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Belmont LGBTQ Alliance - June 2024 Community Events

Please join us for the Belmont Pride Parade on Saturday, June 15! All community members are welcome at this fun-filled annual event! Arrive at 12:45pm. Parade begins at 1:00pm. Meet at town green adjacent to 404 Concord Ave. See the attached flyer for route and more information!  

Also please check out upcoming community events, listed here.

If you’re interested in joining the Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance leadership team or you have an interest in leading an upcoming event (Fall Social, Trans Day of Remembrance, Town Day, Pride Parade, or new educational or social events), please contact us!

[Posted 6/3/2024]
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Belmont Pride March and Celebration - June 15, 2024

Please Join the Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance, Belmont Againsat Racism and Human Rights Campaign


Belmont Pride March and Celebration

When: Saturday, June 15th at 1:00 pm 

Join us for town wide celebrations! 

Gather at Belmont Town Green (404 Concord Ave) at 12:45 PM; step off at 1:00 PM


see flyer

[Posted 5/22/2024]
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Happy AAPI Heritage Month!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

Belmont Celebrates AAPI Heritage (BCAH) is excited to announce three main events organized for this year’s celebration - please see this flyer for more details on all three events!

  • BCAH Presents Award-Winning Author Grace Lin - Tuesday 5/14/2024, 7 pm at Chenery Upper Elementary

  • Chess Simul with a Grandmaster - Sunday 5/19/2024, 12:30-3:30 pm at Beech Street Center

  • AAPI Student Essay Contest - Deadline is Friday 5/31/2024, 11:59 PM

[Posted 5/2/2024]
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Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance - Transgender Day of Visibility & Spring 2024 Events

Please join the Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance for the following events in the coming weeks:

  • Transgender Day of Visibility: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 (see this flyer)

  • Social to Celebrate Marriage Equality: Friday, May 17, 2024

  • Town Day: Saturday, May 18, 2024

  • Boston Pride: Saturday, June 8, 2024 

  • Belmont Pride Parade: June 15, 2024

See Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance Calendar - Spring 2024 for details and additional events!

Website: https://www.belmontlgbtq.com/

Follow us on Facebook @belmontlgbtqalliance

[Posted 3/26/2024]
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Belmont Community Iftaar - March 16

The Belmont Muslim Friends Iftaar Committee would be delighted to have you join us at the Belmont Community Iftaar hosted by Belmont Muslim friends at the First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist, on Saturday, March 16 at 6 pm.

Belmont Muslim Friends is a coalition of Belmont based Muslims who work together to foster ties and promote a sense of unity between the Muslim community and the town of Belmont. At this event you will have the opportunity to observe the Muslim breaking of the fast, iftaar, observed from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan beginning March 11 this year.

We look forward to seeing you at the event. Please RSVP each guest by clicking HERE by March 8th.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email BelmontMuslimFriends@gmail.com.

[Posted 3/5/2024]
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MPDE Educator Diversity Career Fair - Saturday March 16

Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education (MPDE) invites you to their Educator Diversity Career Fair:

  • Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2024

  • Time:  10 am to 2 pm

  • Location:  Blanche Ames Elementary School, 50 Spooner Street, North Easton MA


Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Social Workers, Psychologists, Administrators and others can meet with over 50 school districts in one place.

MPDE is committed to recruiting and assisting in producing career opportunities for educators and administrators from diverse backgrounds, and forming collaborative relationships that will enhance staff diversity within our school districts.

[Posted 2/5/2024]
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3rd Annual Henry Tapia Memorial Vigil & Walk

Join us for the 3rd Annual Memorial Vigil & Walk to honor and celbrate Henry Tapia's life as we mark the third anniversary of his murder.

January 21, 3 pm - meet at 45 Upland Road, Belmont MA

Sponsored by Belmont Against Racism - please see BelmontAgainstRacism.org for more information.

[Posted 1/10/2024]
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30th Belmont Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast 1/15/2024

Please join the Belmont Human Rights Commission and Belmont Against Racism (BAR), in support of the METCO Program & METCO Support Fund, for Belmont's 30th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Virtual) Community Breakfast Monday, January 15th, 2024, 9:00AM

Keynote address by Danielle Johnson, Founder/CEO of Spark FM Online and BPS/METCO Alum. Highlights include music and art slide show by Belmont Public  Schools students and updates on METCO and the METCO Support Fund.

Register for this virtual event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/belmonts-annual-mlk-breakfast-tickets-788416514017

Register and get zoom link, watch in Belmont on BMC InfoTV - Ch. 96 on Comcast or Ch. 30 on Verizon, or watch online at belmontmedia.org/infotv

See this flyer for more details.

[Posted 1/10/2024]
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Belmont Wellness Coalition Parenting Group meeting Wed 11/29 7 pm

BWC's Parenting Group will discuss sharing strategies around setting parameters with our kids and how to get them to take responsibility for household tasks.

The Belmont Wellness Coalition (BWC) Parenting Group meets monthly during the academic year and offers parents a safe and supportive place to explore, discuss, and share strategies on parenting pre-teens and teens. Lisa and Maeve facilitate the group and offer guidance as well as resources related to each month's topic.

Recent topics include:

  • Transitioning Back-to-School, the newly licensed, and mid-week sleepovers

  • Cell Phone Surveillance, Privacy, Secrecy: What’s invasive? What’s appropriate?

Join us next on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 PM where we’ll be discussing: 

  • Sharing strategies around setting parameters with our kids - and - how to get them to take responsibility for household tasks.

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81577946616

Please see the BWC November 2023 Newsletter for more information on the coalition and sponsored activities.

[Posted 11/13/2023]
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Cookie Decorating Fundraiser 12/3/2023

Bring the whole family to decorate holiday cookies and donate to the Henry Tapia Scholarship Fund!

December 3rd, 4:30-6:30 pm at Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont MA. Please see this flyer and pass the word!

Join us to raise funds for the 1st annual Henry Tapia Scholarship, awarded to a Belmont High School 2024 graduate who has overcome hardship to graduate.

Bring the whole family to decorate holiday cookies, connect with community, and donate to a great cause!

Belmont Against Racism will match the total donations received at the event (up to $500).

If you would like to donate material goods for the cookie decorating fundraiser, please sign up here and thank you!

[Posted 11/13/2023]
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Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance - Volunteer Social 11/15


Learn how you can help make Belmont a safe, welcoming, inclusive community for all.

Volunteer Social 11/15/2023

  • Please join us for an informal gathering on to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance (Alliance leadership team and/or events). The Alliance is part of Belmont Against Racism (BAR).

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at Tatte Bakery & Café, 495 Trapelo Rd

  • Help make Belmont a safe, welcoming, inclusive community for all. Our goal is to create a town in which LGBTQ+ individuals can thrive. We organize education opportunities and community events, raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues locally and nationally, and partner with community organizations and local businesses.

  • Leadership Team Volunteers needed by Spring, 2024. Volunteers appreciated at any time.

  • For more info about Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance see: https://www.belmontlgbtq.com/volunteering 

Community Event 11/9/2023 - Arlington COA & Beyond LGBTQIA+ Seniors “Sage Table 2023”

  • Sharing our Stories: Come share yours! ACMI will record the stories to share at a later date. Intergenerational gathering (All ages welcome!). Please RSVP to 781-316-3419 or mshapiro-ide@town.arlington.ma.us to reserve your meal, but walk-ins welcome!

  • When: Thursday, November 9th at 6:00pm

  • Where: Arlington Community Center, 27 Maple Street

  • Co-hosted: Arlington COA, the Arlington Rainbow Commission, Arlington High School GSA, and LEXPride


[Posted 10/17/2023]
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CPLAN Parent Workshops

Attention parents: Join the Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network (CPLAN) and our Community Partners for workshops planned just for you!

Formed in 2016, the Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network (CPLAN) is a diverse group of passionate community advocates from the district, charter, parochial, and METCO schools in the city of Boston and gateway cities of Massachusetts working across all sectors to revive educational activism initiated and led by parents.

Join CPLAN and our Community Partners for workshops planned just for you. These workshops will help you learn how to make sure your kids are happy and do well in school. It's free to join, and everyone's invited!

All workshops are offered online via Zoom and in-person at locations across Brockton. Interpretation services can be provided in Spanish and Haitian Creole based on the language needs of registered participants. Details subject to change.

Click here for a flyer of upcoming events

[Posted 10/14/2023]
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Walk Against Hate - Sunday October 15, 2-4 pm

The Walk Against Hate is a fun and inspiring afternoon event, bringing together individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs, along with a diverse group of more than 35 community partners. It's not just a walk - it's a family-friendly event that demonstrates the collective power of the community coming together to move toward a future without antisemitism, racism, and all forms of bigotry.

This community walk is organized by the Kulanu group associated with Congregation Beth Elohim. Kulanu means “all of us” in Hebrew and is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to engage synagogues to oppose antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.

Our outreach to area congregations and community organizations has received an enthusiastic response. The initial impetus was to respond as an entire community to multiple incidents within our schools of Nazi imagery and memes. Recent anti-immigrant  activities at hotels in Woburn and Marlborough which house refugees demonstrates that hate groups are active in the region.

Let us stand and walk together to oppose hate. 

Details and registration are here:


  • 2:00 pm: Rally in Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Upper Gym

  • 2:30 pm: One-mile walk to Gardner Field

  • 3:30 pm: Concluding song and gathering


The walk will begin at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (ABRHS) Upper Gym and conclude at Gardner Field in West Acton.  Please Park in the West Parking lots (away from the playing fields)

Speakers include Local clergy including Rabbi Braham David, Congregation Beth Elohim, Acton, Wanjiku Gachugi, Acton’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, NE Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, a student speaker from ABRHS, and our local state legislators: Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Rep. Simon Cataldo and Rep. Dan Sena.

The CARE Coalition is proud to be a co-sponsor of this Walk Against Hate event.

[Posted 10/24/2023]
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BPS DEI Summer Update Video

In this message, you will hear from Chon'tel Washington, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Matt Kuzmeskas, Director of Technology, who talk about what they have been doing to prepare for the 2023-2024 school year:  click here for video

[Posted 8/21/2023]