Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth

About Us

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is established by law as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to recommend and advocate to all branches of state government effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth to thrive.

The Commission was created by the General Court in an Act of Jul. 1, 2006, ch. 139, §4, codified in Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 3, §67 (2006). Learn about our Values and History.

Contact us
Kevin Lam
Commission Coordinator
kevin.lam@state.ma.us
617.624.5495


 

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In the News

Request for Proposals: Video Project for Safe Schools Program

The Commission seeks a video producer or production company to develop professional quality video segments of students, parents and school personnel. The video segments will increase the Safe Schools Program's capacity and web presence, as well as provide support to the training cadre for their trainings. Questions must be submitted by Friday, April 29th by 11:00AM EST. Deadline for proposals is by 4:00PM on Monday, May 9th. For more information about the RFP process or to apply, click here.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Alexandria Chiu at alexandria.chiu@doe.mass.edu.

Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth Releases Annual Recommendations

On Monday, February 29, 2016 the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth released its 2017 Fiscal Year Policy Recommendations. For a brief overview of what the recommendations entail for this Fiscal Year, read and/or listen to the interview between WAMC and the Commission's Director of Policy & Research, Hannah Hussey, here.

2016 Commission Swearing-In Ceremony

The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth is pleased to announce our annual Fiscal Year 2017 Policy Recommendations Release and Swearing In Ceremony.

Please join us as we swear in new Commission members and highlight successes for LGBTQ young people in the Commonwealth as well as the challenges that remain. The ceremony will feature Attorney General Maura Healey as well as youth representatives from the statewide GSA Student Leadership Council. Light refreshments will be provided.

February 29, 2016
3:00PM-4:00PM
State House | Grand Staircase

Commission Outlines Agenda for LGBTQ Youth (via BNN News)

Vilma Uribe and Erika Rickard, members of the Mass. Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth, talk about its recommendations for the coming fiscal year. Interview for BNN News. Aired March 19, 2015. Click here to view...

Parents of transgender kids want their children to be treated equally (via The Boston Globe)

This month we saw Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito express her commitment to helping gay and lesbian youth in Massachusetts (“Going all in on gay rights”). While we were encouraged by her evolution on marriage equality and her recent support of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth, we were disappointed, as the parents of transgender children, that her statements of support fell short. Click here to continue reading...

Karyn Polito’s gay rights conversion (via The Boston Globe)

“We can strengthen families that have children that are gay or lesbian, and improve homelessness, mental health, suicide, bullying,” she said. “I really feel . . . I can bring a voice to this and make a difference.” Click here to continue reading...

MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth’s Annual Recommendations; Prioritizing Expansion of Public Accommodation Protections (via The Rainbow Times)

“I believe that all of the Commission’s recommendations are critically important in helping to address the significant safety and health disparities facing LGBTQ youth in their families, schools and communities, and so I applaud the work of my colleagues and our state agencies in developing these priorities.” Click here to continue reading...

New principles unanimously passed by Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

We are pleased to announce that the revised principles for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education were passed with a unanimous vote on March 24, 2015. Board Vice Chair David Roach congratulated the Safe Schools Program, saying "We've come a long, long way...and I thank you for the work you've done" and asked commission members to stand as the Board clapped in appreciation. Thank you to our community partners for supporting this crucial work, we couldn't have done this without you!

MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth Annual Swearing In Ceremony with remarks from Lt Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, and Attorney General Maura Healey (via MassLive.Com)

The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth released a 70-page report on Tuesday recommending policy changes at state agencies that touch on topics ranging from facilitating access to photo identification cards for homeless LGBTQ youth to incorporating LGBTQ-related topics into school curricula. "We continue to work with state agencies, meet with them all year long to make these things happen," said Julian Dormitzer, chairwoman of the commission. Click here to continue reading...

Report: State Must Support Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Youth (via Boston Herald)

Massachusetts must do more to help meet the needs of the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by a state commission charged with making recommendations to Massachusetts policymakers. Click here to continue reading...

Upcoming Events
  • Full Commission Meeting*
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 
    6:00-8:00 PM 
    Public Health Council Room, DPH
  • Executive Committee Meeting*
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 
    6:00-8:00 PM 
    Lobby 2, DPH

*Please be advised that due to building security standards, attendees of all meetings must RSVP by 12:00 PM on the day of the meeting. Please RSVP to Kevin.Lam@state.ma.us

Attendees who do not RSVP will not be allowed to enter the building. Attendees are advised to bring state issued identification to gain access to the building.

The Commission Chair must be notified of photography, video, or cell phone recordings of Commission meetings.

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Annual Reports and Reccommendations

The Commission on LGBTQ Youth is mandated each year to issue policy and program recommendations to the executive branch and state agencies that provide services to LGBTQ youth as well as to the state legislature to advocate for adequate funding and services for LGBTQ youth. The Commission also issues a annual report that evaluates how well government programs and the private sector is addressing the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in the state. These annual recommendations and annual reports are available here for all in the Commonwealth to review.

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