D.C. RESOURCE LIST FOR LGBTQ YOUTH
FOR YOUTH SERVICES
WANDA ALSTON HOUSE
Wanda Alston House is solely dedicated to offering pre-independent living and support services to homeless or at-risk gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 16-24 in all 8 wards of the District of Columbia.
Casa Ruby is the first Multicultural community, social and resources center run by LGBT queer, gender nonconforming, trans people in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Casa Ruby is the only Bilingual Multicultural LGBT Organization providing life-saving services and programs for the most vulnerable.
SASHA BRUCE YOUTHWORK
Sasha Bruce helps young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good physical and mental health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers.
THE DC OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS (OHR)
A District government agency that mediates and investigates complaints of discrimination and works to prevent discrimination from occurring. OHR also houses the Citywide Bullying Prevention Program that actively works with school administrators and families to help address and provide support services to all those involved. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that causes significant harm to the target and involves a real or perceived power imbalance.
FOR HEALTH RELATED SERVICES
WHITMAN WALKER YOUTH SERVICES
Provides health-related services to youth ages 13 to 24.
HIPS promotes the health, rights and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUES
LGBT LIAISON UNIT
The LGBT Liaision Unit is building trust between the Metropolitan Police Department and the LGBTQ community. For info please contact: Jessica Hawkins, Sergeant MPD 202-669-1139.
FOR YOUTH MENTORING
SMYAL (SUPPORTING AND MENTORING YOUTH ADVOCATES AND LEADERS)
SMYAL started in 1984, when local youth service professionals and community activists organized a conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth issues.
MAYOR'S OFFICE OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUESTIONING AFFAIRS
The Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs (LGBTQ) is a permanent, cabinet-level office within the Office of Community Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor, established by statute in 2006 to address the important concerns of the District's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. The District of Columbia has one of the highest concentrations of LGBTQ residents in the country with an estimated 7 to 10% of the population being LGBTQ.