Congratulations to Pine Glen Fifth Grade Teacher Diana Marcus for being chosen as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Ms. Marcus was sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick last Wednesday at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. You can see Ms. Marcus in the picture below just over the shoulder of the woman standing in front of Governor Patrick.
BOSTON – Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – Governor Patrick today swore in new and returning members of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth and celebrated the progress his Administration has made in improving life for LGBT youth. Consistent with the Commission’s previous policy recommendations, the Patrick-Murray administration has improved LGBT youth access to safe homes; expanded training and education programs for agency staff and providers that interact with LGBT youth; and recognized gender identity in the analysis of youth health and safety.
“I am proud to join the members of the MA Commission on LGBT Youth to celebrate the progress we have made in improving conditions for LGBT youth and to look ahead at the work that needs to be done,” said Governor Patrick. “We do what we do as a matter of conscience – all young people should have a chance to thrive. In that spirit, we will continue to work with the Commission to promote healthy, safe environments for all youth, provide health education and services to meet the needs of the LGBT population and continue to affirm the dignity of every human being.”
“Growing up as an ‘out’ teen on Cape Cod not long ago, there was no GSA at my high school and nearest LGBT youth resource was an hour drive away. I was fortunate – I had a supportive family and adult role models – but too many LGBT young people in Massachusetts are not,” said Julian Cyr, Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth. “Governor Patrick has been a true partner to the Commission and a leader for improving the lives of young people across the Commonwealth. We look forward to continuing that momentum as we work with state agencies to advance changes in service delivery and education policy to close the gaps that still persist for LGBT youth.”