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Women For SMYAL Discussion Series

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

Women for SMYAL - Event Postponed. Please do not...

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Premium Suggested Donation
Your donation at this level provides helps fund the Women's Leadership Institute--SMYAL's program for young LBTQ women--and will support the costs associated with the program's offsite retreat this summer.
Ended $25.00 $2.24
Basic Suggested Donation
Your support at this level will provide funding to ensure SMYAL's youth center remains an active, vibrant, and safe space for all LGBTQ youth.
Ended $15.00 $1.74
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We understand that your workweek might not allow for you to slip away for an intimate lunch and discussion about the issues facing women in the LGBT community. We hope you can join us next time!

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Women for SMYAL is excited to launch a discussion series to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing women with in the LGBT community. Women have long since been the storytellers of our families—through writing, quilting, music, and art we have shared our triumphs and tribulations. This new series is meant to forge a conversation within our community about the needs, desires and experiences of LGBT women and allies.


Please join us for this inaugural lunchtime session of the Women for SMYAL Discussion Series on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm. This first of four events is entitled: Living OUT Loud—the Joy and pain of Coming Out. Lunch will be provided and a suggested donation of $15 or $25 is greatly appreciated to continue SMYAL's work with LGBTQ youth.

Just recently we’ve had two very prominent athletes come out. Both Brittney Griner and Jason Collins made headlines for making the decision to live out loud and in their truth. Their actions, while deeply personal, will have a huge impact on the lives of young people across the country and around the world. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender coming out stories matter and help to remove the stigma and cloak of invisibility that silence perpetuates. Every day, LGBT youth struggle and agonize with the decision to come out and while most are not met with the fanfare of athletes or celebrities, their actions are nonetheless life changing and impactful to all those they encounter. Come be part of the conversation!


Who: Women and Allies


What: Roundtable format moderated by Aisha Moodie-Mills with ample opportunity to join in the conversation


Where: Marriot Renaissance Dupont


When: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Lunch will be provided and a suggested donation of $15 or $25 is greatly appreciated to continue SMYAL's work with LGBTQ youth.

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Women For SMYAL Discussion Series

Women for SMYAL is a group of committed women and other inviduals dedicated to advancing the work of SMYAL by fostering opportunities to create change in our community and by nurturing a welcoming environment for all LGBTQ youth.

SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) is the premier Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth.

SMYAL's mission is to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.

For almost 30 years, SMYAL has been a beacon of hope for LGBTQ youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Reaching out to provide needed services to more than 11,000 youth and critical training to more than 6,000 youth workers, our impact in the community has been enormous.

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