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 View External Link.
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:

GSA Student Leadership Summit — 2019

The Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council is holding its annual GSA Student Leadership Summit August 10–12, 2019 at UMASS Amherst. The Summit is free to attend, meals and limited transportation are provided. The goal of the summit is to develop high school student leaders and support statewide connections by establishing a statewide body of student leaders known as the Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council. You should consider applying for the GSA Leadership Council if the following statements are true for you:

  • You will be enrolled in high school (grades 9–12) during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • You want to have a meaningful impact on creating safe and supportive learning environments for LGBTQ students in your school and within your region.
  • You are committed to further developing your leadership skills.
  • You are in good academic standing within your school. Attendance at GSA State and Regional meetings should be a top priority. Please consider your ability to balance your academic responsibilities with your participation on the State GSA Leadership Council.

Please note: This application must be completed in one session and contains both demographic information and short-answer questions. Please plan to spend about 30 minutes filling out all the details. Have prepared contact information (name/phone/email) for your current GSA advisor and their willingness to serve as a reference for your application. Applications must be completed by Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Applicants will be notified about their status by email in mid-May.

Please send all applications questions by email to:

Applications: Applications are available online. If you will be in grades 9–12 next year, please complete the student application View External Link. If you are over 18 and interested in volunteering to be a part of the Summit Staff Team, please use the staff application View External Link.

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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