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LGBTQ+ Commission Meeting



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Sarah Binney



Co-Chairs: Bill Barnert and Frank Arce
Tonight’s meeting chaired by:  Bill Barnert

  1. Welcome
  2. Assign Minute Taker
  3. Approve / Modify Agenda
  4. Approve March Minutes
  5. Introductions
  • Matt Nelson, Assistant to the City Manager

6. Project Updates (current actions, and plans) including reports from Sarah, Amelia, & Phoebe

7. Working Group Reports

  • All-Gender Bathrooms
  • Budget
  • City Forms
  • Communications
  • Community Center
  • Diversity
  • Events
    • Fair Housing Sat April 29 w/ Human Rights Commission at CPL. A) Do we want to table? If there is little room, do we want to share a table with the Human Rights Commission?
    • MayFair – Sunday, May 7th, 2023 (Rain Date, Sunday, May 21st) – Do we have enough Commissioners/Staff to table at MayFair?
  • Handbook
  • Housing
  • Public Health & Safety
  • Pride Brunch
  • Recruitment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Youth

8. Old Business

9. New Business

  • Now that we are “staffed up,” many of the responsibilities of the Co-Chairs & other volunteer Commissioners are now the responsibility of the staff. This includes approving any budget items.
    • Note: This will involve possible updates to the Commission By-Laws, Commission Handbook (both of which were going to be discussed & approved tonight – now on hold.) It will also involve an update to the unofficial Role of Commission Chair/Co-Chairs, Detailed Description document.
  • Question: Is there any further news on when we can go back to in-person meetings?

10. Report from Rainbows Across Communities

  • The annual Let Trans Athletes Play event will likely be on May 13th at Danehy Park. They are still negotiating with the City.
  • Multi-Town Community Pot-Luck Picnic - Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 29 (Rain date: Sunday, July 30), at one of the parks in Arlington.
    • Each town/city is also encouraged to schedule an additional pot-luck picnic for their community on another date. Do we want to?
  • Here is a partial list of known Pride events this year:






Sat, May 20, 2023

Youth Pride

Rose Kennedy Greenway


Thu, Jun 1, 2023

6:00 PM

Somerville Pride Flag Raising

Fri, Jun 2, 2023

after school

2nd Annual Cambridge Community Pride Day


Sat, Jun 3, 2023


Trans Resistance's 4th Annual Trans Resistance

March & Vigil for Black Trans Lives

Franklin Park ??

Sat, Jun 10, 2023

tba (AM)

Cambridge Pride Brunch

Cambridge City Hall


Sat, Jun 10, 2023

tba (PM)

Boston Pride Parade & Festival

Boston Common & City Hall

Sun, Jun 11, 2023


OUT MetroWest Pride Event

Exhibit A Brewing Company


Sun, Jun 11, 2023

12-4 p.m.

Sharon LGBTQ+ Pride Car Parade and Festival

Memorial Park Beach

Beach Street

Sharon, MA


Friday, June 16

Saturday, June 17

Sunday, June 18

8 pm

8 pm

3 pm

BGMC: Whitney & Friends

Jordan Hall


Sat., June 17

1:00 PM

Belmont Pride parade/picnic/bands

Belmont Town Green

(404 Concord Ave)


Sat, Jun 17, 2023


Arlington Pride Festival

Town Hall Gardens,

in Town Hall if rain.


Sat, Jun 17, 2023


Somerville Big Gay Dance Party

Union Sq

Rain date June 18

Sat. Jun 24, 2023



LAST YEAR's INFO: Brunch, parade, festival, after party; parade lineup 9am, starts 10am.


Thurs, Jun 29 -

Sun Jul 2


Boston Urban Pride Weekend 2023

Various ($)


Thurs June 29 - Youth Urban Pride Event TBA

Fri June 30 - 2pm-6pm: Welcome to Boston

Fri June 30 - 9pm-1:30am: Pitch Black

Sat July 1 - Healthy Summit TBA

Sat July 1 - 2pm-6pm: Colors

Sat July 1 - 9pm-1:30am: Entourage Pt. 2

Sun July 2 - Music & Arts Festival TBA

Sun July 2 - 10pm-2am: Finale

Sat, Jul 22, 2023


Hyannis Village Green


Rain Date: Sunday, 7/23

11. Public Comments / Announcements

12. Next Commission Meeting: Thursday, May 25, 2023, over Zoom


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