Washington Area Women's Foundation

AskHer Series | Love in Action: Building Supportive Systems for LGBTQ+ Youth

Supporting LGBTQ+ youth is more important now than ever, given the numerous challenges they often confront, impacting their mental health, safety, and overall well-being.

This month, Kristi Matthews-Jones, Director of the DC Girls’ Coalition, and Erin Whelan, Executive Director of SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), joined us to discuss the transformative advocacy work each of their organizations are leading to improve the livelihood of LGBTQ+ youth living in the Washington metropolitan region.

During this conversation, we explored critical issues that disproportionately affect these youth, including mental health struggles, safety concerns, housing challenges, and discrimination. We also highlighted practical strategies parents, families, and communities can use to foster supportive and inclusive environments.

Tamara Wilds Lawson, President and CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation, moderated this session.

*ASL Interpretation was provided*

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