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Social Support & Community Building

Social Support & Community Building

 
 

BAGLY Wednesdays

BAGLY ‘s Boston-based programming has included Social Support and Community Building led by and for LGBTQ+ youth since our inception in 1980, provides leadership opportunities, health information, and access for several thousand LGBTQ+ young people each year. BAGLY’s weekly meetings and drop-in programs are held between 5pm and 9pm at BAGLY’s LGBTQ+ Youth Community Center, 28 Court Square, directly across from “the fountain”, a popular public space where LGBTQ+ youth hang out.

A typical Wednesday night looks like this:

5:00-6:00: Youth Leadership Committee Meeting

6:00-7:00: Welcoming Meeting

This is a great meeting if you’re new to BAGLY.  We give you an orientation to BAGLY and play “getting to know you” games.

7:00-9:00: Our last 2 hours of programming rotates each week

1st Wednesday = LGBTQ+ Youth Welcoming Mixer
2nd Wednesday = OutSpoken: BAGLY’s Queer Youth Open Mic Night
3rd Wednesday = Family Dinner
4th Wednesday = HEARRT: Health Education and Risk Reduction Team Workshop

*If there is a 5th Wednesday of the month, we do other programming like workshops or game nights!

 

BAGLY’s OutSpoken Open Mic

Have something to say? BAGLY’s monthly open mic night runs every 2nd Wednesday of the month and features our amazingly talented membership onstage performing spoken word poetry, short stories, songs, stand up comedy routines, monologues, and other performance pieces. All can share – just sign up at the beginning of the night… and remember the BAGLY frees and values when it comes to the content of your piece – plus two more:

  • No hate, no shade

  • No tops/no bottoms = no performance (aka: keep your clothes on)

OutSpoken is open to all LGBTQ+ youth ages 22 and under!

 

Underground Fridays

Underground Fridays offers safe, supportive, non-exploitative and culturally competent space where members of Boston’s House and Ball Community extend social networks, build community and show off their ovah performance and runway skills. These events also go a long way towards reducing stigma and isolation and increasing access to support, resources, risk reduction materials and information.

BAGLY’s House & Ball Community Manifesto

  • We abide by BAGLY’s “frees” and accept the consequences if we break them. BAGLY is free of sex, drugs, alcohol, weapons, violence, pressure and harassment.

  • We recognize BAGLY’s mini-functions and balls as neutral space and leave violence at the door.

  • We settle our issues and work out our disputes on the runway – not with violence.

  • As a community, we stand up to conflict when it erupts and do what we can to mediate and de-escalate before it turns into violence.

  • We take the ballroom community for what it is and don’t try to make it something it’s not.

  • We see “shade” as part of the process, don’t take it personally and try to learn from it.

  • We recognize that ballroom community space is scarce and are committed to respecting what space we do have in order to keep the Boston scene moving forward.

Manifesto ratified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

 

BAGLY Prom

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!

As with all BAGLY youth events, BAGLY dances 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, no refund!

BAGLY reserves the right to refuse admission to any person believed to be a threat to the overall safety or enjoyment of our event.

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Safety Policies

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.

Questions?

If you have questions about any BAGLY event contact us or check out our FAQ page.

 

Trans Youth Summit

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.  

As with all BAGLY youth events, the Transgender Youth Summit is 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.