Virtual Programs

Beginning Monday, March 16th, SMYAL main offices will begin working remotely while continuing to offer vital programs for LGBTQ youth virtually.

Daily chat rooms will be hosted on Discord and drop-in programs will meet on Zoom. Select the program you are interested in below to learn more about how to join and upcoming discssion.

For more information, please contact

Daily Chat Rooms

SMYAL’s daily chat rooms are designed to provide LGBTQ youth with topic-based support groups. Here, you can connect with your peers, build community, and find the support you need.

When: Monday-Friday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm and Tuesday-Friday, 1:30-2:30 pm
Ages: 13-24
Where: Discord

Join on the Computer: Visit

Download the App: Download “Discord” from the App Store

Steps to joining:

  1. Click
  2. You will see a page that says “Samia_any/all invited you to join SMYAL Virtual Chat Space.” You can either create an account or continue with a one-time username,
  3. Create a Username: YourName_pronouns
  4. Create an Account: Enter an email and create an account so you can rejoin a group later. You do not have to create an account to be in the chat.
  5. Already Have an Account? Select this option and log in to your account
  6. When you enter the chat, you will be greeted by a welcome message directing you to fill out a Google Form with your Discord username, as well as their name, pronouns, and location. Once you’ve done this, a moderator will add them to the private virtual chat space.

If you are joining on a smartphone, you will be directed to a page that says “Samia_any/all invited you to join SMYAL Virtual Chat Space.”

    1. Click on “Accept Invite” and download the app.
    2. Create an account and follow the steps above.

Drop-In Programs

SMYAL’s drop-in programs are open discussions and activities where you can connect with other LGBTQ youth through movie nights, games, and other fun activities!

When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 pm
Ages: 13-24
Where: Zoom

Join by Computer: Click
Join by Phone: Call +19292056099 and enter 5620223708#, when prompted.

  • Click here on a mobile phone: +19292056099,,5620223708#

Contact: Email or call 571-316-1126

Q Chat Space

When: Friday 4:00-5:30 pm

Ages: 13-19


Little SMYALs

When: Saturday, March 28th, 10-11 am

Ages: 6-12

This month’s group will take place using a secure Zoom chat room. The space will still be moderated by Rebecca York and Addison Moore, and will only be accessible through a specific link.

Because we are moving to a virtual platform, we are requiring parents/ trusted adults to pre-register their children, and ask that you join us for the first 5 minutes of the program (minimum).

Click HERE to register your child for our March meeting, and receive a copy of the Zoom link. There is no cap to registration, and you can register a young person up until 10AM on the 28th.

We are also exploring other platforms for Little SMYAL’s to play with one another in a safe, facilitated space, throughout the next couple weeks as well. Would your children be interested in an extra hour or two a month centered around a co-operative online game? Let us know!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We have compiled a masterlist of resources for parents and caregivers. Check our Resources page for updates.

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