Connor Hegel

LGBTQ Services Navigator

Pronouns: he/him

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Connor is SMYAL’s LGBTQ Services Navigator, working to connect youth to services and resources at SMYAL and in the community.

Connor has almost a decade of experience working with people experiencing homelessness, most spent working directly with LGBTQ youth.  After graduating with a degree in forensic psychology, he spent eight years working for the Ali Forney Center, an organization serving homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City.  While there, he worked as a Youth Counselor in multiple housing programs, including the agency’s first housing site for transgender women, and also served as a Program Assistant in their Harlem drop in center.  Most recently, he worked at DC’s Downtown Day Services Center as a Case Manager, helping consumers locate housing, obtain benefits and identification documents, and more.

When not at SMYAL, Connor can be found camping, crafting, spending time outside, and catering to his dog, Sawyer’s, every whim.