WWLP 22 News
January 10, 2013

Governor Deval Patrick swore in new and returning members to the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth Wednesday.  While Massachusetts is considered a national leader at improving civil rights, members of the Commission say there’s still work to be done. According to a 2011 survey, gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth in Massachusetts are seven times more likely to have attempted suicide, twice as likely to skip school because of safety reasons, and twice as likely to be bullied. The Commission aims to improve life for LGBT youth by advocating for access to safer homes, public places and education programs. “We are fighting now for transgender issues,” said Brian Sides, a new Commission member from Amherst.  “We’re trying to raise awareness and tolerance and enact some law to provide some tolerance for those individuals.”

Transgender issues on LGBT group agenda