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.

 

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Show your support for the proposed Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recommendations

Next Tuesday, March 24th, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be having a discussion and taking a vote on the attached principles for creating safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ students. These principles are the updated and expanded Recommendations on the Support and Safety of Gay and Lesbian Students that were originally adopted in 1993.

We are writing to ask for your help in two ways. The first is to show your support for the approval of these principles, in person, next Tuesday at the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden 02148. The Board Meeting is from 8:30AM-1PM, and we are #6 on the agenda out of 9 items - so please plan to be there by 10:00AM. The second way is to submit written testimony in support of the Board's approval of the principles. Written testimony that references the upcoming discussion and vote on the principles should be addressed as: Dear Members of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and may be submitted to BOE@doe.mass.edu

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...

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
  • Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Meeting*
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 
    10:00 AM 
    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Full Commission Meeting*
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 
    6:00-8:00 PM 
    MA Department of Public Health 
    Public Health Council Room
  • Executive Committee Meeting*
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 
    6:00-8:00 PM 
    Department of Public Health

*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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