Parent Forum: Deciphering the LGBTQIA+ "Alphabet Soup" Monday, December 4, 7-8:30pm at Ottoson Middle School
Lovingly referred to as “alphabet soup”, the acronym indicating the many sexual and gender identities seems to grow longer every year. Come hear a panel of speakers discuss their identities and offer suggestions and support to parents, friends, and educators of LGBTQIA+ youth. There will be a time for questions after the panel, as well as a handout of local and national resources.
PRESENTERS: Speak OUT Boston is a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi-trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of their lives. They do so by; Sharing their lives and experiences publicly in order to support those struggling with sexuality and gender identity; talking within the communities they represent about issues that divide us. Speak OUT panelists engage audiences in honest dialogue, and in keeping with the motto “Ask US Anything,” invite any questions that may challenge harmful stereotypes and misconceptions.
Queer Night Saturday, December 16, 6:30-8:30pm at Fox Branch Library
Members of the BAHS QSA will be hosting a monthly Queer Night at Fox Library in Arlington. They say, “This is a monthly gathering for the queer youth community (LGBTQ+ folx and allies). Hang out! Eat food! Meet people! FUN TIMES!” There will be two adult chaperones present, as well as a hang-out area for parents (the event itself is youth-only).
Robbins Library holds monthly drop-in sessions and other events for LGBTQ+ teens. Please refer to the online calendar for more information about these events.
For two years, Queer Mystic organized Friday night drop-in sessions where LGBTQ+ youth and allies participated in art, theater, history, and other activities. While we are no longer providing weekly drop-in nights, we continue to provide social and educational events for LGBTQ+ youth, allies, and families.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Gathering Hosted by Lexpride Sunday, November 19, 3-3:30pm at Depot Square in Lexington Center
In 2017 so far, there has been one homocide a week of an LGBTQ person in the United States. The victims of these hate violence related homicides have overwhelmingly been transgender women and queer, bi, or gay men. 75% of the victims are people of color.
In a time when hatred based violence is so pervasive, please join us to express love and respect for all. This short event will engage multifaith & secular remembrance of those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence.
Please feel free to bring along & share your own remembrance, quote, prayer, poem or statement.
Benefit for True Colors: Out Youth Theater Thursday, November 16, 6-8pm at 50 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138
True Colors: Out Youth Theater is a program for LGBTQ and allied youth leaders, the majority of whom are ages 14-22 from Boston neighborhoods. Every year, True Colors youth visit schools, community centers, government agencies and local businesses. They share their stories about the realities facing Boston's young people, including homelessness, bullying and discrimination. Their energy and brave voices in the face of these hardships create change that impact thousands of other youth and adults to be OUT in their communities. In 2016, True Colors received the National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House! True Colors was the FIRST EVER LGBTQ youth group to win this prestigious award! Buy tickets here.
Intergenerational Meal (FREE!) Presented by Arlington Council on Aging & Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network Thursday, November 9, 6:30pm at Arlington Senior Center (main hall), 27 Maple St.
Share a delicious meal with friends and neighbors and enjoy a presentation from THE HISTORY PROJECT on local LGBTQ+ history. This is a chance to get to know other LGBTQ+ folks and allies of all different ages, learn about each other’s lives and histories, and foster intergenerational community. We look forward to meeting you!
Halloween Drop-In Night for LGBTQ+ youth and allies Saturday, October 28, 7-9pm at the Fox Branch Library
Happy Halloween from QueerMystic and the Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer Straight Alliance! Please mark your calendars for the Halloween Drop-In night, one week from today!
QueerMystic and the Boston Area Homeschoolers QSA present a HALLOWEEN DROP IN NIGHT for LGBTQ+ youth and allies! Come in costume for a chance to win prizes; enjoy free Halloween-themes snacks; enter a raffle in support of Youth on Fire; enjoy music and dancing and queer spooky fun!
other ongoing EVENTS
Arlington High School Gender & Sexuality Alliance meets after school on Thursdays in Room 413. The club's goal is to educate people about the LGBTQ spectrum, and to discuss issues in the LGBTQ community. More info here (scroll down to "Gender and Sexuality Alliance.")
Ottoson Middle School Queer Straight Alliance meets on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:15 in room 356. More info here.
Boston Area Homeschoolers QSA meets Tuesday mornings from 10-12 in the Robbins Library conference room.
The Rainbow Alliance meets on Mondays 2:30-3:30 at Brackett Elementary School for all Arlington 4th and 5th graders. This is a safe space to learn about and discuss age-appropriate LGBTQ+ topics. For more information, email AnitaCristina Calcaterra at acalcaterra[at]arlington.k12.ma.us.
To learn more about the Minuteman High School GSA, please call (781)861-6500.
Gender Support Group meets the second and fourth Fridays of the month 10-10:30am at Arlington High School in Room 307 Fusco House. Arlington High School students can contact Andrea Razi for more information at arazi[at]arlington.k12.ma.us.
Queer Book Group (for adult and older teens) meets at Robbins Library in Arlington every last Wednesday of the month at 7pm.