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GALA of the Central Coast

GALA reflects the rich social life of the LGBTQ+ community in San Luis Obispo County. Through our MISSION of education, support, recreation, advocacy, and partnerships, we are featuring SLO County area organizations, businesses, and more… supporting our community.

Phone Support

Trevor Project

(866) 488-7386

Trevor Text → Text ‘START’ to 678678

SLO Hotline

(800) 783-0607

RISE Hotline

(885) 886-7473

Trans Lifeline

(877) 565-8860

National Gay and Lesbian Hotline

(888) 843-4564

National Suicide Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

Queer Local Organizations

Through education, support, recreation, advocacy, and partnerships, we will promote the wellbeing of our LGBTQ+ community.

Tranz Central Coast

1060 Palm St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

EmailPhone #: 805-242-3821


5 Cities Hope

P.O. box 494 Oceano, CA 93475



Santa Maria House of Pride and Equality (HOPE) 

EmailPhone #:



SLO Queerdos

Email / Phone #: 



The Queer Crowd

P.O Box 16044 San Luis Obispo, CA 93406




Cal Poly Pride Center

Bldg 65, Room 217 



SLO Hotline

Phone #: 




51 Zaca Lane #100, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Email / Phone #: 

855-886-RISE (7473)


Stand Strong

51 Zaca Ln #150, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone #:

(805) 781-6400



Access Support Network

1320 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


Central Coast Coalition for Inclusive Schools


Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success



Pacific Pride Foundation

123 S College Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Phone #:

(805) 963-3636



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Support Groups

Trans Central Coast North County Support Group

Times: Every 4th Saturday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm 

Location: Community Church of Atascadero – 5850 Rosario Avenue, Atascadero, CA

Description: The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and affirming place North of the Cuesta Grade for people of all genders and their family and friends to gather and to socialize.  Drinks and snacks are served. Please come and help us create a strong and enduring social support group for people at all points along the gender spectrum: trans men, trans women, genderqueer, asexual, questioning, crossdressers, and allies.  

Website Link

GALA “Q” Youth (Ages 12-18)

Times: Every Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: GALA Center

Description: Q Youth group is a social group dedicated to creating a safe space for SLO County LGBTQ+ Youth.


Walt Whitman Gay Men’s Book Club

Times: Every 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00-9:00 pm 

Location: GALA Center 

Description: 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!


Latinx LGBTQ+ Group

There has not been a consistent time established for this group as of now, please email GALA at for more information


GALA - Senior Advocacy

Times: Every 3rd Thursday of the month potluck gatherings from 4pm-6pm at the GALA Center. 

Location: GALA Center 

Description: This group is focused on advocating for LGBT seniors through promoting inclusive environments that are both aware and affirming. It also is focused on developing a community that supports intergenerational activities among LGBT individuals. GALA is currently seeking additional facilitators for the Senior Social. Send a note HERE if interested.


Trans*Teen Peer Support Group

Times: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm-8:00pm 

Location: GALA Center 

Description: 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.

Website Link


Times: Every Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 pm 

Location: GALA Center 

Description: We are a peer-led support group for members of the community who are transgender, questioning, genderqueer, asexual, crossdressers, families with transgender members, and allies.

The group ranges in age from high school to senior citizens with a wide range of life experiences.  We discuss topics using “I” statements from those life experiences. All are welcome!

Pizza 3rd Tuesdays of the month!

Website Link


SLO Lez B Friends

Times: Every 3rd Friday of the month from 6:30-9:00 pm

Location: GALA Center 

Description: San Luis Obispo county lesbians (trans and nonbinary folks welcome) meet for social good times. This is a group-run social event, and attendees are encouraged to suggest whatever they would like to do. If you prefer to get an email and participate in group discussion, please sign up here.


BDSM 101 Class

Times: Every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: GALA Center 

Description: The Central Coast Kink Community presents this fundamental overview of kink, consent, rules, and information to help practitioners be successful and safe. 18+

Queer and Kinky Munch

Times: Every 4th Monday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm  

Location: Wineman Grill

Description: The Central Coast Kink Community Group holds several events each month around the county.  This social gathering around food, hosted by GALA and CCKC,  brings those at the intersection of Queer and Kinky together. 18+

Rainbow Dungeons and Dragons (5E)

Times: Sunday nights 5:30-7:30 PM

Location: GALA Center 

Description: Intersectional LGBTQ-friendly Dungeons & Dragons group for tabletop roleplaying fun. 

Create a character to adventure with in 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. 

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 HERE for more information and introduction to the group.

Bi+ Support Group

Times: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm  

Location: GALA Center 

Description: GALA’s Bi+ Support Group is open to anyone who identifies as or is curious about bisexuality, pansexuality and more. We provide a safe meeting space to discuss issues, ideas, and experiences. All are welcome!

BDSM D/s Discussion Group

Times: Every 2nd Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: GALA Center 

Description: This discussion group is for those in Dominant and submissive relationships to discuss their particular needs. Dominants meet in the Hatler Memorial Library and submissives meet in the front room. 18+

For more information find us HERE.

Art After Dark

Times: First Friday of the month

Location: The GALA Center

Description: GALA participates in Art After Dark with some months having a new show and others more of a social experience. Stop by the Center to see our latest offering and meet the artist!

LGBTQ+ AA/Sunday Evening Rap Group

Times: Every Sunday from 7:00-8:00 pm

Location: GALA Center 

Description: Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of folks from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.

Stand Out Parent Support Group

Times: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:15-7:45 pm

Location: Petra Restaurant, 1210 Higuera St, SLO

Description: Stand Out is a California Central Coast peer group, providing a safe and confidential space, without judgment. We supply support and information for parents and families of LGBTQ+ identified youth, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. We believe in meeting people where they are at and will help you navigate your journey of acceptance. This support group is meeting at the same time as our Trans Youth support group. That way parents can drop their kids off at the GALA Center and then meet with other parents to discuss common issues. The group is open to the parents of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children. 

Website Link

Rainbow Connection (Ages 18-26)

Times:  Every Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: GALA Center 

Description: This group provides a safe space for  LGBTQ+  youth between ages 18 and 26. R Group focuses on life skills and strives to improve the quality of life of its members and of the community. We are a social group, focused on confidentiality, growth, and making supportive connections.

Central Coast Polyamory Potluck

Times: Every 1st Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm 

Location: GALA Center 

Description: This is a social and networking group for people on the Central Coast who are curious about polyamory/ethical non-monogamy, identify as polyamorous, and everything in between. Navigating new relationship structures can be challenging, so this is meant to be an open-minded and supportive community for you to meet other relationship pioneers! 

Central Coast Polyamory Discussion Group

Times:  Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30-9:00 pm 

Location: GALA Center 

Description: A different topic of interest is chosen each month.


Free-For-All Movies

Times: Every 2nd Friday of the month from 6:30-9:00 pm

Location: GALA Center 

Description:  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. 

Free, coffee and popcorn, potluck snacks.

Nosh and chat at 6:30, film at 7pm.

LGBTQ+ 18-35 group and LGBTQ+ Eating Disorder Support Group

Details Coming Soon

Hatler Memorial Library

About the Library

The Hatler Memorial Library contains fiction and non-fiction LGBT books and videos. There are currently over 3000 titles on our shelves.

To visit the library online, just click on the link below. Online use is free to all, no membership or registration required.

To check material out of the library, a library card is required. Members of GALA will receive a library card as part of their membership. Non members may purchase a library card for $5.00.

Library hours are 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Please come in to browse the collection or use the free WiFi. Checkout limits are 8 items, (books or videos), for a period of 3 weeks

For now, Enter the Library and start exploring the collection.

William Tomasini Scholarship

William Tomasini

William Tomasini

Former President

Established in early 2014, The William Tomasini Scholarship honors business and community leader and former GALA President William Tomasini.

The scholarship is designed to help empower promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the many obstacles ahead, and to make a significant and positive impact on their community.

Students who have demonstrated leadership, with a strong record of academic excellence, volunteerism and achievement, and like William, bring beauty into their LGBTQ community, will be considered for this scholarship.

If you wish to contribute to this scholarship fund, please CLICK HERE. 

If you are a youth looking to apply please download the application HERE. *Note: Applications are not currently being accepted.

If you have any questions please contact us with the subject “Tomasini Scholarship”

Events & Groups Calendar

GALA welcomes all individuals regardless of ethnicity, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation and age. Stop by the Center for a cup of tea!

1060 Palm Street | San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone: (805) 541-4252

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