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.
"The Department of Education and Justice acknowledged Massachusetts on Friday through guidance on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ), citing Massachusetts as an example of a state already implementing policies in schools. The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning announced its strong support for the guidance released by the Obama Administration. The guidance asks public schools across the country to allow transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity." To read the full article, click here.
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.
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
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...
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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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