• 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 7-27-2021


Good morning from the Gala Pride and Diversity Center! 

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


Thank you so much to the SLO Public Health Department, Dignity Healthcare, and Corazón 805 Tacos for a very successful day of COVID-19 vaccinations and community health needs surveys! Thanks to everyone who came out and made this event a success. Click here if you need to get vaccinated or schedule your second dose!


Tuesday July 27th

6pm-8pm Trans Youth Peer Support Group meets in-person at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center! We are a safe place for trans* and gender non-conforming people, as well as those questioning. The group is restricted to those between the ages of 11 and 18. This is a facilitated emotional support group.  It is a safe place to be heard, to share your story, and to hear stories that may sound surprisingly like your own. Members enjoy doing art projects. For more information, contact tranzcentralcoast@gmail.com


6:15pm-7:45pm Stand Out Parent Support Group meets in-person at Skippers Brew & Coffee House at 1242 Monterey St. in SLO. Stand Out is a California CentralCoast peer group, providing a safe and confidential space, without judgment. Wesupply support and information for parents and families of LGBTQ+ identifiedyouth, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. We believe inmeeting people where they are at and will help you navigate your journey ofacceptance. This support group is meeting at the same time as our Trans Youthsupport group. That way parents can drop their kids off at the GALA Center andthen meet with other parents to discuss common issues. The group is open to theparents of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children. For more information, contact tranzcentralcoast@gmail.com

7pm-9pm Tranz* Tuesdays is meeting in-person at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center every Tuesday starting this week! This group is a safe space providing peer to peer support for trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and questioning people. For more information, contact tranzcentralcoast@gmail.com


Wednesday July 28th

2pm-3pm Adult Art Therapy with Harvey Sera (This cohort is full - send a note to email@galacc.org to be put on the waitlist for the next cohort).


Thursday July 29th

6pm-8pm Q Youth is meeting in-person at the Gala Pride & Diversity Center, 1060 Palm Street. For more information about our in-person COVID guidelines, please contact us at email@galacc.org


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


Sunday August 1st

4pm-6pm Belonging 2021: Stories Matter Stories Matter is a live, curated story performance featuring Black community members telling true personal stories around the theme, Break Out! The storyteller line-up features a dynamic mix of youth and elders -- from a young actor turned activist who becomes a father, to Dr. Ruby Simpkins, a physician and poet who weaves true tales to heal the soul and body. This unique entertainment experience is for everyone who enjoys stories well told! Doors open at 3:00 pm for music and mingling. Come early to enjoy delicious food and drinks; and the beautiful, eclectic Bang the Drum Brewery in their new location at 1150 Laurel Lane. Organized by R.A.C.E. Matters SLO in creative collaboration with The Reboot - Storytelling ReImagined. Click here to buy tickets via Eventbrite or purchase tickets at the door.


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

Transitions Mental Health Association is offering Mental Health First Aid Training via Zoom! This national course developed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance use issues. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they need. Classes are offered on September 9th 8:30am-3:30pm and September 23rd, 8:30am-3:30pm and you can click here to register!


Transitions Mental Health Association is offering an Anger Management Education Group on Mondays from 10am-11am starting September 6th, 2021! The program will be hosted on zoom with meeting ID 826 0857 6785, and anyone ages 18 or older is welcome to attend. Contact Victoria Meredith at vmeredith@t-mha.org for more information! 


SLO Provisions is hosting a show of Sharon Emerson’s art quilts through the month of August. There will be an opening reception on August 7th, 5pm-8pm.


GLSEN is holding a 2021 National School Climate Survey open to all LGBTQ+ students! This is an important study that helps national organizations evaluate strengths and weaknesses of LGBTQ+ affirming climates in educational environments. Click here to learn more and participate in the survey!


The first round of mental health care professionals from the SLO ACCEPTance Project have graduated from the 9-month intensive training program to develop their cultural competency & humility around LGBTQ+ people and communities! Click here to learn more about QCARES, the SLO ACCEPTance Project, and to find a list of local mental healthcare professionals who have completed this training! For more affirming healthcare resources, visit the Tranz Central Coast website!


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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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.