• 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 5-16-22

Good morning from the Gala Pride and Diversity Center! 

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

It’s time for Pridefest 2022!! Join us this weekend for Pridefest 2022 at Laguna Lake Park, May 20th-22nd. Tickets for the Friday All-Ages Drag Show are still on sale here! Seats are going fast, so get your tickets now! Saturday and Sunday will be jam-packed with family friendly activities, live music, art, and more. If you’d like to volunteer, we still need lots of help, and you can sign up for a volunteer shift here or drop a note to anelise.wyandt@gmail.com.

Adventure Giveaway Tickets now on sale! We’ve got a ton of awesome prizes up for grabs, and tickets will be drawn on Sunday at the end of Pridefest 2022. Tickets are available for pickup at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center! Those interested can pick up a pack of 20 tickets and then share or sell them amongst friends, family, and coworkers. Tickets are $5 apiece and when your 20 pack of tickets is gone, bring the filled out ticket stubbs and collected money to the Gala Pride & Diversity Center (or our Info Booth at Pridefest!) to be entered into the giveaway contest! Each ticket increases your chances to win one of our fabulous prizes (more about this at the end of the mailing) and are available for pickup from our Center! Drop us a line at email@galacc.org or call us at (805)541-4252 to get yours today!

Our office will be open Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm, or by appointment. Our office will be closed Monday May 23rd and will re-open Tuesday May 31st. We will be monitoring phone calls and emails while our office is closed. 

Monday, May 16th

6pm-7pm Non-Binary* Discussion Group meets both virtually and in-person at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center! This group is open to anyone who falls under the nonbinary umbrella, including genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, demigender people, or gender nonconforming, gender questioning, or transgender folks. You can join us in-person at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center, or you can contact us at email@galacc.org for the zoom virtual meeting link!

Tuesday, May 17th

6pm-8pm Gala Pride & Diversity Center Board Meeting is meeting virtually and is open to members of the public. Click here to fill out the form to request the meeting link!

Wednesday, May 18th

6:30pm-8:30pm Central Coast Polyamory meets virtually on zoom and hosts a discussion around a different topic about ethical non-monogamy every month! Contact email@galacc.org for more information. 

Thursday, May 19th

6pm-8pm Q Youth meets in-person and outdoors at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center. This is a social support group for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth ages 11-18! Contact Ly-Lan@LofgrenTherapy.com for more information. Please note this meeting will be canceled if it’s raining.

Friday, May 20th

First Day of Pridefest 2022! Join us at Laguna Lake Park in SLO!

4pm-7pm Live Pridefest Music & DJs Join us as we kick off Pridefest weekend at Laguna Lake Park with live music and DJs! Come check out DJs Navig8, Jason Perez, and Promess on the DJ Sounds Stage, and the bands Honeyboys, Couch Dog, Kiwi Kannibal, Arrlo, and DJ Suz on the Main Stage for a fabulous evening of music before the drag show!

6:30pm-9pm SLO Lez B Friends still gathers every month on Zoom. When it's safe to meet in person again, we look forward to returning to our wonderful potlucks, speed friending, game nights, and so on. We welcome all lesbians and have a good core group of friends who gather to talk about all the things we love and care about from movies, outings, music, being new to the area and more. We come from all walks of life, enjoy a huge variety of events and most importantly, support each other! Check us out on our Facebook group or join our mailing list!

7pm-9pm Hosts of the Coast All Ages Drag Show! Tickets are selling fast for our all-ages mainstage live drag show Friday night! Join our host Mr. Sparkles for a fabulous evening of drag with performers Nala Diamond, Juicy CW, Vivian Storm, Angel D’mon, Cooper the Queen, and Pam Cakez. VIP tables are sold out, and preferred and general seating is going fast, so click here to get your tickets now and don’t miss out on this fantabulous show!

Saturday, May 21st

Pridefest 2022 continues at Laguna Lake Park! 

10am-10pm Pridefest 2022 at Laguna Lake Park! Join us for a fun and fabulous day of Pride activities! We’ll have events going all day long with awesome activities! We’ll have arts and crafts, a vendor fair, selfie stations, games, a resource fair, and much much more detailed below. For more information, including a detailed schedule, visit us at SLOPride.com!

Kids’ Area

10:00am-11:30am Behemoth Bubbles

11:30am-12:30pm Drag Queen Story Time & Photo Op

12:00pm-1:30pm Tie Dye Station

12:00pm-3:00pm Face Painting

1:30pm-2:30pm Bilingual Story Time

2:00pm-3:30pm DIY Pride Flags

3:30pm-4:30pm Pride Puppets Photo Op

4:00pm-5:30pm Paper Flowers

6:00pm Closes

Teen Lounge (ages 14-18)

11:00am Open

6:00pm-8:00pm Silent Disco High School

DJ Sound Stage

10:00am-11:30am DJ Steph West (@DJStephWest)

11:30am-1:00pm Vinylistics (@Vinylistics)

1:00pm-2:30pm Velanch (@VelanchDJ)

2:30pm-4:00pm DJ Hungy Boi (@bert_doin_things)

4:00pm-5:30pm Augat (@Beatmeupscotty)

5:30pm-7:00pm Luna Jay (@DJLunaJay)

7:00pm-8:30pm Felly Fell (@fellyfell_)

8:30pm-10pm Chad Fortin (@SpeakeasyChad)

Main Stage

11:00am Opening Ceremony

11:45am Keeper

12:25pm Melissa Scareplli

1:00pm Shaylee

1:45pm Caleb Nichols

2:45pm Wryn

4:30pm The Jill Knight Quartet

5:30pm The Shanastics

6:15pm Molly Ringwald Project

7:05pm AntiHana

7:45pm Asi Kemera

7:55pm Purple Hibiscus

8:30pm-10pm 1984 Discoteque Pridefest Afterparty Join us at SLO Brew Rock in San Luis Obispo for the OFFICIAL Pridefest Afterparty! This blowout 80’s dance party features DJ Ryann on the main stage and the $5 cover all goes to support the Gala Pride & Diversity Center and our mission to support and empower people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions to strengthen and unite our Central Coast community. This event is 21+ and costumes are strongly encouraged! Get your tickets at the door or get them ahead of time here!

5:30pm-7pm Rainbow Dungeons & Dragons Intersectional LGBTQ-friendly Dungeons & Dragons group for tabletop roleplaying fun at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center! Create a character to adventure within a fantasy setting along with a group of other players. Battle monsters, work with your party members, solve mysteries and riddles, collect gold and valuables, and make your mark on the world for good or for evil or for something in between. This game is beginner-friendly with lots of assistance for new players learning the game system. Specs:  D&D 5E, homebrew planet and setting, story and character building heavy. Please contact the GM at marywaters256@gmail.com for more information and introduction to the group.    

Sunday May 22nd

Final Day of Pridefest 2022 at Laguna Lake Park!

10am-6pm Pridefest 2022 at Laguna Lake Park! Join us for a fun and fabulous day of Pride activities! We’ll have events going all day long with awesome activities! We’ll have arts and crafts, a vendor fair, selfie stations, games, a resource fair, and much much more detailed below. For more information, including a detailed schedule, visit us at SLOPride.com!

Kids’ Area

10:00am-11:30am Behemoth Bubbles

11:30am-12:30pm Drag Queen Story Time & Photo Op

12:00pm-1:30pm Tie Dye Station

12:00pm-3:00pm Face Painting

1:30pm-2:30pm Bilingual Story Time

2:00pm-3:30pm DIY Pride Flags

4:00pm Closes

Teen Lounge (ages 14-18)

11:00am-4pm The Teen Lounge will have a hang out spot, bracelet making, and arts and crafts all day!

DJ Sound Stage

10:00am-11:30am Malik (@asatelliteoflove)

11:30am-1:00pm DJ Suzi (@DJ_suz09)

1:00pm-2:30pm FlutterbyCam (@flutterbycam)

2:30pm-4:00pm Velanche (@VelancheDJ)

4:00pm-5:30pm Chad Fortin (@SpeakeasyChad)

5:30pm-7:00pm SoulDust DJ Crew (@souldustpro)

Main Stage

11:00am Wildflower

11:45am That’s the Key

12:30pm Take it SLO a Capella

1:00pm The Studio of Performing Arts

1:45pm ReVive Dance Company

2:15pm Forever Green

2:55pm Soleffect

4:30pm Adventure Drawing Giveaway- Get your tickets!!

4:30pm-6:00pm Closing Drag Show “There’s No Place Like Home”

10:30am-12:30pm Community Of John XXII Is an affirming community of faith that meets in-person on the 4th Sunday of every month at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center.

11am PFLAG Parent Day Livestream will play online. In a year when officials from the State House to the school board have criminalized parenting, PFLAG parents and caregivers have risen up in support of their LGBTQ+ loved ones and for their communities. PFLAG Parent day honors and celebrates all people who lead with love for LGBTQ+ youth! The second annual PFLAG Parent Day event will feature the stories of courageous LGBTQ+ individuals, allies, parents and caregivers, plus appearances by Big Freedia, Cody Rigsby, George Takei, Matteo Lane, MUNA, Tommy DiDario, the cast members from Hulu’s LOVE, VICTOR and many more to be announced at a later date. Visit PFLAG.org for more information as the event gets closer.

7pm-8pm Sunday Evening Rap (LGBTQ+ AA Group) meets on Zoom. For the Zoom link and password to this LGBTQ+ affirming Alcoholics Anonymous group, please email aarapgroup@gmail.com and someone will send it along.

Coming Up & Other News

Pridefest 2022 is just around the corner! Keep an eye out for our Pride Rocks! Bright yellow rocks with our Pridefest Logo have been hidden all around SLO County- snap a picture and post it to Instagram tagging @SLOPrideFest and #SLOPRIDEFEST to be entered to win 2 free tickets to our all ages Friday Drag Show! 

Pridefest also brings the Pridefest Adventure Giveaway! We’ve got a ton of awesome prizes up for grabs, and tickets will be drawn on Sunday at the end of Pridefest 2022. Tickets are available for pickup at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center! Those interested can pick up a pack of 20 tickets and then share or sell them amongst friends, family, and coworkers. Tickets are $5 apiece and when your 20 pack of tickets is gone, bring the filled out ticket stubbs and collected money to the Gala Pride & Diversity Center (or our Info Booth at Pridefest!) to be entered into the giveaway contest! Each ticket increases your chances to win one of our fabulous prizes (more about this at the end of the mailing) and are available for pickup from our Center! Stop by the Gala Pride & Diversity Center at 1060 Palm St., Mon-Thu between 10am-4pm to pick up your tickets, or contact us at email@galacc.org for more information! 

LIST OF PRIZES

  1. The Great American Melodrama & Dinner at Ribline for 6
  2. 12 Months of dining out
  3. Dinner delivered by Myndful Meals & Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart for 6
  4. Dinner and tickets to Sensorio for 4 
  5. REI Adventure Gear & Picnic boxed lunch from SLO Provisions for 4
  6. The Locked Inn escape room and dinner at Spoon Trade for 6
  7. The Ravine Water Park 2 day passes and a $100 gift card
  8. 1 1/2 hour session at Battle Axe & a tasty treat for 6

... Plus two more prizes to be announced!

June 18th, 6pm-8pm House of Pride & Equality (HOPE) Presents: The Santa Maria Pride Drag Show! House of Pride & Equality is proud to present the annual Santa Maria Pride Drag Show, featuring 6 drag queens! This event is for ages 18+ and the full lineup will be announced soon! Click here to buy your tickets now and don’t miss this fabulous show!

A PRIDE Family Camp, from Wednesday, July 13th through Sunday, July 17th at Camp Ocean Pines. Join us for a positive, welcoming community and some quality time around the campfire including our very own Camp Ocean Pines Pride Parade! Any queer-identifying family is welcome to register for this session. Activities will run through Saturday morning, visit campoceanpines.org for more information!

Our in-house therapist Lauren Phelps, MFT has openings for new clients! Lauren provides LGBTQIA2+ affirming therapy for youth and adults. If you’d like to learn more about working with Lauren, you can contact them at laurenphelpsmft@gmail.com or visit them on the web at LaurenPhelpsMFT.com.

Our Therapist-Led Trans* Support Group is looking for participants. Any person identifying as trans* or genderqueer is welcome to join this therapist-led group. The group therapist will facilitate group goals, which might include increasing safety, self-acceptance, validation of trauma, and skills for authentic and integrated living. The group will start meeting when there are enough interested people to form a cohort. Contact email@galacc.org to register and learn more!

Our Therapist Led IPV/SA Support Group is looking for participants. This therapist led support group provides a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Topics will vary from session to session, but may include developing resiliency, coping skills, and grounding techniques. This group will begin meeting virtually via zoom when there are enough  interested people to form a cohort. Contact jenileephd@gmail.com to register and learn more!

Please consider Monthly Giving to the Pride Center! Skippers Brew LGBTQ+ affirming coffee shop at 1242 Monterey St, SLO is offering a 20% discount to 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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Provisional statement: The Gala Pride and Diversity Center is located on the land of the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini – Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region. We are aware that this land was taken from indigenous peoples violently, unceded - without agreement, consideration, or compensation.  We are committed to including local indigenous history in our training and we set the intention of relationship with and support of local indigenous peoples.   Additionally, we acknowledge our responsibility to protect the natural environment.