As these facts demonstrate, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately likely to face instances of sexual harassment and misconduct, and are less likely to have adults to whom they can safely turn for assistance. By complying with the annual recommendations issued by the Commission, state agencies can ensure that they are reducing stigma faced by LGBTQ youth, creating safe spaces, and removing barriers to services for those who experience harm.
Non-consensual sexual contact
LGBTQ high school students in Massachusetts are nearly 3 times as likely to have experienced non-consensual sexual contact compared to their peers.
|Straight / Cisgender||7.4%|
Due to challenges like these they are also 4 times as likely to have skipped school in the past month due to feeling unsafe compared to their peers.
|Straight / Cisgender||3.4%|
And, LGBTQ youth are less likely to feel safe talking to their parents or guardians about important issues, with 1 in 3 feeling the need to stay silent instead.
239 School Districts were served in fiscal year 2016 by the Commission’s Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students.
18 State Agencies were issued recommendations by the Commission to make the Commonwealth a place in which all youth can thrive.
Read more about the needs of LGBTQ Youth at mass.gov/cgly.