November 15th 11-2pm
SMYAL's premiere event, the annual Fall Brunch, includes a cocktail reception featuring the Nellie's Bloody Mary and Screwdriver Bar and Duplex Diner Mimosas, a fabulous silent action, a three course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of our community's most inspiring leaders. All contributions form the Fall Brunch directly fund SMYAL's LGBTQ youth empowerment efforts and services.
Transgender and Non-Binary:
The mission of SMYAL's Transgender and Non-Binary group is to create a safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming young people. This group aims to build community and connect youth with resources in the DC Metro area. Youth will have the chance to participate in leadership and learning opportunities such as museums, shows, poetry, and movies. Youth will also be able to take ownership of the group by facilitating discussions on topics that interest them. This group will meet Tuesdays from 5-7pm.
Many of our youth come to SMYAL looking for a safe space to talk openly about the issues they face every day due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, in addition to the issues facing all adolescents growing up in the DC metro region. Our open mic night gives youth the opportunity to come together to share and process their experiences, as well as the opportunity to celebrate each other's creativity.
Fight 4 Yr Rights Activist Night:
The mission of SMYAL's Fight 4 Yr Rights Activist Night is to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth to come together and discuss historical activist movements, contemporary issues that the youth face in their daily lives, and what activism truly is. Youth will be given the opportunity to begin organizing around an issue they identify as important to them. This Activist Night will hold meetings weekly on Thursdays from 5-7pm.
Providing LGBTQ youth with a space in which they can be themselves in a supportive and safe environment is one of the cornerstones of our work, and recreational nights are when we have the most fun! From dances to spoken word readings to movie nights, we offer youth a structured, fun activity every Friday night. Rec Nights are most Fridays from 5-7pm. Occasionally there are special events such as dances that will take place at a different time.