GALA Center

Monday, June 26, 2017
9:15 am to Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:00 pm
GALA Center
1060 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo
, CA
805-503-0805

I’m an older person and have been a participant at GALA, San Luis Obispo, on and off, since 1995. Back then, many Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people were afraid to be open about their true identities. Many hid from their families, friends, churches, and employers in fear of rejection or worse.  Many had suffered emotional, if not also physical, harm because we were members or supportive of the LGBTQ community.  GALA, San Luis Obispo, offered us a place to be. To be real. To be free. To be authentic. To be safe. In many cases GALA offered us a place to be connected and, in some case, be partnered.  Years have passed however the benefits GALA offers are still in place today.  GALA is a safe, welcoming, place of community, where we all can just be.

Labels really don’t serve us well, maybe they never did.  For sure the LGBTQ acronym does not reflect our dear allies, evolving straight friends, the evolving community of faith, the evolving love of family, friends, and peaceful, respectful people from all cultures.

An art exhibit opened in June at GALA entitled, “Proud to Be…” and continues through August 17. It represents great diversity in mediums, styles of expression, and in the artists themselves. It represents our ongoing evolvement into a kinder and gentler community. GALA brings people together. Please enjoy this exhibit and just be.

Ethel “Tink” Landers

GALA Volunteer Art Curator

San Luis Obispo

Bree Turner
by David Russco
by Julie Fish
by Nixson Borah
by Lynn Matheney
Bree Turner
Bree Turner
by David Russco
by David Russco
by Julie Fish
by Julie Fish
by Nixson Borah
by Nixson Borah
by Lynn Matheney
by Lynn Matheney