BAGLY ‘s Boston-based programming has included social support & community building, led by and for LGBTQ+ youth since our inception in 1980. We provide leadership opportunities, health information, and resources for several thousand LGBTQ+ young people each year. BAGLY’s weekly meetings and drop-in programs are held at our Community Center at 28 Court Square in Boston.
Check out our calendar here for all of our events!
Social Support Meetings
BAGLY’s identity meetings are social support spaces for LGBTQ+ youth of shared identities to build community and discuss topics related to identity and experiences.
LGBTQ+ Youth ages 25 and under:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays: Boys Lounge
(for masculine-aligned people)
3rd Thursdays: Girls Room
(for trans women and trans feminine people)
LGBTQ+ Youth ages 22 and under:
Mondays 5 - 6PM: Women’s Meeting
Thursday 5 - 6PM: People of Color Meeting
Friday 5 - 6PM: Transgender / Nonbinary Meeting
Our weekly Wednesday night programming is open to LGBTQ+ youth ages 22 and under!
A typical Wednesday night looks like this:
5 - 6PM: Youth Leadership Committee Meeting
6 - 7PM: Welcoming Meeting
This is a great meeting if you’re new to BAGLY! We give you an orientation and play “getting to know you” games.
7 - 9PM: Our last 2 hours of programming rotates each week
1st Wednesday = Arts Corner
2nd Wednesday = OutSpoken: BAGLY’s LGBTQ+ 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 new Arts Corner is a space for LGBTQ+ youth 22 and under to explore self-expression and storytelling through an art form of your choice - such as poetry, painting, drawing, doodles, or zine-making. Each month, we'll work off a new prompt, share our creations, and get to know each other through art making. Bring yourself and your creativity!
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.
Join us for Family Dinner every third Wednesday of the month! We offer a free-of-cost dinner and build community through discussion and playing games.
HEARRT (Health Education & Risk Reduction Team) Workshop
Every fourth Wednesday of the month, our HEARRT peer leaders lead workshops on a variety of health education topics such as HIV prevention, transgender healthcare, and healthy relationships.
Join us for Underground Fridays every first Friday evening of the month from 7 - 9pm! 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