Student and Family Support (SFS)

State & National LGBTQ Resources and Additional Information

  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention Resources compiled by DESE

  • Gender Spectrum View External Link is helping to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

  • Welcoming Schools View External Link offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and many additional resources for schools on LGBTQ topics and more.

  • Frameline Youth in Motion View External Link provides free LGBTQ films and curriculum guides to educators in schools nationwide.

  • Family Acceptance Project View External Link is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and youth.

  • The Year We Thought About Love View External Link is a 68 minute documentary film which celebrates the powerful work of a Boston LGBTQ troupe, True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, as they write a play about love.

School Climate Data

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State Data from Youth Risk Behavior Survey
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2015 National School Climate Survey
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2015 Massachusetts School Climate Survey Snapshot

Statewide & Community-based Organizations

  • AIDS Action Committee View External Link is advocating at the city, state, and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conducting cutting edge HIV prevention programs, and providing health and wellness services to people already living with HIV.

  • BRC: Bisexual Resource Center View External Link is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.

  • Family Equality Council View External Link is committed to changing attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated - especially families with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

  • Fenway Health View External Link is working to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in the neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.

  • GLAD: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders View External Link works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

  • GLSEN Massachusetts View External Link, is working to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  • HBGC: Hispanic Black Gay Coalition View External Link is dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@LGBTQ community.

  • Keshet View External Link is an organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jewish people in Jewish life.

  • MassEquality View External Link is an advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

  • MTPC: Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition View External Link is dedicated to ending oppression and discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

  • PFLAG View External Link: Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays are a group of parents, families, friends, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They are committed to helping change attitudes and create an environment of understanding so that their gay family members and friends can live in a world that is safe and inclusive.

  • QAPA View External Link: Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston and New England area.

Youth Centered Organizations

  • BAGLY View External Link: Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth & the AGLY Network - find the AGLY near you!

  • Boston GLASS View External Link: Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services at JRI Health is committed to strengthening the GLBTQ Youth Community in Boston and provide resources in a supportive and safe environment.

  • Boston Youth Pride View External Link produces youth specific events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond.

  • Health Imperatives - GLBT Youth Support Project View External Link is committed to ensuring safe and supportive communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, adults, and their families.

  • Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth View External Link was established by law as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to recommend and advocate to all branches of state government effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth to thrive.

  • True Colors : Out Youth Theater View External Link uses a proven community-based theater approach to train and activate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied youth leaders ages 14-29.

  • The Sidney Borum Health Center View External Link affectionately known as the Borum, is a program of Fenway Health that provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12-29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else.

  • Waltham House View External Link is a group home for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Contact Information

Phone: 781-338-6319

Last Updated: September 20, 2018

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