Leading with Pride GSA Conference

SMYAL is excited to be partnering with DCPS for the 4th Annual Leading with Pride GSA conference! The youth leadership conference will be held March 5, 2016 at School Without Walls @ Francis Stevens. The day will be filled with workshops, a chance to meet other DMV youth, a resource fair, and free HIV testing. Then in the evening, participants will have a chance to perform at a talent show. The conference will take place from 11:00am to 6:30pm with the talent show ending at 8:30pm.

For more information and to register go to:

SMYAL Expands Services to LGBTQ Middle School Students

Since launching the GSA Network three years ago, SMYAL has served as the primary organization in the Washington, DC metro area supporting high school Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). This year, SMYAL recently expanded its GSA work into middle schools. Studies show that many LGBTQ youth, and transgender youth in particular, are aware of their LGBTQ identities from a young age - some even as early as 3 years old.

Middle school GSAs provide these LGBTQ youth with a much-needed safe space to process their identities and their experiences. Several middle school in the area, such as McKinley Middle School, Jefferson Middle School, and Washington Latin PCS, have already identified the need for a GSA and have taken necessary steps to establishing these clubs. SMYAL has provided site visits - in which a trained SMYAL facilitator visits a school to lead youth in educational and empowering activities - to several middle schools in our Metro area.

To request a site visit from SMYAL, please fill out a request form here or contact Mia Lillis at

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!

SMYAL recently turned 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!

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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