Here are some of the events BAGLY offers annually! Please check out our calendar for more events and programing.
This celebration is the oldest youth-led, adult-supported LGBTQ Youth Pride celebration in the country! BAGLY’s Youth Pride is held annually in May and consists of a festival with community resources tabling, live performances by LGBTQ+ youth, and a dance party!
First held in 1981, the BAGLY Prom is the nation’s oldest annual GLBT youth prom and it remains the largest. Since the late 1990s, it has attracted over 1,000 youth annually. The Prom is held at Boston City Hall Plaza the third Saturday in May following Massachusetts Youth Pride. The admission for the BAGLY Prom is $10 and may be paid in cash at the door. Admissions bracelets can also be purchased at the BAGLY table during Youth Pride. Be seen at the BAGLY Clinic in the month of May up to and including the day of Youth Pride to receive FREE admission to the Prom!
Since 2008, BAGLY and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition work together to provide a much-needed opportunity and space for transgender youth to build community, get connected to essential resources, and participate in workshops to explore identity and increase knowledge on important topics such as legal rights and transgender-inclusive health. The Trans Youth Summit is a free event for people 24 years old and under who identify under the transgender/nonbinary/gender expansive umbrella. In addition to the youth segment, the Summit offers separate tracks for parents/guardians/caregivers of transgender youth in order to provide support, information, resources, and networking.
New England Awards Ball
Since 2014, BAGLY and The New England Ballroom Collective have held the annual Awards Ball!
All BAGLY youth events are free of drugs, alcohol, violence, weapons, pressure, sex and harassment. DO NOT drink or take drugs before coming to a BAGLY event. If we think that you are under the influence, if you are found to have snuck in drugs, alcohol, and/or weapons, or if you are found engaging in sex, violence or harassment you will be escorted out of the event – no debate!
BAGLY reserves the right to refuse admission to any person believed to be a threat to the overall safety or enjoyment of our event.
The safety, health and well-being of youth have always been BAGLY’s highest priority, and therefore all of our organizational and programmatic policies and protocols have been established and implemented in order to best achieve these goals. We continue to revise and expand these systems as they are informed through feedback, experience and new developments, in order to ensure that they will continue to best address the current and emerging needs of GLBTQ youth as we move forward.
In addition to BAGLY’s trained youth leaders, adult volunteers, paid staff and board members, each of our events also includes on-site law enforcement, primary health, and mental health professionals, as well as trained adult chaperones consisting of youth workers, parents, teachers and other community colleagues. Many of us are also mandated reporters and work within that framework in order to best ensure the safety of our youth participants.
Although no approach is perfect, and there will always be those who will try to get around even the most carefully implemented systems in churches, schools, service agencies, and community organizations such as BAGLY, all of us here at BAGLY are committed to ensuring that our programs and activities are as safe as possible for our youth participants
No masks! We will not allow you inside any of our events if you are wearing a mask.
Coat Check Policy
All youth are required to check all coats and small bags at BAGLY’s free coat check. Water is provided free at dances, so any bottles need to either be checked or thrown out before entering the dance. Once items are checked, youth may only retrieve their belongings when leaving for the night, and are not allowed to get items and return items to the coat check.
Important: A medication lock box is provided at the staffed medical station for any youth who must keep medication such as inhalers or epipens accessible.
Important: No suitcases/large bags! We will not accept suitcases or large bags at our coat check. Do not bring them!
Attending with a community based group or GSA?
Any adult chaperones attending with the group need to contact us at least 1 week prior to the event. Adults are ONLY allowed into dances as chaperones once they have been approved before the dance.
Interested in chaperoning?
Find out more about how to get involved as an event chaperone.