Resources

We know it takes a village.

That’s why we have comprehensive services here at SMYAL that youth can access. We’re also thankful to community partners for offering services and support. From housing programs to health centers, this comprehensive list of resources will assist LGBTQ youth as well as their families and allies.

SMYAL Resources

  • SMYAL Library

    Looking for something new to read? Check out a book from SMYAL’s Library of LGBTQ literature, including fiction, biographies, plays, and more. You can borrow books from the youth center at any time.

    Interested in sharing your book collection? We’re always happy to take donations. Just contact supporterinfo@smyal.org. Thank you!

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  • SMYAL Housing Program

    According to the DHS youth census 43% of Washington’s homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. 330 homeless youth total were counted in this same census. Over the last year SMYAL has provided shelter, food, case management services, crisis intervention, and community support for 13 LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. 85% of our youth are currently employed and/or attending school. Our Youth Housing program offers monthly life skills courses and community engagement opportunities including nutrition and cooking classes, financial literacy, healthy relationships and communications, self defense classes, and resume workshops. Entry into the program is a part of the District of Columbia coordinated entry for homeless persons. Anyone interested in entering the program will need to have an intake interview. To schedule an interview, please call 202-567-3166.

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Crisis Support

Communities and Families

  • Lambda Legal

    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 provides resources for parents and teachers, including:

    Know Your Rights – This compilation of articles discusses issues like bullying, GSAs, and anti-discrimination laws affecting LGBTQ youth.

    Tool Kit: Out, Safe, & Respected – This kit is designed 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.

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  • GLSEN

    The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national group focused on creating a safe learning environment for all youth, regardless of orientation and identity. Their site has information on GSAs, creating a safe space, and events such as Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week. Click here for tools and tips specifically for educators.

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  • PFLAG

    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

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  • Advocates for Youth

    Advocates for Youth began in 1980 and provides information to youth about sexual health so they can make informed decisions on topics ranging from LGBTQ issues to contraception. Visit their site to find resources for professionals, share resources with youth, or get involved.

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  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), based in DC, is a fierce advocate for equality as well as an excellent center for research on issues facing the LGBTQ community.

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  • Brother, Help Thyself

    Brother, Help Thyself Inc. is a community-based organization that provides financial to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area—including SMYAL!

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  • 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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  • StopBullying.gov

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork

    Sasha Bruce Youthwork aims to empower youth and assist their families in the Washington, DC area. The group provides safe housing, healthy activities, advocacy training, and opportunities to help local youth succeed.

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  • 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.

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Youth

  • SMYAL Library

    Looking for something new to read? Check out a book from SMYAL’s Library of LGBTQ literature, including fiction, biographies, plays, and more. You can borrow books from the youth center at any time.

    Interested in sharing your book collection? We’re always happy to take donations. Just contact supporterinfo@smyal.org. Thank you!

    Read more
  • GSA Network

    The national GSA Network connects school-based Gender and Sexuality 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!

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  • SMYAL Housing Program

    According to the DHS youth census 43% of Washington’s homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. 330 homeless youth total were counted in this same census. Over the last year SMYAL has provided shelter, food, case management services, crisis intervention, and community support for 13 LGBTQ youth ages 18-24. 85% of our youth are currently employed and/or attending school. Our Youth Housing program offers monthly life skills courses and community engagement opportunities including nutrition and cooking classes, financial literacy, healthy relationships and communications, self defense classes, and resume workshops. Entry into the program is a part of the District of Columbia coordinated entry for homeless persons. Anyone interested in entering the program will need to have an intake interview. To schedule an interview, please call 202-567-3166.

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  • Scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students

    This guide provides A comprehensive list of scholarships for LGBTQ students planning for their graduate education. The guide is broken down by subject, and includes pertinent information for applying for scholarships, and even tips for applying and securing financial aid.

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  • Guide to the Most Progressive LGBTQ Graduate Degrees

    Laws and policies supporting LGBTQ individuals have expanded in the last decade, yet LGBTQ graduate students may still have concerns when selecting a school, taking a job, or moving to a new city. Go Grad’s guide helps alleviate those concerns by providing research-driven information on the best LGBTQ degree programs, top employers for diversity, and most inclusive cities.

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  • Scholarships for African American Students

    84% of African American students used Pell Grants to finance their education and graduated with debt, compared to just 60% of white students. To help bridge this funding gap, the college planning experts at BestColleges.com developed a holistic financial aid guide specifically for black students. They context for how students can best take advantage of available resources while offering a comprehensive listing of scholarships.

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Health

  • The Youth Pride Clinic of Children’s National Health System

    The Youth Pride Clinic is a specialized clinic within the Adolescent Health Center serving adolescent LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) patients. The clinic was made possible through an $80,000 LGBTQ Health and Wellness Initiative grant from the Washington AIDS Partnership.

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  • Whitman Walker Youth Services

    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. Whitman Walker provides information you need to you understand your health needs. From free HIV/STI/pregnancy testing to lessons on safer sex, their youth team will answer all your questions.

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  • DC Rape Crisis Center

    The DC Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to ending sexual violence through outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. Their strong support systems include a 24-hour hotline to link survivors with trained counselors and help them navigate the medical and legal systems.

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