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The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth will hold an event on Saturday July 29 12-4pm at Grove Hall Library in Dorchester to celebrate 25 years of a dedicated state LGBTQ youth commission existing in the Commonwealth.20157309_1440597312668284_985679829956617284_o

The event, organized with the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY) and The History Project, will engage young people in discussing the history of the Commission and offer an opportunity to collaboratively set a vision for the future of LGBTQ young people in Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts has such a rich history of youth-led LGBTQ advocacy and organizing that young people do not hear about in the classroom,” said Corey Prachniak-Rincón, Director of the Commission. “Young people also have creative and progressive ideas for the future, based on their lived realities. It is critical that their voices drive our work forward.”

“The History Project welcomes the opportunity to join in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Massachusetts Commission for LGBTQ Youth,” said Libby Bouvier and Joan Ilacqua, Co-Chairs of The History Project’s Board of Directors. “As growing numbers of the Commonwealth’s LGBTQ youth seek a connection to those who came before them, The History Project provides an invaluable resource for sharing the record of our proud historical past with younger people. We look forward to having them participate in – and contribute to – our preservation efforts and programs in years to come.”

The Commission is the first and only entity of its kind in the country. It was created in 1992 in response to youth suicides by Governor William Weld as the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and was later re-established by the Legislature as an independent agency.

Participants will brainstorm how the Commission should address issues that continue to impact LGBTQ youth despite progress made during the past 25 years, such as homelessness, criminalization, and inadequate access to health information and affirming health services.

The event will take place from 12pm to 4pm at the Grove Hall Library. Lunch will be provided.

Media Contact:
Corey Prachniak-Rincón
Commission Director
(617) 994-9809

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