Welcome to our resource page, where we collect information about other local resources and national organizations that may be of interest to LGBTQ youth and their allies.
Looking for something new to read? Check out a book from SMYAL's library of LGBT literature, including fiction, biographies, plays, and more! You can browse our shelves online here and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Addressing the Urgent Needs of DC Area LGBTQ Youth
SMYAL's 2011 community report demonstrates that LGBTQ youth remain at risk for many negative health outcomes and calls on community stakeholders to increase support and services for LGBTQ youth.
Confronting the Crisis
In this April 2006 report, SMYAL staff identify major areas of need, discuss possible solutions and strategies, and determine concrete actions to address these issues.
SMYAL Literature Review: Risk Factors for LGBTQ Youth
Recent studies show that LGBTQ youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to be at risk for many negative health factors, including substance abuse, homelessness, HIV and other STD infection, physical and verbal abuse, and suicide. Read more in our literature review.
A guide for youth who age out of SMYAL and are looking for ways to stay connected to the DC-area LGBTQ community.
For Help and Information
Mental Health and Crisis Support
If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance or is at risk of suicide, please dial either:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or
- The DC Department of Mental HealthAccess Helpline at 1-888-7WE-HELP (793-4357)
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing LGBTQ youth with crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. Youth can call (866)-488-7386 for confidential help and support 24/7 or log onto their website for access to free and secure online chat and Q&A pages.
StopBullying.gov is a federal site designed to help prevent bullying throughout the nation's schools, including a special page focused on LGBT bullying. Parents and educators should visit the site for great tips on how to identify and stop bullying, as well as the best places to find help.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization composed of the families, friends, and supporters of LGBTQ individuals. Based in Washington, DC, the group uses support, education and advocacy to build a more open and accepting society.
For their local DC chapter, with specific information about community events, resources, and support groups, visit http://www.pflagdc.org.
The national GSA Network connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances with each other, so that each individual chapter does not stand alone. Though this site focuses on California programs, it has great resources for all educators to create and develop a GSA and promote acceptance in their schools. Also, don't forget to check out DC's state GSA Network, based right here at SMYAL!
The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national group focused on creating a safe and respectful school environment for all youth, regardless of orientation and identity. Their site has information about GSAs, creating a Safe Space, and other events like the Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week. Click here for tools and tips specifically for educators.
Since 1973, Lambda Legal has been taking LGBTQ discrimination and inequality to the courtroom to advance civil rights for the community. This group is a safe place to turn to whether you need legal help or a trustworthy source of facts and information.
The site includes some great resources for parents and teachers, including:
- Know Your Rights - a fantastic compilation of articles on issues like bullying, GSAs, and anti-discrimination laws which specifically affect LGBTQ youth.
- Tool Kit: Out, Safe, & Respected - a kit to help educators and parents protect LGBTQ students in the classroom.
Tool Kit: Getting Down to Basics - a guide for adults on a range of LGBTQ youth issues.
Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth began in 1980 to help provide information to youth about sexual health so they can make informed decisions on topics ranging from LGBTQ issues to contraception and from STIs to harassment. Visit their site to find resources for professionals, share resources with youth, or get involved.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), based right here in DC, is a fierce advocate for equality as well as an excellent center for research on issues facing the LGBTQ community. Check out their powerful 2007 report Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness, which discusses the reasons why so many LGBT youth are homeless and the risks they face in shelters and on the street.
The Wanda Alston House
The Wanda Alston House is the only housing program in DC solely dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth obtain pre-independent living and support services, so all youth have a safe place to live and grow.
Metro TeenAIDS is a DC organization dedicated to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, along with providing support and care to young people affected by the virus. Along with counseling and testing, Metro TeenAIDS provides prevention education and a weekday drop-in center.
DC Trans Coalition
The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is a volunteer community organization fighting for human rights, dignity, and liberation for transgender individuals living in the District of Columbia. DCTC works to spread awareness, runs workshops and trainings about the legal rights of trans individuals, and hosts many social events in the community.
For a fantastic publication on the legal rights and protections of the DC trans community, check out their publication D.C. Trans People: Know Your Rights!
Sasha Bruce Youthwork
Sasha Bruce Youthwork seeks to assist and empower youth and their families in the Washington, DC area. The group provides safe housing, healthy activities, advocacy training, and opportunities to help local youth succeed.
Brother, Help Thyself
Brother, Help Thyself Inc. is a community-based organization that provides financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area -- including SMYAL!
DC Rape Crisis Center
The DC Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to putting an end to sexual violence through outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. Their strong support systems for healing include a 24-hour hotline to link survivors with trained counselors and help them navigate the medical and legal systems.
The DC Center
The DC Center was founded in 2002 as a home for DC's entire LGBTQ community. The Center provides a wide variety of programming, including special group support for LGBTQ youth and people within the community who are deaf, Latino, Black, Asian Pacific, and more.
PFLAG - DC Metro Area Chapter
The Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a well-established advocacy and support group for relatives and supporters of LGBTQ individuals in the community. Their site is a great resource for discovering answers about LGBTQ issues, finding support when someone close to you comes out, and getting involved with the group's mission.
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