GALA Pride and Diversity Center

Pride is held each year by LGBTQ+ communities the world over to celebrate accomplishments towards gaining civil rights and push for more rights until achieving equity. The first Central Coast Pride was organized in 1997, over the years, Central Coast Pride has grown from a few hundred attendees to one of San Luis Obispo's largest community events. Community volunteers spend months planning various events aimed to educate, entertain, and celebrate. In 2021, Central Coast Pride will be celebrating 25 Years, and look back on the accomplishments of activism, work towards inclusivity and equality, and look forward to celebrating PRIDE for years to come. 

Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests Michelle Call, Executive Director of the Gala Pride and Diversity Center, Ila Moncrief, California State University Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, Intern at the Pride Center and Pride committee chair, and  Dusty Colyer-Worth, San Luis Obispo (SLO) Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair City of SLO Human Relations Commission.

They will talk with us about the history of Pride, share with us details about upcoming Central Coast Pride month activities, as well as talk with us about continuing work to lift up our LGBTQ+ community and how we can assist with these efforts.

Issues & Ideas: Alzheimer's research, farmworker vaccinations and expanding inclusion

Feb 2, 2021

50 agricultural workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine at their workplace in Fresno, which advocates say is the best way to ensure all farmworkers get vaccinated. Governor Gavin Newsom has had mixed success modernizing state bureaucracy in the last two years. You’ll hear from a UCSB neuroscientist about a research project aimed at understanding Alzheimer's. Also, we’ll get an update from Michelle Call of GALA Pride and Diversity Center on the ways the organization has become more inclusive. And finally, you’ll get a closer look at the work being done at SLO’s Transitions Mental Health Association.

Issues & Ideas: Flying at SBP, job losses for undocumented workers and GALA pride

Jun 26, 2020

On this episdoe of Issues & Ideas, San Luis Obispo author Nicholas Belardes talks about growing up in Bakersfield and going to a high school steeped in Confederate symbolism. A new report from UC Merced shows undocumented workers have been hit hard when it comes to job loss during the pandemic, especially women in non-essential jobs. SLO County Regional Airport director Kevin Bumen discusses the current protocol of transiting through the airport, in-flight COVID-19 precautions and the state of the airline industry as people are beginning to think about traveling again. Michelle Call of  the Central Coast's Gay and Lesbian Alliance, or GALA, gives us an update on local happenings during Pride Month. And finally, we learn how sea otters may be keeping our estuaries’ underwater plants healthy.

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While the Trump Administration has worked to dismantle protections for transgender people, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1964—which bans discrimination in employment on the basis of characteristics like race, religion and national origin—extends to sexual orientation and gender identity.