SMYAL has announced that Division I athlete Schuyler (pronounced Sky-lar) Bailar, the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 swimmer in history and a native of the Washington, D.C. area, will be the keynote and recipient of the Community Advocate Award at the organization’s Fall Brunch, its premiere annual fundraising event. Bailar is also the first publicly documented NCAA D1 transgender man to compete as a man in any sport.
While still studying and swimming at Georgetown Day School, Bailar was recruited to compete on Harvard’s women’s swim team. He transitioned during a gap year and was subsequently offered a spot on the men’s swim team. Through his openness and dialogues on “Ellen,” “60 Minutes,” People, and more, Bailar has been an inspiration to many and an exemplary advocate for the LGBTQ community.
A mainstay on the social calendar of Washington, D.C.’s LGBTQ community and its allies, SMYAL’s Fall Brunch is the organization’s single biggest event each year and primary generator of its operating revenue. In addition to Bailar, attendees will hear directly from youth who benefit from the services SMYAL provides, and enjoy a cocktail reception and networking, silent auction, and three course brunch.
The Annual SMYAL Brunch takes place on November 13 at Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. For more information about SMYAL and their Fall Brunch, visit www.smyal.org.