Whether gay, straight, bisexual, or transgender, health and support resources are available for youth and adults alike. Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for LGBT is a priority to the Commonwealth. Many programs and resources in Massachusetts exist to aid those looking for education, support, or safety.
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) ’s Safe Spaces for GLBTQ Youth Program is committed to providing opportunities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth to develop their full potential in a safe and supportive environment. The project funds 10 programs known for their community-based focus on specific racial, cultural, and class enclaves of the GLBTQ youth community, which include homeless GLBTQ youth and transgender youth programs.
- The GLBT Youth Support Project (a program of Health Imperatives) provides training and on-going support for educators and health and human service providers to implement welcoming and appropriate programs, policies, and services for young people and their families.
Violence and suicide prevention:
- The MA Transgender Suicide Prevention Working Group – a collaboration of the DPH, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Fenway Health, Samaritans, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention – was formed in the summer of 2008 to make communities safer for transgender people.
- The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.
- BAGLY – Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
- CIGSYA – Cape & Islands Gay Straight Youth Alliance
- GLAD – Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
- NAGLY – North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
- PFLAG – Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
- The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging offers bereavement support groups, caregiver support groups, a speaker’s bureau, meal programs, community education seminars, and cultural competency trainings. Through education, advocacy, and outreach, they help LGBT elders grow older with the dignity and respect they deserve.
For a statewide list of LGBT Pride month events, visit LGBT MassVacation. Have a happy, healthy, and safe Pride Month celebration!
Let us know in the comments how you plan to participate in Pride Month, or tweet us @MassGov.
Tags: civil rights, elderly services, health, health resources, LGBT, LGBT Pride, LGBT Pride Month, LGBT youth, LGBTQ, LGBTQ Pride, LGBTQ Pride Month, LGBTQ youth, Pride Month, suicide prevention, violence prevention, youth services
Honor Massachusetts Veterans This Memorial Day posted on May 22
Massachusetts proudly supports and honors military members who have died fighting for our country, and Memorial Day — May 25, 2015 — offers residents of the Commonwealth an opportunity to remember fallen heroes. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) and the Department of …Continue Reading Honor Massachusetts Veterans This Memorial Day
Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week posted on May 19
The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. National Safe Boating Week, designated from …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week
Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities posted on May 15
Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs designed to help these families by providing a wide array …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities