Office of Student and Family Support (SFS)

Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students

The Safe Schools Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students is a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth . Founded in 1993 in response to concerns about LGBTQ youth suicides and other risk factors, the program now offers a range of services designed to help schools implement state laws impacting LGBTQ students, including the state's anti-bullying law, gender identity law, and student anti-discrimination law.

Training and Technical Assistance

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students informs policy and provides training, technical assistance, and professional development to school administrators and staff on topics related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and school climate.

Requests for trainings can be submitted online, Submit a Request.
For Technical Assistance please email:

Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council

The Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council creates and informs policy, promotes inclusive learning environments for all students, supports the development of leadership skills, and fosters statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies. Members of the GSA Leadership Council develop and implement projects designed to make change in local schools, districts and regions.

The Safe Schools Program manages the Massachusetts GSA Advisor Listserv . Requests to join the listserv can be sent to:

Important LGBTQ Resources

Contact Information


Phone: 617-624-5495

Key Personnel

Molly Wexler-Romig, Administrative Assistant

Jordan Meehan, Policy Coordinator

Jason Wheeler, Senior Consultant

Jeff Perrotti, Senior Consultant

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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