• 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 10-4-21

Good morning from the Gala Pride and Diversity Center! 

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

We have new hours! We have closed our center again in response to the rise in COVID-19 rates and are available by appointment Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm. We’re still offering all of our services and connecting people with resources and keeping the community connected! Contact us at (805)541-4252 or email us at email@galacc.org

Happy National Coming Out Day 2021!! Join us for a free virtual tour of the San Francisco Castro District! The Castro is home to the legendary Painted Ladies and is San Francisco's historical LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Register here and we can't wait to see you there!

The Gala Pride & Diversity Center will be offering LGBTQ+ Affirming Family Education on October 16th, 10am-1pm via zoom. This free community training for family members of LGBTQ+ people, with an emphasis on transgender and non-binary youth, works towards the goal of loving, affirming families for everyone! Register at tinyurl.com/LGBTQFamilyEdu

Wednesday October 6th

10am-11am 10 Warning Signs - Dementia vs. Typical Aging SLO Village Coffee & Conversation presents “10 Warning Signs - Dementia vs. Typical Aging”, an informational event hosted via zoom. Laura DeLoye, Program & Education Manager for Alzheimer's Association, California Central Coast Chapter has worked with older adults with dementia and caregivers for 25 years in various capacities and settings. Working for the Alzheimer's Association for the past two years, she gets to help educate the community and support caregivers in better understanding dementia.  Her educational background is as a board-certified music therapist and has lived on the Central Coast for 10 years. Click here to RSVP and the zoom link will be sent October 5, 2021.

4:30pm-6pm Remembering Community Memorial Our LGBTQ+ community has lost three members in the past weeks or so:Dr. Kate Adams of Alan Hancock College, Grant Crowl who founded 805 Cabaret, and Ruth Starr who was a friend to many in our Senior group. We are providing a virtual space for you to come and remember them - sharing memories and comforting each other - on Wednesday October 6th from 4:30-6pm, a time traditionally used for Senior Social activities. Please come and join us if it would be helpful! You can click this link to join.

7pm-8pm LGBTQ+ FED Therapist Lead Support Group meets virtually via zoom. FED stands for F*ck Eating Disorders. We are a pro-recovery group and offer space for those who need peer support, at all stages of ED recovery. We understand that recovery is not linear, and judgment-free support is crucial. Come join us to listen, share, and be part of a community building each other up. Contact sarahjoypark@gmail.com for the link.

Thursday October 7th

6pm-8pm Q Youth is meeting outdoors and in-person at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center again! For more information, please contact us at email@galacc.org

Friday October 8th

7pm-10pm Free-For-All Movie Night Free for All still does something movie related every month on Zoom. Sometimes we watch a streaming movie in advance and talk about it, sometimes we watch a movie together, sometimes we simply talk about what good things we might have seen recently. We aim for a really eclectic mix of films, from obscure old classics to the still unreleased, from dorky lesbian romance to action movies, from teens coming out to seniors losing it, and from all continents.  If you dis/liked this month's offering, you're sure to feel different about the next. All tastes welcome. Check us out on our Facebook group or join our mailing list!

Saturday October 9th

10am-12pm Reading the Rainbow Please join us on Saturday, October 9 at the Santa Maria Public Library in Shepard Hall for a free presentation in recognition of National Coming Out Day 2021 (October 11) hosted by the Santa Maria Public Library and the Santa Maria Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Seating is limited, and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to secure their seats. The event will feature a panel of speakers from the Gala Pride & Diversity Center, HOPE (House of Pride & Equality), and the Central Coast Coalition of Inclusive Schools. They will discuss how to affirm sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. Click here to learn more!

7pm-10pm Rocky Horror Drag Show Big Balsz Productions and Bang the Drum Brewery present the Rocky Horror Drag Show on October 9th, 8pm-10pm (doors open at 7pm) at Bang the Drum Brewery at 1150 Laurel Lane in San Luis Obispo! Hosted by Nala Diamond and Juicy CW and featuring performances by Pandora Mystere and Babie Blue Delusional as well as a Rocky Horror costume contest! Proof of vaccination required at the door. Click here to get your tickets!

Sunday October 10th

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

We are looking for nominations for our 2022 Board of Directors! This is an exciting time to be part of our organization as we continue to expand and offer more services - and we could really use your help. Please pass along to anyone you think may be interested and we set the form up so you can nominate someone else as well! https://forms.gle/58C2RWmjhkeM9qKN8

NAACP SLO County is hosting a virtual Freedom Fund Gala with guests of honor Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Salud Carbajal. They will have an Awards Ceremony, a Silent Auction and Entertainment, accessible from the safety of your mobile device or computer. Have you heard the Black National Anthem? It is time for joy in community, education and art. Join them on Saturday October 16th from 5:00-7:00pm. Tickets are $75 each, $700 for a group of ten and $40 for 18 years of age and under. Consider viewing our special event with your family or “pod” outside together? Order take-out and enjoy our time together. Visit naacpslocty.org/gala for more information!

Check out SLO Equity, a new podcast from Diversity SLO that dives into the origins of systemic racism, and unconscious bias in San Luis Obispo County. It tells the stories of the minorities affected by it as well as the stories of those people working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in this predominantly white community. Presented by the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, they investigate how businesses, community members, local schools and government are navigating conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion and how community members can get involved and become allies in the fight for equality. Listen and learn more at SLOEquity.org or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Sidecar hosts an LGBTQ+ night every Thursday at 1040 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo! Join them 6pm-11pm for an evening of cocktails, mocktails, appetizers, and fun!

Transitions-Mental Health Association’s Peer Advisory and Advocacy Team is hosting a presentation from Disability Rights California on California Disability Rights. The presentation will discuss services and opportunities, including information on ESA and housing. There will be a Q&A time, so come with questions for their speaker, Robyn Gantsweg! This session will be hosted via zoom on October 12th, 11am-12:30pm and participants can register here!

Transitions-Mental Health Association is hosting a weekly Monday Morning Men’s Group via zoom every Monday 9:30am-11am. Come along and make new friends, develop coping skills to manage emotions, identify emotional triggers, and learn how to discuss feelings with others. Call in to the meeting at 856-1894-2027.

Transitions-Mental Health Association is hosting a twice-weekly Depression and Anxiety Support Group every Monday 11am-12pm and Wednesday 6pm-7pm. Whether anxiety and depression are new to you or longtime companions, these groups offer a confidential place to explore symptom awareness, share best practices, and support each other through to recovery and wellness. Call (805)541-6813 for the meeting information!

SLO Village is looking for volunteers! SLO Village is a non-profit charity and is a 501(c)(3) organization that enables older adults to age in community, and to remain in their own homes, while maintaining an active and vital life. They are seeking volunteers that can help our members with a variety of service requests (i.e., driving to appointments, gardening, etc.), serve on committees, and help their office staff. All ages are encouraged to apply! Visit SLOVillage.org for more information or call or text the office at (805)242-6440.

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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Gala Pride & Diversity Center welcomes all individuals regardless of ethnicity, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation and age. Stop by the Center for a cup of tea and a fabulous chat!

1060 Palm Street | San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone: (805) 541-4252

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.