Kick-off Spring with Us

We know you're ready to get outside, so join us and the DC Progressive Dinner for an afternoon on the roof of the Brixton. You won't want to miss DJ Kelan Bhatia, the gift basket raffle, and live silent auction. Get your tickets for the March 28 event here.

Announcing the SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards

The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards are a new scholarship created to help LGBT youth pursue higher education who have demonstrated leadership in their community or school. SMYAL is excited to partner with Team DC, who currently offer scholarships to young LGBT athletes, to launch and expand the initiative. To learn more about the scholarship click here or check out the Washington Blade's recent feature.

Nominate LGBTQ Youth Leaders for 20 Under 20

We're excited to announce our partnership with the Washington Blade for their upcoming 20 Under 20 issue. The issue will highlight the work of 20 young LGBTQ leaders in the DC metro region. Nominations are now open until March 13. Self-nominations are welcomed. Learn more here.

Sultan Featured in the Washington Blade

Recently Executive Director, Sultan Shakir, was featured in the Washington Blade for his piece, "In Time of Increasing Opportunity, What's Next?". Sultan highlights some answers to the question "What's next?" that follow a year of multiple successes for the LGBTQ community. He stresses that some of SMYAL's most critical work is not only providing safe spaces and comprehensive resources, but helping LGBTQ youth to find their own path to living a healthy and meaningful life. Read the article here.

Where Are They Now?
All this year, in honor of SMYAL's 30th birthday, we've been reconnecting with youth alumni, founding members, and staff and volunteers from years long past. We collected some of their stories in a special publication entitled "30 Years of SMYAL Stories." Check it out below!

Are You a SMYAL Alum? We Want to Hear from You!
This year, SMYAL is turning 30 years old (though we'll always remain young at heart). To celebrate our big anniversary, we are collecting stories from previous SMYAL youth who have "aged out" of our current programs. If you attended any of SMYAL's programming for LGBTQ youth between the years of 1984-2013, please let us know how you're doing and share your favorite memories by filling out this online form to the best of your ability.

Feel free to contact for any additional information or with questions. We are excited to hear from you!

On Our Shelves
Looking for something new to read? Check out books from SMYAL's library of LGBT literature, biographies, plays, and more! Youth can browse our shelves online hereand borrow books from the youth center any time.

Interested in sharing some of your book collection? We're always happy to take donations! Just contact Thank you!

Share an Amazon Smile with SMYAL
Online retail giant has launched a new program called Amazon Smile which donates a percentage of each order to customer-designated charities at no extra cost! Sign up today and help support DC-area LGBTQ youth through your holiday shopping or regular purchases.



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