SMYAL supports & empowers LGBTQ+ youth.

We actively work to create a world where queer and trans youth thrive through affirming programs and services designed to develop critical life skills, build community, and foster a sense of belonging.

Youth Services

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From community-building programs to scholarships, we’ve got your back.

Affirming Therapy

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Connect to affirming, empowering, and accessible mental health counseling. 

You are not alone.

Housing Support

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If you’re looking for affirming housing support, you’re in the right place.

Empower LGBTQ+ Youth to Thrive

Since our founding in 1984, SMYAL has provided LGBTQ+ with safe, affirming, and empowering spaces where they can be fully themselves. And while the needs of LGBTQ+ youth have evolved over the last four decades, SMYAL’s dynamic work to best support young people has also evolved to meet the moment.

Our services are made possible by the generous contributions of our community.

Help SMYAL continue to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth.

Upcoming Event

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | MARRIOTT MARQUIS | 10:30 AM

 

SMYAL’s 40th Anniversary Fall Brunch

Tickets are now on sale to join us at SMYAL’s Fall Brunch in celebration of our 40th Anniversary!

SMYAL’s premier supporter event, the annual Fall Brunch, includes a cocktail reception featuring a fabulous silent auction, a three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of our community’s most inspiring leaders.

Every year, the Fall Brunch brings together LGBTQ+ and allied community members, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day.

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SMYAL supports and empowers LGBTQ+ youth ages 6-24.

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Camp Free2Be is 6 days away! It's time to meet your Senior Counselors!First, meet Janeé! Janeé uses they/them pronouns and is excited about seeing all the smiles and hearing all the laughter from campers! Stay tuned to meet your next counselor! ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Little SMYALs and Dr. Rebecca Persky for a conversation with parents and caregivers on pubertal development and transgender youth health. Topics in this parent/caregiver session will include an overview of puberty as well as consideration of various gender-related care approaches. Parents/caregivers will have lots of opportunities to ask questions. Dr. Persky is an endocrinologist and the Medical Director of Gender Care Services at Children’s National Hospital.Register on zoom at bit.ly/parents709 ... See MoreSee Less
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"I found SMYAL, then called the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, and began to regularly attend its drop-in sessions each Saturday. I made friends and met my high school boyfriend there. My new friends and I would often go out after SMYAL meetings to Lambda Rising, an LGBT bookstore in the heart of what was then the “gayborhood.” Afterwards, we would go to a coffee shop and talk and hang out until the evening. My Saturdays were filled with joy and wonder, but every Monday, I would return to school."-Michael Key, (he/him), Age 46, SMYAL Alumni & Donor....Do you have a story of how SMYAL has impacted your life? We want to feature you in our #MySMYALStory campaign! Share yours today at SMYAL.org/shareyourstory or click the link in our bio#40YearsofSMYAL #MySMYALStory ... See MoreSee Less
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