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: Safeschoolsprogram@doe.mass.edu
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: . Safeschoolsprogram@doe.mass.edu
Important LGBTQ Resources
- [He.Him], Senior Consultant Jason Wheeler
- [He.Him], Senior Consultant Jeff Perrotti
- [He.Him or They.Them], Program Assistant Maxwell Nashashuk