Founded in 1996, the Youth Pride Alliance continues to produce Washington’s Youth Pride Day annually, in addition to providing other services.
”We also support and host other social and educational events for LGBT youth in the metropolitan D.C. area,” says Tyrone Hanley, HIV-prevention coordinator at the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), who volunteers time at the Youth Pride Alliance as the group’s president.
”It’s important because many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth don’t have safe places to socialize, or LGBTQ youth organizations don’t have the funding to put on social events. So what we try to do is support those events or agencies to have social events, so that LGBTQ youth can have those spaces in addition to educational opportunities,” he says. Past events organized by the Youth Pride Alliance have included a college fair for LGBTQ youth.
As a Capital Pride Community Partner, Hanley says he is hoping the Youth Pride Alliance will heighten youth visibility at all Capital Pride events.
”While Youth Pride Day was started because of a lack of incorporation of youth events, we also want to see that youth events still become a part of Capital Pride. By putting our name in it, we’re hoping Capital Pride moves in that direction.”
The annual Youth Pride Day celebration is held in late April or early May.
For more information about the Youth Pride Alliance, call 202-387-4141, or visit www.youthpridedc.org.