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.
Tuesday, October 6th at 1:00PM at the State House, there will be a Judiciary Hearing on the Public Accommodations Bill. If passed, this bill will protect transgender people from discrimination in public spaces (i.e. the movies, restaurants, malls, parks, the MBTA). More information about the public accommodations bill can be found here.
For information about eligibility requirements and the application process, click here. Deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, October 1st.
If you or someone you know, is passionate about LGBTQ issues, then apply to become a commission member. The Commission is now accepting applications until Sunday, September 20th. To apply, click here.
The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is hiring an Administrative Assistant! Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Jeff Perrotti by August 28, 2015 at 5pm. To learn more, click here.
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...
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...
“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...
“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...
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!
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...
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...
*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.
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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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