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What is the 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 GSA Leadership Council consists of a state council and five region-based councils. During the 2020–2021 school year, all state and regional council meetings take place bimonthly and virtually, from 10 AM to 1 PM.

We invite you to register a team of students and adult advisors to join other GSA student leaders and advisors at the regional council meetings. We encourage adult advisors to attend the meetings with their students. The state and regional council meetings occur during school time, we ask that schools support student and advisor attendance with appropriate arrangements for excused absences. Below you will find a list of meeting dates and locations for 2020–2021.

The Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council is part of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth.

2020–2021 GSA State and Regional Meetings

See the 2020–2021 Meeting Calendar Download Word Document for dates and registration information for both state and regional meetings.

Note: GSA Advisors may submit this letter Download Word Document to your school administrators to request excused absences for both you and your school's students for the listed dates and times. If you have any difficulty with getting these absences approved, please reach out to the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth at to discuss.

GSA Leadership Summit 2021

The GSA Leadership Summit is a multi-day conference for high school students accepted to the GSA Student Leadership Council. To apply for the 2021 Summer Summit and the 2021-2022 GSA Leadership Council, please find applications at Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council page. Applications are due Friday, May 14th and decisions will be sent by May 26th. Accepted applicants will both attend the Summit and be a member of the 2021-2022 GSA Leadership Council.

Have You Updated Your School GSA Contact Information?

We are always trying to stay up-to-date with school-based GSAs. Please take a moment to update your GSA information.

Contact Information for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students


Phone: 617-447-4730

Last Updated: April 28, 2021

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