With the fragility of freedom and democracy uppermost in our minds, we are grateful that JusticeAid’s 2022 grantee partner, SMYAL, is advocating for LGBTQ rights here at home.
As Ukrainians fight for their rights to self-determination, new laws are moving through the Florida and Texas legislatures that criminalize gender-affirming health care and forbid discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in schools. Politicians are using the lives of LGBTQ young people to fuel the flames of hatred and discrimination for their political gain. This reaffirms the importance of organizations like SMYAL.
Through its in-person and virtual programs that reach LGBTQ youth wherever they are, SMYAL is creating affirming and safe spaces. In 2021, over 1,600 queer and trans youth accessed SMYAL’s virtual programs. This year, SMYAL is expanding its ability to provide supportive housing and individually tailored mental health counseling. Your support will help SMYAL meet the most pressing needs of LGBTQ youth.