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Let’s make it better now for LGBT youth

Twenty years ago, Republican Governor William Weld took a bold step toward equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people by forming the first-in-the-nation Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. The Commission was tasked with understanding the impact of anti-gay discrimination and harassment in schools and society, improving school climate, and supporting parents of gay and lesbian youth.

This month, the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth will hold hearings — the first in two decades — on the status of GLBT youth in the Commonwealth and challenges and opportunities facing them. The hearings will take place June 20, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the State House, and June 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Holyoke Community College.

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