GALA holds open house to mark 20-year anniversary

newsroom@thetribunenews.comFebruary 11, 2014 

Pride in the Plaza

GALA sponsors Pride in the Plaza, which features live entertainment and informational and food booths. The band The Small Kicks plays on the main stage in July 2013.


The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast celebrates 20 years of incorporation Tuesday with an open house.

In those two decades, the organization has expanded the services it offers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents of San Luis Obispo County and upgraded its headquarters from a Osos Street office space to its current Palm Street community center.

The nonprofit organization serves more than 1,000 community members each year, providing support groups and social gatherings such as beach parties and picnics.

GALA also hosts Central Coast Pride, an annual gay pride festival that includes concerts, film screenings and the popular Pride in the Plaza event.

On Tuesday, GALA plans to announce the creation of a new scholarship named after former GALA president William “Bill” Tomasini. The William Tomasini Memorial Youth Scholarship will help further the education of local queer youth, the organization said.

GALA will hold an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the GALA Community Center, 1060 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo. The celebration continues at Luna Red restaurant, 1023 Chorro St. in San Luis Obispo, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 541-4252 or visit

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