Aerial view rainbow crosswalks plan at Mass. Ave., Pleasant.

UPDATED, May 28: June is Pride Month ― a more-than-50-year tradition nationally ― and this year, Arlington’s Rainbow Commission offers two ways to celebrate:

  • All month, come see the eye-catching, multicolored rainbow, chalk-painted on the crosswalk at the Mass. Ave. and Route 60/Pleasant Street intersection. (Photo shows location; this year’s artwork will appear slightly different.) Chalking on Wednesday, June 9, from 8 through 11p.m., depending on weather. Sign up here to volunteer. 
  • On Sunday, June 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Uncle Sam Park in the Center, come celebrate our diversity and receive fun Pride swag. 
Pride proclamation 

The Select Board unanimously approved the Rainbow Commission’s Pride Proclamation at its May 19 meeting, including the following statements honoring Arlington:

  • Residents of Arlington have contributed to efforts to create a world in which everyone’s humanity and dignity is recognized. 
  • Town Meeting created the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission to promote LGBTQIA+-affirming policies for all residents of the town of Arlington. 
  • Arlington was one of only 10 municipalities in Massachusetts to earn a spot on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Municipal Equality Index, and one of seven in the state to earn a perfect score.

In a statement to board Chair Steve DeCourcey, Andy Rubinson and Lisa Krinsky, Rainbow Commission cochairs, wrote:

Selectboard logo, May 20, 2019'We have an enthusiastic volunteer group ....'
-- Andy Rubinson, Lisa Krinsky

"Over the past few years the Arlington Rainbow Commission has used temporary chalk paint on the cross walk in front of Town Hall and turned it into a rainbow colored crosswalk during Pride Month (June). We have been grateful for the Select Board’s support and previous approval as well as the assistance from the Arlington Police Department to safely decorate the crosswalk and avoid any traffic injury.

"Given the construction at Town Hall this year, we are proposing that we move the chalk-painted rainbow crosswalk to the Mass. Ave. crosswalks at the intersection of Rte. 60/Pleasant Street and Mass Ave. ...

"The commission is planning a socially distant outdoor Pride event for Sunday, June 13, and therefore request approval to paint the crosswalks in the evenings the week prior to that date (June 9th or 10th weather permitting) as the rainbow fades after a few weeks.

"In collaboration with APD, we have previously painted later in the evening. We’d like to begin at 8 p.m., when there is less routine traffic -- so that there is less disruption to traffic patterns as the APD redirects cars to use only 1 lane while the others are painted.

"We have an enthusiastic volunteer group who are ready and willing to paint rainbows across the intersections' crosswalks and we estimate that it will take 3 hours to accomplish this task with the assistance of the APD ensuring that traffic is reduced to fewer lanes while we are painting.

"We hope you will continue to support this fun and visible effort for all of Arlington (and those who drive through) to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride with us!"

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This news summary, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was published Saturday, May 22, 2021, and updated May 28.