Since 1980, The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) has served as a resource and community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning youth and their peer allies. Today, the organization provides support services, educates about queer history, and serves as a center for activism.
BAGLY pioneered the LGBTQ youth prom, an annual event that began in 1981, and currently hosts 1,000 young guests each year at Boston City Hall. The prom is the culminating event of the weeklong Boston Youth Pride festivities in May. Revelers will get to enjoy DJs and performances, a crowning of the prom’s king and queen, and a youth-led health fair that will provide confidential HIV and STI screenings and safe sex packets. Each safe sex packet contains three condoms (including one internal condom), lubrication, and cards that provide information about health topics such as intimate partner violence and smoking cessation.
Join G-Team to help BAGLY provide young people attending the prom with resources to help them make informed health decisions. Each $12 donation from a G-Team member will provide one youth attending BAGLY’s prom with a free, anonymous health screening, including a rapid HIV/AIDS test, and a safe-sex packet. All donors who register online will be entered into a raffle to win one of several prizes, including two movie passes to any theater or an iPod Nano.
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The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth
Founded in 1980 as an advocacy and support organization, The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) has always been on the forefront of issues facing young queer people. Such is its commitment to young LGBTQ voices that its leadership is made up of young people, with adults serving as advisors.
BAGLY's work is twofold. First, it educates and supports its young members, all of whom are 22 years old or younger. At its newly renovated center, young people can receive health education and care, get school and GED help, search for jobs, and join support groups that provide a safe space to discuss myriad issues facing LGBTQ youth. But BAGLY isn't just focused on serious subjects—it's also home to the nation's first prom for young LGBTQ people. The 2009 dance became the organization's most attended event, with more than 1,700 people celebrating at Boston City Hall.
Additionally, BAGLY advocates for queer rights, which have included pressuring the City of Boston to issue a permit for the Pride Day Parade and getting the term sexual orientation added to the Massachusetts Students’ Rights Law. BAGLY also educates people outside its doors, including starting the first LGBTQ youth speakers series in public schools and being among the first to discuss issues facing transgender youth with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.