• Gala Pride and Diversity Center Board Meeting | Third Tuesday of Each Month.

• Art After Dark | First Friday of Each Month (at the Gala Pride and Diversity Center).

For a list of Recurring Support Group Meetings, VISIT US HERE.

Community Events:

What’s Going On Week of 5-10-2021


Good morning from the Gala Pride and Diversity Center! 

¡Buenos días desde el Centro de Orgullo y Diversidad Gala! 

Our monthly News & Reviews newsletter is out now! Click here to read the 2021 Pride edition!

We’ve updated our office hours. Our office is now available by appointment Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm. We will be closed the week after Pride, May 24-27, and will return to the office on May 31st. 

Check out www.slopride.com for the first details of our upcoming Pride 2021 week long Festival May 16th-23rd, 2021!

Our Pride Pet Photo Competition is also wrapping up quick! This year’s theme is “Proud, Strong, United” and we’re accepting submissions through May 16th! Click here to submit your photos and check out all the exciting prizes we have for all categories of bio and non-bio pets! 

Want to show your Pride? A few Central Coast Pride yard signs are still available! To pick up yours, call the Gala Pride & Diversity Center at (805)541-4252 to schedule a pickup Monday-Thursday or stop by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center at 895 Monterey Street!

Ticket sales are NOW LIVE for our virtual Pride Drag Show and Livestream Concert with Jill Knight! The ticketed 18+ drag & burlesque show featuring some of the Central Coast's finest drag and burlesque performers airs Friday, May 21st at 8:30pm and you can get your tickets here! The all ages livestream concert featuring Jill Knight, That's the Key Acapella, ITF, and more airs Saturday, May 22nd at 7pm and you can get your tickets here!

Our Pride Art Show themed "Proud. Strong. United." and sponsored by Hathway will be available for viewing by appointment at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center! The gallery will be closed off from the rest of the building with plenty of ventilation and visitors are required to wear face masks during their 15 minute viewing. We will have forms available for anyone interested in purchasing pieces available for sale! Appointments are available every 15 minutes on  Monday-Thursday 9-5 and Saturdays 10am-3pm between May 10th-31st. To schedule a viewing, drop us a note at sruggles@galacc.org

Monday May 10th

7pm-9pm Walt Whitman Gay Men’s Book Club The Walt Whitman Gay Men’s Book Club occurs every 2nd Monday. This club meets for a discussion of books. They read and study books chosen by the group which relates to their lives as gay men. All are welcome! Click here to join us on zoom!

Tuesday May 11th

7pm-9pm Trans Tuesday Support Group This transgender support group meets every other week via zoom. Drop us a note at email@galacc.org or tranzcentralcoast@gmail.com for more information!

Wednesday May 12th

6pm-7pm LGBTQ+ Social Support Group This general social & support group is for anyone under the LGBTQ+ umbrella! We come together to socialize, learn, share, and support each other. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82516765364 | Meeting ID: 825 1676 5364

6pm-7pm Community Conversation about Vaccines with NAACP SLO County and R.A.C.E. Matters SLO Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 but are the least likely to be vaccinated. What can we do to overcome the distrust of medical providers due to the health care system’s history of mistreatment of people of color? Have you been hearing stories about vaccines that have caused you to be uncertain about being vaccinated?  What concerns do you, your friends, and loved ones have about the safety of vaccines? Join the conversation with Veronica Avery (Acupuncturist & NAACP Health Chair), Dr. Steve Clarke Medical Director (Community Health Centers of the Central Coast), and Dr. Kevin Ferguson (Medical Director, Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Dignity Health Marian Regional Medical Center). You are invited to ask questions and explore concerns in a safe space with these local community leaders. Click here to register for this event!

6:30pm-7:30pm Cuesta Pride Club Cuesta Pride is a student lead LGBTQ+ club at Cuesta College.  It was founded in 2020 with intention of creating a safe and accepting place for Cuesta students.  Since its founding, Cuesta Pride has fought for representation on Cuesta’s campus and worked to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ students online.  Email dylan_canterbury@my.cuesta.edu for meeting access!

Thursday May 6th

6pm-8pm Q Youth will be meeting virtually this week! This group is for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-19 and you can drop a note at email@galacc.org for the zoom joining info!

6pm-8pm BDSM Discussion Group The Central Coast Kink Community hosts a monthly BDSM discussion group to explore a different facet of kink and BDSM experiences each month. This month is a special Pride edition where we examine the intersection of BDSM and LGBTQ+ history and experiences. Attendance is restricted to those 18+ who have taken the CCKC BDSM 101 offered on the 3rd Sunday of each month. For the zoom meeting info, contact email@galacc.org

Friday May 14th

7pm-10pm Free-For-All Movie Nights A showing of a wide variety of LGBT movies every 2nd Friday of the month at the GALA Center from 7:00-10:00 PM. Free-For-All shows an eclectic selection of movies, with different themes, moods, topics, every 2nd Friday. All welcome. Let's get to know each other by watching good movies together! Learn more on their facebook group or join their mailing list for more info!

Saturday May 15th

10am-3pm Love Notes Painting Session Central Coast Pride is calling all artists (of all capacities) to contribute to a community-wide art project to be displayed in Mission Plaza this upcoming June 2021. Come express yourself through color and paint every Saturday between 10-12 and 1-3pm! We will meet outside in the parking lot of the Gala Pride & Diversity Center at 1060 Palm St. All participants must wear a face mask and distance at least 6 feet apart. We are still looking for volunteers to help us with this event on Saturday afternoons! If you’re interested in volunteering, send us a note at sruggles@galacc.org

10am-12:30pm 4th Annual Central Coast Social Justice Education Conference. Register at tinyurl.com/CCSJEC2021 and receive up-to-date information about the event. The conference will focus on our collective work to name and challenge forms of oppression by bringing together local educators and activists committed to racial justice. 

The keynote speaker is Dr. Jamila Lyiscott — a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. The conference will also include a panel of K-12 educators and community activists from California’s Central Coast and a curriculum fair featuring social justice lessons and resources created by Cal Poly School of Education credential and graduate students. This event is organized and sponsored by: Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success and Cal Poly School of Education. More info: here Contact: bronan@calpoly.edu

Sunday May 16th

10am-3pm Love Notes Painting Session - Special Pride Kick-off! Central Coast Pride is calling all artists (of all capacities) to contribute to a community-wide art project to be displayed in Mission Plaza this upcoming June 2021. Come express yourself through color and paint and a secret special element just for the first day of Pride! We will meet outside in the parking lot of the Gala Pride & Diversity Center at 1060 Palm St. from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. All participants must wear a face mask and distance at least 6 feet apart. We are still looking for volunteers to help us with this special kick-off event! If you’re interested in volunteering, send us a note at sruggles@galacc.org

12pm-5pm Pride Talks Let’s kick off Central Coast Pride! An informative prerecorded talk style event with the goal to highlight the stories, experiences, and knowledge of the LGBTQ+ members in our community and to share those experiences with others. These pre-recorded talks on topics such as The History of Pride, How to Start a Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Your School, Bisexuality, Disability and the LGBTQ+ community and more will be shown with a live panel discussion at the end. Individual talks will occur between 12-4PM with a live-panel discussion airing at 4PM. Click here to learn more and register for this event! 

6pm-8pm CCKC’S BDSM 101 The Central Coast Kink Community holds several events each month around the county. This BDSM 101 class is a basic overview of kink, consent, rules, and information to help practitioners be successful and safe. Attendees must be 18+ years of age. Contact email@galacc.org for the zoom link!

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 & Other News 

July 11th-16th Join us for LGBTQ+ Family Camp at Camp Ocean Pines! Do let us know if you sign up as we will be creating content including workshops and movie nights for this camp and want to include your thoughts and ideas 🙂 If you’d like to go but can only afford part - let us know, we’re working on scholarship ideas! https://campoceanpines.org/family-camps-2021 

The SLO Acceptance Project has released the list of local mental health professionals who participated in their 9 month intensive training program to develop cultural competence and humility to provide queer and trans affirming services. This training program was developed based on data collected from the local LGBTQ+ community. Click here to learn more about the project and view the list of providers!

Sam del Castillo is a Doctoral candidate in UCSB’s department of counseling, clinical, and school psychology program working on their dissertation. They are looking to interview trans Latinx youth (18-21) and Latinx parents of trans youth about parental support. The interview should take about one hour and participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Parents and youth do not need to belong to the same family. Email sdelcastillo@ucsb.edu for more information or to participate in the study!

Please consider Monthly Giving to the Pride Center! Skippers Brew LGBTQ+ affirming coffee shop at 1242 Monterey St, SLO is offering 20% discount regular Pride Center donors, SLO Provisions will give you 10% as will Central Coast Comedy Theater, SLO Botanical Garden and SLO Public House. Suncoast Insurance will donate $10 whenever you get a quote from them!


Central Coast Pride is a committee of the Gala Pride and Diversity center and LGBTQ Campus Life (PRIDE) at Cal Poly which has hosted an annual series of events held across San Luis Obispo since 1997. This year Pride will be held virtually in correspondence with Slo County social distancing guidelines. Join us and many other members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community this may for a chance to partake in a variety of uplifting and entertaining events that build up our community. To Learn more about Pride and the events being hosted this year visit the Central Coast Pride website by clicking the title above.

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