We Help Organizations improve LGBTQ+ Competency



Whether you’re a small non-profit, a large business, or a government agency, we can help you evaluate and improve the services and climate you provide to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) people. We accomplish this through policy work, trainings on LGBTQ+ cultural competency, and other proven interventions. MaeBright is proud to be trans-owned.

We are based in Boston, and do work across Massachusetts and the North England. We are also available in the Denver area. Located somewhere else, but still want to work with us? Let us know!



Ev Evnen    
Director of Finance and Research 

Ev Evnen joins MaeBright from a policy and research background, and heads data and evaluation activities. Ev holds an MPP and MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis. Throughout graduate school, they were involved in a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including work on the Heller Diversity Steering Committee. Ev has also worked with GLSEN as a Research Fellow, conducting research on outcomes from LGBTQ+ high school athletes. They hold a BA from Wesleyan University. Ev lives in Denver with their scruffy dog, Max.


Raimi Marx   
Director of Training and Curriculum

Raimi Marx is a facilitator, advocate, and consultant who, since 2005, has worked with communities to create more nurturing and equitable spaces for LGBTQ+ people and all those who experience oppression. They come to MaeBright with an MA in Education, for which they published a guide on building trans-inclusive educational spaces. Raimi has previously worked in sexual and reproductive health, survivor support, and legal advocacy. Currently, Raimi is pursuing an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, with the intention of providing client-centered therapy specifically for queer, trans, and disabled folks. 


Damián Lima
Director of Business Development

Damián Lima is an advocate for the health and rights of transgender, queer, and immigrant people. He graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies. His has worked as an HIV and STI tester and counselor, Co-Chair of the Bayard Rustin Breakfast Committee, and Co-Organizer of the second Gender Reel Film Festival in Boston, as well as numerous community-building events. In 2015 he was awarded the Network/La Red's Community Luminary Award, and in 2016 was recognized by Fenway Health for his contributions to the improvement of Transgender healthcare. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at Simmons University with a concentration on Health Inequities.


Missy Mae Sturtevant, LCsw   
founder and collaborator

MaeBright was founded by Missy Mae Sturtevant, LCSW. Missy holds over a decade of training and facilitation experience. She studied social work at Wheelock College and has a BA in Psychology with minors in Health and Wellness as well as Theatre from Cedar Crest College. Missy has direct and macro level social work experience that includes policy research, youth leadership development, group home care, and inclusive comprehensive sexuality education.


Laura Banks

Laura worked for many years advocating for LGBTQ+ youth in the south, before making a run for the greener political pastures of Western Massachusetts. She is currently working as an LGBTQ+ inclusive adolescent sexual health educator. With a background in neuroscience, she loves to blend research, humor, and compassion to build a safer learning space. She has an M.A. in Developmental Science from Birkbeck University in London, England.

Genevieve Diaz Y Rodriguez

I am a queer latina who is committed to working with communities thru collective education and arts liberation. I have over 16 years of experience in community facilitation and have worked within and outside of non-profits, health, and education systems. I can facilitate trainings in both English and Spanish. Currently, I am a member of Unbound Bodies, a queer and trans black, brown, and indigenous arts and healing collective.


Joanna Gattuso

Joanna is a queer artist-facilitator with a decade of experience in the field of public health, youth development and reproductive health. Joanna works as an independent consultant to support organizations through the deep work of shifting culture and staying on-purpose. Be that through training, retreats, systems-change, or leadership coaching, Joanna partners with individuals and groups to move toward a model of organizational leadership that is built in right relationship with one another, to the work, and to ourselves. You can read more about her work at joannagattuso.com.


AndreAs Neumann-Mascis

Dr. AndreAs Neumann-Mascis is a clinical psychologist with areas of specialty that include gender variance, trauma, and physical and psychiatric disabilities. Dr. Neumann-Mascis has worked as a provider, educator, advocate and activist across communities in a wide range of settings. Dr. Neumann-Mascis founded and developed The Meeting Point, a collaboration of independent healthcare providers in Jamaica Plain, MA. The Meeting Point serves intersecting communities including the LGBTQ community, survivors of trauma, and disability communities.


Melissa MacNish, MA, LMHC

Melissa MacNish is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice at The Meeting Point in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She has been working with transgender & non-binary youth, young adults and their families for the past 12 years in a variety of clinical and community settings. Melissa recently launched a socially conscious business called SAYFTEE: Supporting Alternative Youth and Families through Empowerment and Education. SAYFTEE is committed to offering workshops, groups and service to meet the needs of gender expansive and LGBTQI youth and families in Massachusetts. Melissa is a consultant for Greater Boston PFLAG. She serves on the Board of Directors and as Assistant Director for Camp Aranu’tiq of Harbor Camps. Melissa also provides trainings and consultations on working with gender diverse populations for therapists and schools.



Kimm Topping


Kimm Topping is an activist, educator, public speaker, feminist historian, and writer. Kimm has delivered workshops and assemblies across Massachusetts and New England since 2016.
After completing a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at Lesley University, Kimm began their career as a youth worker. At Tutoring Plus, Kimm trained volunteer tutors and led a girls’ media literacy program. In 2016, Kimm began facilitating trainings on equity and inclusion. As a consultant, Kimm has worked for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ+ Students, The Network/La Red, and the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute. Kimm co-founded kyriQ with their partner, Minh Nguyen, and they provide LGBTQ+ inclusion trainings together.
Kimm serves as the Co-Chair for the Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission and is a volunteer for TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet where they coach high school students each fall. Kimm is currently pursuing their M.Ed. at Harvard Graduate School of Education.




LGBTQ Resources in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is rich with resources for LGBTQ+ people and their families. Please check out and share our online database of the resources we are aware of - updated on a regular basis. This list includes service-providing agencies, online resources, books, and movies/tv shows with LGBTQ+ characters and themes (focused on youth-appropriate content). If you have a question, edit, or resource to add, please contact Ev at ev@maebright.com.

Massachusetts LGBTQ+ Resource Guide 
Boston metro (and some beyond) therapist list (note-this list is not maintained by MaeBright) 


We are happy to share handouts we've made and/or use in our trainings. Feel free to share these to anyone who might find them useful.

A Guide to Quickly Assessing Referrals for LGBTQ Competency
A Guide to Sharing Pronouns
Movies and TV Shows with LGBTQ Characters and Themes (with age appropriateness and content warnings)


Maebright theory of change

Change is a process. Many of our client relationships last years as we continually work towards cultural competency. While training is a crucial part of our process, we encourage our clients to think about ways to imbue LGBTQ+ competency and social justice in every part of their organizational DNA and process. We'll work with you to break down the process, map out a plan, and to support you at every step.

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Trainings capped at 30 people. These are prices are for single trainings - we offer other rates for a larger scope of work. All single trainings come with one hour of technical assistance.

intro to LGBTQ+ competency (4 hours)

  • Icebreaker Activity on
    LGBTQ+ experiences

  • Card Game Activity – Knowledge Assessment and Statistics Update

  • Concepts in Intersectionality

  • Sexual Orientation vs Assigned Sex at Birth vs Gender Identity vs Gender Expression

  • Transgender and Non-Binary Identities and Transition

  • Best Practices

  • Anonymous Questions

expanded intro to LGBTQ+ competency (5 hours)

  • Everything from the 4 hour training, plus one of the following:

  • Speaker Panel

  • Understanding Systemic Oppression

  • Advanced and Interactive Best Practices

full intro to LGBTQ+ competency (6 hours)

  • Everything from the 4 hour training, plus two of the

  • following:

  • Speaker Panel

  • Understanding and Breaking Down Systemic Oppression

  • Advanced and Interactive Best Practices

advanced LGBTQ+ Topics
contact us for pricing

Discussions with expert trainers focusing on topics like:

  • Trans and Racial Microaggressions

  • Understanding Transgender and Non-binary Identities

  • Shifting Families Towards Acceptance

  • Trauma and the Trans Community

  • How to Make Change Within State Agencies

  • Many others!


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We work with government agencies to evaluate and update services for LGBTQ+ clients. Many agencies are doing amazing work to help their clients and we want to support agencies and providers in feeling confident in the services they provide to all clients. 

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We support businesses that have LGBTQ+ employees or clients to evaluate and improve your workplace and services for those clients. We specialize in supporting businesses that have an employee or new hire that is coming out as transgender or gender non-conforming. Many businesses are proactively looking to make sure they have a welcoming work environment for people of all genders, even if there are no staff who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming yet.

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Non-profits often feel an additional pressure to be culturally competent. We are excited to support our non-profits clients create policies and practices that imbue social justice in the DNA of the organization. We also offer non-judgemental trainings to help all employees gain skills around providing LGBTQ+ culturally competent services to clients.


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We connect Massachusetts public schools to training and technical assistance services that may be free or low cost. We also support schools to evaluate their diversity, anti-bullying and harassment policies. We also work with schools that are private, outside of Massachusetts, as well as colleges and universities. K-12 publicly funded schools in Massachusetts are able to receive free training and technical assistance from the Safe Schools program.



Together, We Can Make Workplaces More LGBTQ-Inclusive

By Emily McNeiece

Ev Evnen talks about how to make work spaces more LGBTQ+ inclusive

Damián sits on a panel at Fenway Health about providing care for LGBTQ immigrants 

Ev Evnen quoted in the New York Times about non-binary gender marker options

Survivor Centered Spaces for LGBTQ++ People of Color


Damián Lima presents about  Building Survivor Centered Spaces for LGBTQ++ People of Color

Progressive Pioneers, Boston Spirit Magazine

January/February 2017 by Scott Kearnan

Ev Evnen, Director/Senior Data Nerd and Partner, is featured as an under-30 activist in New England who uses data and spreadsheets to improve services for LGBTQ people.

Our 150 Boston Women of Influence

YW Boston Blog, December 27,2016

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, is featured as a woman of influence in Boston, along with many other amazing women in the past and present. See #92!

The New Sex Ed

Teaching Tolerance Issue 53 Summer 2016 by Alice Pettway

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, speaks on what LGBTQ inclusive sexuality education looks like.

Why Inclusion is Not Enough

(video) Ev Evnen

Ev Evnen, Director/Senior Data Nerd and Partner, speaks at the Building Inclusive Communities From Neighborhoods to Nations Global Conference 2015 at the School of Global Inclusion and Social Development at UMass Boston.

Unjust: How the Broken Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems Fail LGBTQ Youth

Center for American Progress, Movement Advancement Project, August 2016

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, and MaeBright's work with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services are mentioned in a Spotlight as an example of training making a shift in climate to support LGBTQ youth.

Mass leads on protecting LGBTQ Youth

Boston Globe on October 18, 2015 by Darlena Cunha

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, and Ev Evnen, Director/Senior Data Nerd and Partner, are quoted about MaeBright's work with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services' work on behalf of LGBTQ youth.

Missy Sturtevant, Founder, shares best practices in business.



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