SMYAL: LGBTQ Youth Collection (Series XXVI)

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SMYAL: LGBTQ Youth Collection (Series XXVI)


SMYAL records include executive board documents, annual reports, correspondence, events files, meeting minutes, development and fundraising materials, newspaper clippings concerning community projects and reports, publications, and statistics related to LGBTQ youth, organizational histories and the papers of Presidents Chuck Goldfarb, Jill Strachan, and Christopher Lane.


18 linear feet of records.


This material was created and donated by SMYAL.

In 1984, local youth service professionals and community activists organized a conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth issues after an LGBTQ-identifying youth was hospitalized. Through this conference, advocates founded SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League) to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Rebranded in 2013 as SMYAL: Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, 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.

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Access Rights

Available to all people, by appointment, at the DC History Center. The collection is currently “in process” and needs approval from RHP to consult [May 2022]. Collection is available for “fair use.” Material may be protected by copyright.


In May 2017, the collection was reviewed at SMYAL headquarters and transferred to the Rainbow History Project. It was transferred to the DC History Center in October 2020.

Collection Items

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