• 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 1-17-22

 

Good morning from the Gala Pride and Diversity Center! 

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

 

The board and staff of The Gala Pride and Diversity Center stand in solidarity with our Jewish constituents, friends, and neighbors as we condemn the anti-semitic act that took place at a Texas synagogue over the weekend. All people of faith should have the right to worship freely and safely in the United States of America, without concern for their physical safety.

 

We pledge to continue to speak out against hate, anti-semitism and extremism in all its forms and on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022, we remember his words from October of 1966: "The denial of human rights anywhere is a threat to the affirmation of human rights everywhere."

 

These rights include the right to a fair vote. From changes to state laws targeting various at-risk groups such as impoverished and imprisoned peoples to extensive gerrymandering, this right has been under such direct threat that Dr. King’s family has called for no celebration without the passage of legislation that addresses these concerns. This uncomfortable truth is one well-worth thinking about, and not just today.

 

Monday January 17th

 

6pm-8pm Pride 2022 Planning Committee Meeting Meets every other week via zoom. It’s that time of year again! Central Coast Pride is starting their planning for this year’s celebration in May. If you want to know how to get involved, either in planning or execution of the event, reach out to Lynn at lynn@galacc.org for more information!

 

Tuesday January 18th

 

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!

 

7pm-9pm Trans* Tuesday will be meeting via zoom, with the next meetings on December 7th and 21st. Trans* Tuesday provides a safe space providing peer to peer support for trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and questioning people. Contact tranzcentralcoast@gmail.com for details and the zoom meeting information.

 

Wednesday January 19th

 

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. 

 

7pm-8pm LGBTQ+ FED Therapist Led 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. This group is for LGBTQ+ and questioning adults ages 18+ who are seeking support around eating disorders. Come join us to listen, share, and be part of a community building each other up. Contact sarahjoypark@gmail.com for the link.

 

Thursday January 20th

 

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 January 21st

 

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!

 

Sunday January 23rd

 

7pm-8pm Sunday Evening Rap (LGBTQ+ AA Group) meets 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 partnering with Shower the People SLO to bring free showers to unhoused community members in the safe space of our back parking lot at 1060 Palm St. and are looking for volunteers to help out! Showers will be available either Fridays or Saturdays from 10am-1pm. We need 5 volunteers for each session (approx 20 total volunteer sessions per month) to help with intake, clean down showers between use and supervise. There will be full training. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please send a note to email@galacc.org and let us know whether Fridays or Saturdays would be better for you!

 

Women’s March Santa Maria Valley will be hosting an Engage for Equity Rally on Saturday, January 22nd, 10 AM at Santa Maria City Hall. Rally with other supporters to mark the 49th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that paved the way for AFAB people in the U.S. to gain control of their own bodies. Women’s March SLO will be hosting this rally later in the year on March 5th, 12pm-4pm at Mitchell Park with speakers and a resource fair. 

 

Tigerlily Salon (located at 659 Higuera St. in SLO) is offering free transitional haircuts to trans youth beginning their journey! Tigerlily Salon supports transgender youth in their transitional journey and are excited to offer complimentary haircutting services to those looking to transition. Give them a call at (805) 541-9911 and mention this ad to book an appointment!

 

The eQuality Scholarship Collaborative is offering $6,000 scholarships to graduating high school and community college transfer students in our area! This scholarship seeks to recognize service to the LGBTQ+ community and can be used at any accredited post-secondary institution- college, university, or trade school. Applications are due by January 31st, 2022 and you can learn more and apply at www.EqualityScholarship.org!

 

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

 

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.