Gala Pride & Diversity Center

Through education, support, recreation, advocacy, and partnerships,

we promote the well-being of our LGBT community.

Gala Pride & Diversity Center

Through education, support, recreation, advocacy, and partnerships,

we promote the well-being of our LGBT community.

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Our Mission Statement

The Gala Pride and Diversity Center supports and empowers people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions to strengthen and unite our Central Coast Community.

About The Gala Pride and Diversity Center

The Gala Pride and Diversity Center has been providing support, encouraging diversity and inclusion since before its incorporation in 1997. From more than 10 years we have owned our beautiful center at 

1060 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo.

LGBTQ+ Community Resources

The Gala Pride and Diversity Center advocates for the Central Coast’s LGBTQ+ community and prioritizes the individuals of the Central Coast in their everyday lives from helping someone new to the area to find connections to helping a person find support services.

Get Involved

Gala Pride and Diversity Center is always working to provide a safe space and resources – creating opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals to thrive. This is done by volunteers, Gala Pride and Diversity Center staff, and individuals just like you! Join us in our continuing efforts to lift up our LGBTQ+ community by Volunteering, and/or Donating today.

Working Hard For YOU

Resources

Gala Pride and Diversity Center is always working to provide a safe space and resources – creating opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community.

Bathroom Sign

Mike Hughes, of Tranz Central Coast, designed all-gender restroom signs as a temporary measure while you order a more permanent solution. View/Print HERE.

Donate

The Gala Pride and Diversity Center is  funded by the generous contributions of individuals like you. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you!

Board of Directors

Meet the individuals working hard to create equity and inclusion for all members of the Central Coast LGBTQ+ community.

Groups of Gala pride & diversity center

We are stronger together, and are excited to share other queer local organizations.

Volunteer

We support our Central Coast LGBTQ+ community through honest human kindness. Would YOU like to hlep?

Events

The Central Coast is widely know as a mecca for exciting events, and that includes the LGBTQ+ community! See what’s coming up here.

Newsletters

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Contact Us

Have questions about our organization or would like to schedule a time to meet? Contact us!

Gala Pride and Diversity Center Events Can Be Found On Our Events/Groups Calendar.

See Our Quick Look At Upcoming Events Below

Community Events:

 

What’s Going On Week of 9-21-2020

 

Good morning from the Gala Pride and Diversity Center! ¡Buenos días desde el Centro de Orgullo y Diversidad Gala!

 

We now offer LGBTQ+ affirming therapy with a dedicated bilingual therapist, Rocio Anaya, who will write letters for transition related needs as well as providing ongoing therapy to our community. Cencal accepted! Please email for an initial consultation: therapist@galacc.org. 

 

Ahora ofrecemos terapia de afirmación LGBTQ con Rocio Anaya, un terapeuta bilingue dedicado que escribirá cartas para necesidades relacionadas con la transición, así como proporcionar terapia continua a nuestra comunidad. ¡Cencal aceptado! Por favor, email therapist@galacc.org si desea una consulta.

 

Did you know that The Gala Pride and Diversity Center works closely with Cal Poly's Pride Center to make sure we provide a unified experience for students and community? As we welcome back our students for the new school year we hope you will enjoy collaborations on committees, events, community support and more!

 

Monday September 21st

 

4pm-5pm Cal Poly Pride Center Open House Join at http://tiny.cc/openhousepride

Zoom Meeting ID: 998 4091 5685

 

Tuesday September 22nd

 

10:30am SLO Education Collaborative presents a Voting Rights and Anti-Violence Panel moderated by Christina Kaviani of RISE with panelists Stephen Vines of the NAACP, Julie Rodewald from the League of Women Voters, Tommy Gong SLO County Clerk Recorder, Babak Naficy Environmental and Land Use Attorney and Michelle Call Executive Director of the Gala Pride and Diversity Center.  Registration at: rb.gy/uq0ky6 

 

6pm-7pm Stand Out LGBTQ+ Parent Support Group for parents of LGBTQ+ youth. Meeting Link 

Meeting ID: 834 1165 6650, Passcode: LoveIsLove

 

6pm-8pm Trans*Teen Peer Support Group send a note to email@galacc.org for meeting link.

 

7pm-9pm Online Transgender Support Group with Tranz Central Coast and the Gala Pride and Diversity Center. Fill out this Support Group Form or send a note to email@galacc.org to receive the meeting link and password.

 

Wednesday September 23rd

 

6pm-7pm Bi/Pan Visibility Day, If you are bisexual, we see you. We invite you to join board member Elissa DeHart and Executive Director Michelle Call for a discussion about all things bi/pansexual.

We'll discuss representation, stigma, relationships and more - bring your questions, thoughts, and ideas - and your favorite beverage! Zoom Meeting ID: 816 5448 1645 Passcode: BothAnd

 

Thursday September 24th

 

Q Youth is on hiatus - If you want info about the meetings check out @QYouth on Instagram or send a note to rdiaz@galacc.org 

 

Friday September 25th

 

7pm JEWELS: A LGBTQ+ HANGOUT! Santa Maria House of Pride and Equality hosts a Zoom meeting every Friday at 7:00pm for all LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. “Our goal is to provide a safe space for our community to unwind enjoy each other's company! We hope to see you there!” - Meeting ID 821-9929-3440

 

Saturday September 26th

 

1pm-3pm Stoke The World’s Adulting Academy presents History of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and LGBTQ+ 101 with Michelle Call. This (video chat) workshop will cover the history of the movement for LGBTQ+ rights from the Stonewall era forward, including AIDS, Marriage Equality and the recent Supreme Court decision on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.Once we have historical perspective, we'll move into a discussion of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, including terminology and tips for creating affirming environments before opening up to questions. This event is streaming live to Facebook, no link is needed.

 

Sunday September 27th

 

1pm-3pm Shower The People SLO. Complimentary showers will be available each Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00pm. The shower trailer will be located between the library at 995 Palm Street and the adjacent parking garage. Hot showers will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

7pm-8pm Sunday Evening Rap (LGBTQ+ AA Group) meets every Sunday evening. During COVID-19 closures, the meeting is on Zoom with meeting ID  206 301 937.  A password is required. To receive the password email aarapgroup@gmail.com and someone will send it along.

 

COMING UP:

 

Monday October 5th Pride Committee Meeting Pride 2021 is going to be a virtual celebration, and we are excited to announce that Cal Poly's Pride Center will also be joining us for a May Pride Month 

 

For the past 25 years, GALA's Pride Committee has worked to bring some fantastic Pride Events to SLO - from performances at the PAC to Guest Bartender Night to Tommi Rose Drag Shows and Pride in the Plaza and so much more. We are so grateful to all the folks who worked tirelessly to make this events happen! But this year things are different - and not just because of COVID-19.

 

We are excited to involve San Luis Obispo County and surrounding communities in an intersectional and diverse Pride from the community and for the community. We have some jumping off points - but we want your ideas and input. We already have a few ideas for some smaller events, and we have an opening budget to work with. Please come, or send a representative, to our first meeting on Monday October 5th at 6pm

 

Tuesday October 6th 4:30pm-5:3pm LGBTea with RISE - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. RISE and The Gala Pride and Diversity Center invite you to an informational LGBTea! Join us on Zoom Tuesday October 6th 4:30pm-5:30pm Meeting ID: 869 6042 8233 Passcode: Aware

Bring your favorite beverage and join us for an informal discussion about DV, the LGBTQ+ affirming services RISE offers and get to know some of the RISE team

 

Sunday October 11th, 5:30pm-8pm - SLO City Council Candidates Forum California Assemblymember Evan Low will open this candidate forum for SLO City Council candidates hosted by the Gala Pride and Diversity Center and moderated by the League of Women Voters. Streaming live to Facebook and the LOWV website - no link necessary

 

Monthly donation to the Gala Pride and Diversity Center is now live. As we expand our services and hope to pay for therapist-led support groups as well as increasing our reach in the County even $1 or $5 per month makes a difference to us - please consider!  (Note you can make your donation anonymous if desired.)

 

Who is The Gala Pride and Diversity Center?

The Gala Pride and Diversity Center has been providing support since before its incorporation in 1997. For more than 10 years we have owned our beautiful Center at 1060 Palm Street. 

Originally The Gay and Lesbian Alliance – GALA’s mission has expanded to include individuals of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and we offer social support, advocacy, resources, referrals and more. 

Stop by the Center for a cup of tea and a fabulous chat!

Stop by the Center for a cup of tea and a fabulous chat!

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The Gala Pride and Diversity Center, advocates for the Central Coast’s LGBTQ+ community

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Gala Pride and Diversity Center Events

All group dates, times, & locations can be found on our Events/Groups calendar… which is updated frequently.

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RESOURCES

Gala Pride and Diversity Center is always working to provide a safe space and resources – creating opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals to thrive.

Thrive with the help of these valuable resources.

+ Monthly Support Meetings

+ Community Members Serviced Monthly

+ Business Partners

In-person and online… we are available anywhere at anytime.

Gala Pride and Diversity Center advocates for the Central Coast’s LGBTQ+ community and prioritizes the individuals of the Central Coast in their everyday lives from helping someone new to the area to find connections to helping a person find valuable support services.

We welcome ALL individuals regardless of ethnicity, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation and age.

Stop by the Pride Center for a cup of tea and a fabulous chat!

Meet the Board

Gala Pride and Diversity Center is a Central Coast organization managed by a board of hardworking volunteers and paid staff.

Meet the individuals who work diligently to provide the entire LGBTQ+ community with a myriad of valuable resources, workshops, events & more.

The People Behind the Gala Pride and Diversity Center.

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