts, are: race, color, religious views, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, citizenship, age, ancestry, family/marital status, sexual orientation, disability, source of income, and military status. See the FAQ page for more information regarding nondiscrimation laws.
Arlington High School Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
The GSA is a student-run extracurricular club for that meets once a week to discuss LGBTQ-related issues. Membership is open to all students at the school.
As a community-based social service organization, the COA provides the same services to the entire population in Arlington that is 60 years and older. This includes access to social work, intake and referral, transportation, and support groups. Based on community discussions and work with the LGBT Aging Project, COA develops and implements monthly programs, both social and health-and-wellness specific to the LGBT seniors.
The Disability Commission does not specifically address LGBTQ+ issues, but it is inclusive of all people in Arlington who have disabilities.
The QSA, which meets after school is a place where kids of all sexualities and gender identities can go to discuss issues having to do with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender life and human rights, including coming out, bullying, how to support a friend who comes out to you, how to seek help when you or a friend needs it, and much more.
APD provides victim services to the LGBT community to include, but not limited to, domestic violence services, mental health services, and all other public safety services available to all the people it serves.
Rainbow LLI Boston offers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender seniors and friends the opportunity to build and strengthen community through educational programs and social activities. We run classes and a speaker series every fall and spring.
The library makes a special effort to include and highlight our holdings for the LGBTQ community in all areas of the collections through including titles regularly into displays, book clubs, and other genre lists. The building has gender-neutral bathrooms with inclusive signs.
LGBTQ programming includes:
- A queer social group and queer book group for adults, on alternating months
- LGBTQA drop-in night to hang out and meet other like-minded teens
- Teens-only LGBTQA book group where teens read and discuss a book selection chosen at previous meetings
Other services include:
- Frequently updated DVD LGBTQ movie lists
- Book lists for teens--one for fiction and another “help yourself” bookmarks with Dewey numbers that include LGBTQ non-fiction and sex education
AYCC provides counseling and helps with referrals to other appropriate agencies.
AYHSC works directly with the Mystic LGBTQA+ Youth Support Network.
Information about LGBTQIA+ Arlington faith communities coming soon!
LGBTQ Services Directory
More information about Boston-area LGBTQIA+ organizations coming soon!