Past Events

SMYAL Housing Program One Year Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:00pm


410 7th Street SE

We are holding our one-year anniversary event of our housing program in conjunction with a MLK Day of Service project with the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, DC.

The service project will include assembling winter care packages for homeless LGBTQ youth and will be conducted at SMYAL from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. We will then have the one year anniversary celebration of our housing program from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm including remarks from special guests.

Contact Info: 

Jason Laney


SMYAL’s Annual Fall Brunch 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017 11:00am

Washington Marriott Marquis

901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Each fall SMYAL holds a brunch to celebrate another year of dynamic work in Washington, DC, and show support for our area's LGBTQ youth. The Fall Brunch brings together LGBTQ and allied community members, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day.

Haunted House!

Friday, October 27, 2017 4:00pm


Breaking Ground Presents: Kaleidoscope of a Broken World

Sunday, September 24, 2017 6:30pm

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

1101 6th Street Southwest

Washington, DC 20024

Breaking Ground Presents: Kaleidoscope of a Broken World

Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:00pm

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

1101 6th Street Southwest

Washington, DC 20024

Broken Diamond Comedy Presents: LGBTQ: This Is Not A Joke

Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:00pm

Drafthouse Comedy, Washington, DC

Broken Diamond Comedy is bringing you local favorites to do a 15min set on a serious topic or causes. The comics talk about their own personal struggles or actions around the subject... BDC partners with local charities and have them tell what they are doing to help that cause or topic. We give half of the profits to the organization as well as let them collect donations for that event.  This time, SMYAL is the beneficiary! Don't miss this fun filled evening!



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Activist Camp

Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:00pm

National 4-H Conference Center located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Contact Info: 

Brandan Persuad

SMYAL for Summer 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00pm

Hogan Lovells Roofdeck

555 13th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004

Join nearly 200 young supporters for the fifth annual SMYAL for Summer, hosted by the SMYAL Young Donors Committee. We will be on the beautiful roof deck of Hogan Lovells while enjoying beverages and raising the money needed to support our community’s LGBTQ youth. Additionally, the outstanding 2017 winners of SMYAL's LGBT Youth Leadership Award will be presented with their scholarships. 

Backyard BBQ, Tie Dye Party & School Supply Give Away

Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:00am



Please register here on Eventbright so we can have a proper headcount. 

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Lawyers for SMYAL

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00pm

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 

1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036-5306

The second annual Lawyers for SMYAL will engage the legal community throughout the Washington, DC area to connect this vibrant network to the effort supporting LGBTQ youth. The event will also raise vital funds in support of our efforts to empower young people.

Contact Info: 

Jason Laney


DC Front Runners Pride Run

Friday, June 9, 2017 6:00pm

Congressional Cemetery - 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003

If you are interested in being a personal fundraiser for this event, please click here - 

Contact Info: 

Jason Laney


Masquerade in Paris: A Queer Prom

Friday, May 26, 2017 6:30pm

Eastern Market North Hall

225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Youth, register for prom HERE



6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Free Entry

Youth 16-24

All attendees will be entered into a drawing for great prizes

A tobacco free event



DC Front Runners Happy Hour Benefiting SMYAL

Friday, April 7, 2017 6:00pm

The Dirty Goose

913 U St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

DC Front Runners will be hosting a happy hour to benefit SMYAL in the lead up to the annual Pride Run 5k.

See the Facebook event here


Wellness Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:00pm

Wellness Wednesdays is for youth to come socialize, have fun, participate in self-care and have in depth conversations. Most of the times we have community partners that will come in and do workshops around safer sex, healthy relationships...ect

SMYAL for Spring

Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:00pm

Presented by the DC Progressive Dinner, details forthcoming. 

Leading with Pride

Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:00am

151 T St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Join us for the 5th Annual Leading with Pride Conference! 

Leading with Pride is a great opportunity to learn about starting or strengthening a GSA at your school and to meet other LGBTQ and ally youth. All area youth and educators are welcome.

Learn more and register here -

Contact Info: 

Adalphie Johnson  - 202-567-3162

Valentine's Day is a Drag

Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:30pm

Duplex Diner

Watch the wonderful queens of the Dupont Social club as they wine and dine you in a lovely evening of entertainment. All proceeds go to SMYAL. 

For more information click here - . 

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2017 First Quarter Volunteer Training

Monday, January 9, 2017 6:00pm


410 7th Street SE

Washington, DC 20003 

Our next volunteer training is coming up on January 9, 2017. 

It will be at SMYAL from 6pm-8pm.  A meal will be provided.  To RSVP, please email

Contact Info:

T: 202-546-5940

Ribbon Cutting for SMYAL's Transitional Housing Program

Saturday, January 7, 2017 10:00am

(Washington, DC-Dec. 28, 2016)  On January 7th, DC’s LGBTQ youth advocacy organization, SMYAL will cut the ribbon on an 8 bedroom transitional house for homeless LGBTQ youth between the ages of 18 and 24.  The new facility will be dedicated with a ceremony including Mayor Bowser, City and SMYAL officials from 10 am – noon. 

5th Annual SMYAL for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6:00pm

"The Event Space"

641 S St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Join SMYAL’s Young Donors Committee, the SMYAL Allies, and members of the board and staff for the 5th Annual SMYAL for the Holidays. Celebrate the season of giving by toasting SMYAL's successes this past year and renewing your commitment to support and empower LGBTQ youth in 2017.

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SMYAL’s 2016 Annual Fall Brunch

Sunday, November 13, 2016 (All day)

Mandarin Oriental


Contact Info: 

Jason Laney

Last day to apply to LGBT Youth Leadership Award

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day)

2016 applications are closed. Please check back for next year!


SMYAL with Martha Ertman

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 6:30pm

5730 27th St. NW Washington, DC 20015


Law professor Martha Ertman, author of Love's Promise: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kind of Families

Contact Info: 

For information or to sponsor the event, contact Sharifa Love, SMYAL’s Development Associate, at or 202-567-3154.

Youth Pride 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:00pm

SMYAL Office
410 7th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-2707

Get Pumped! This event is super awesome!

Contact Info: 

Mia Lillis

Lawyers for SMYAL

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (All day)

Covington Global Headquarters
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW

SMYAL is holding its first Lawyers for SMYAL event this May with special guest former US Attorney General Eric Holder. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s leading figures in the legal community, network with fellow lawyers, and support LGBTQ youth.

SMYAL Free Store

Saturday, March 26, 2016 (All day)

Our first free store flyer can be seen here.

Check out this Tagg write up on our winter Free Store -

Also, the DC Center covered our spring version -

SMYAL for Spring with the Progressive Dinner

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (All day)

The Hawthorne
1336 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Join the DC Progressive Dinner for their signature fundraiser of the year benefitting SMYAL. The event features an exciting auction and raffle on one of DC’s newest roof deck locations.

Leading with Pride GSA Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2016 (All day)
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