SEVEN JP RESIDENTS SWORN IN DURING STATE LGBTQ YOUTH COMMISSION’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
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June 20, 2017
SEVEN JP RESIDENTS SWORN IN DURING STATE LGBTQ YOUTH COMMISSION’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]
BOSTON – Seven Jamaica Plain residents were sworn in for new terms on the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth on Tuesday at the Massachusetts State House, in a ceremony with Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders to recognize the Commission’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
“Contrary to perceptions of Massachusetts as a safe haven for LGBTQ youth, we know that queer young people continue to experience bullying, homelessness, criminalization, and lack of access to sexual health information,” said Tanekwah Hinds, Jamaica Plain resident and chair of the Commission’s Community Relations Committee. “We have a responsibility, as a community and as a state, to ensure that LGBTQ youth can thrive across the Commonwealth and right here in JP.”
Governor William Weld swore in the first members of what was then the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth in June of 1992, in response to high suicide rates among LGBTQ young people. Today, the Commission remains the first and only entity of its kind in the country.