LGBTQ Government Resources

A comprehensive list of government resources related to LGBTQ issues, updated frequently.

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

The DESE website provides helpful information and resources for schools: 
Access to Equal Educational Opportunity: Laws and Regulations 
Guidance: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity 
Principles for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), DESE conducts the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in randomly selected public high schools in every odd-numbered year. The YRBS focuses on the major risk behaviors that threaten the health and safety of young people. The data collected from the YRBS survey highlights the significant social, economic, and health disparities faced by LGB youth: 
LGBT YRBS Data Over Time: 1997-2015 
2015 YRBS Factsheet 
2013 YRBS Survey Risk Behaviors and Sex of Sexual Partners Report 
2013 YRBS Risk Behaviors and Sexual Identity Report 
2013 YRBS Factsheet 

DESE also houses the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, which provides training, technical assistance, and professional development to students, staff, and administrators on issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and school climate. The Safe Schools Program also hosts workshops and connects students through the Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) Network. 

Learn about different aspects of GSAs through the Massachusetts Gay-Straight Alliances Youth Survey 2014:

 

For more information on training and technical assistance, contact: 
Jeff Perrotti 
440-315-1511 
jmperrotti@aol.com

For more information on the GSA Network and regional workshops, contact: 
Safe Schools Program 
safeschoolsprogram@doe.mass.edu

MA Department of Public Health (DPH) - Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth

Fosters collaborations with other state and community agencies to maximize the use of resources and help achieve program goals relative to the safety and support of LGBT youth throughout Massachusetts. Safe Spaces funds programs outstanding in their community-based focus on specific racial, cultural and class enclaves of the LGBT youth community, which include homeless LGBT youth and transgender youth programs. Many of the Safe Spaces programs focus on violence, suicide and injury prevention while addressing a range of other critical public health issues affecting each population.

Contact: 
Steven Smyth 
Program Director 
Safe Spaces for GLBTQ Youth
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Division of Violence and Injury Prevention
250 Washington St. - 4th floor
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 624-5490 
steven.smyth@massmail.state.ma.us
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/community-health/dvip/violence/safe-spaces.html

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