Who we serve
In 1992, Governor William Weld created the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth in response to an epidemic of suicide among gay and lesbian youth in the Commonwealth. That original Commission was transformed in 2006 into an independent state agency established by law, which today is known as the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth.
The 50-member Commission, together with its staff, issue yearly recommendations and work regularly with all levels of state government on making the Commonwealth a place in which LGBTQ (and all) youth can thrive. Our most recent recommendations for Fiscal Year 2019 are available here.
The Commission also works with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to produce the Safe Schools Program, which organizes the statewide network of school Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and conducts trainings in every corner of the Commonwealth.