Support Groups

Support Groups

Trans Central Coast North County Support Group

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

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.  

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GALA “Q” Youth (Ages 12-18)

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

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

Description: Q Youth is a weekly group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-19 with a different activity each week!

1st week of the month: Exploring personal, cultural, and social identity | 2nd week of the month: Movie Night | 3rd week of the month: Discussions with LGBTQ+ guests, exploring important issues for LGBTQ youth | 4th week of the month: Community service projects | 5th week of the month: LGBTQ+ career spotlights

Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 892 2583 7419 | Passcode: GayAgenda


SLO ACCEPTance Project

The SLO ACCEPTance Project was created to train mental health professionals to provide queer and trans-affirming services for San Luis Obispo County community members. The following mental health professionals participated in a 9-month intensive training program to develop their cultural competency & humility.

We do not officially endorse any of the following professionals as affirming clinicians but do recognize their participation in the SLO ACCEPTance Project. We encourage you to talk to a few therapists, ask questions, and ask how they provide queer and trans-affirming therapy to see if it might be a good fit. Visit the website by visiting the link below.


Trans* Tuesday


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

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

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! Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link!

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Gala Pride and Diversity Center - Senior Advocacy

Times: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 4:30-6:30 pm

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

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 Pride and Diversity Center is currently seeking additional facilitators for the Senior Social. Send a note HERE if interested.

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Meeting ID: 894 3665 1882 | Passcode: GayIsGood | One tap mobile +16699006833,,89436651882#,,,,*876711839#


Trans* Youth Support Group

Times: Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 5:00pm-7:00pm  ON HIATUS

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity 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.

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Central Coast Polyamory Potluck

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

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

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!

Contact [email protected] for more details!

SLO Lez B Friends

Times: Every 3rd Friday of the month from 6:30-9:00 pm Click here to sign up for meeting updates!

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

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 and BDSM D/s Discussion Group

Times: 3rd Sunday of each month 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

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

BDSM Discussion Group:

Times: 2nd Sunday of each month 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

Description: This discussion group explores a different facet of BDSM each month. Participants must first attend the BDSM 101. 

For more information find us HERE.

Queer and Kinky Munch

Times: On Hiatus  

Location: Pending

Description: The Central Coast Kink Community Group holds several events each month around the county.  This social gathering around food, hosted by Gala Pride and Diversity Center 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 ON HIATUS

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity 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.

Stand Out Parent Support Group

For more information about meetings send a note to [email protected]


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 Pride and Diversity 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.


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LGBTQ+ AA/Sunday Evening Rap Group

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

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

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.

Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link!

Free-For-All Movies

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

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity 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.

FED Eating Disorder Group

Times: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 pm

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

Description: 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. 

Walt Whitman Gay Men’s Book Club

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

Location: Gala Pride and Diversity Center / Zoom

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! Contact [email protected] to get the Zoom link!


Events & Groups Calendar

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

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Phone: (805) 541-4252


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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.