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
Landen Motyka
Commission Coordinator
landen.motyka@state.ma.us
617.624.5495

 

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In the News

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...

MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth Holds Healthcare Forum at State House (via Bay Windows)

Panel discusses healthcare accessibility challenges and best practice policy solutions for vulnerable populations. Click here to continue reading...

MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth Gets Senate Bipartisan Support to Expand Bullying Definition (via The Rainbow Times)

The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth lauded the Massachusetts Senate for its adoption of amendments to fund the Commission's work and to expand the definition of bullying to encompass all school personnel in the state's landmark Anti-Bullying Law. Click here to continue reading...

MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth Applauds Patrick Administration's Support of Trans Students (via The Rainbow Times)

The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth applauds the release of guidelines last Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) outlining how school communities should support transgender and gender-nonconforming students. Click here to continue reading...

Governor Patrick Celebrates Administration's Commitment to LGBTQ Youth (via Bay Windows)

On Wednesday, January 9, Governor Patrick swore in new and returning members of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and celebrated the progress his Administration has made in improving life for LGBT youth. Click here to continue reading...

Upcoming Events
  • Executive Committee Meeting*
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 
    6:00-8:00 PM 
    Department of Public Health, Lobby 2
  • Full Commission Meeting*
    Thursday, July 16, 2015 
    6:00-8:00 PM 
    Public Health Council Room, DPH
  • Executive Committee Meeting*
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 
    6:00-8:00 PM 
    TBD

*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 Landen.Motyka@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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