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Plano and Collin College Candidates Respond to GALA Survey

Bob Shimmin - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Please use the link below to download the responses to the GALA questionnaire from candidates for Plano City Council, Plano ISD, and Collin College Trustee.

Plano and Collin College Candidate Responses

Plano Meet the Candidates Event

Admin User - Monday, March 02, 2015
SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, March 27th, 6:45pm to 8:45pm

GALA) Plano Meet the Candidates Event, co-hosted by the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) will be held.  Come meet the candidates for City Council and School Board.   Find out about how you can help by CLICKING HERE for more information.

Equality Texas Freedom Advocacy Day in Austin

Admin User - Sunday, March 01, 2015
GALA North Texas has chartered a 54-passenger motor coach so North Texans can meet with lawmakers in Austin to talk about how discrimination affects the LGBT Community. 
Advocacy training, transportation from Plano, food and everything you need to attend and participate in this memorable day for just $15.

Freedom Advocacy Day is April 13.  Click Here for more details and tickets

Video about GALA's Mission

Admin User - Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thank yous for a fabulous holiday party!

Jeanne Rubin - Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank you to everyone who hosted, donated, volunteered, purchased silent auction/raffle tickets, and attended the GALA Holiday Celebration! It was a great success and so good to see everyone! Happy Holidays to everyone and we will see you all in the New Year.

Please help us thank and support our generous sponsors:
PAHPA, David Bodenstedt & JMicheal Smith; Stevie Kendall Memorial Music & Arts Festival; The End Zone Sports Bar & Grill; 20/20 Home Inspections; Arpin Amercia Van Lines; Parkway Tavern; Photography by Misty; Texas Premier Realtors; Billy Woodward; North Texas Pride Foundation; Susan Lavigne, Independent Insurance Agent; Kevin & Nancy Geary; Dawnetta Miller & Blue Martinez; Saul Reyes & Mike Argy; GALA Business Network; Jeanne Rubin & Lisa Mashigian; Bob Shimmin & Ramon Ponze; and everyone who donated to the silent auction.

Special thanks to our hosts extraordinaire: David Bodenstedt and JMicheal Smith!





GALA Holiday Party

Admin User - Friday, November 07, 2014

Toyota Employees Meet With GALA North Texas

Admin User - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Over the next 2 years, Toyota will pack up its North American headquarters in California and move to Plano. The relocation will involve up to 4,000 employees and their families. To make the transition easier, the company has planned visits over the next 2 years for employees to check out neighborhoods and schools. The trips are also a chance to address employee concerns, including LGBT issues. So, Toyota asked GALA North Texas to attend a community event in August and President Bob Shimmin and Vice President Jeanne Rubin spoke with company leaders and LGBT employees. They explained the crucial work GALA is doing within North Texas cities and school districts to fight for equality.


Some of the LGBT employees had big concerns about moving to Texas, especially those from California, but also employees from Toyota's Kentucky facility. One mother told Bob and Jeanne that it took a while but she had worked to develop a community and school district that accepted her and her family and she worried about starting that process over again. A feeling many in the LGBT community can understand. But, now because of GALA, Toyota and this event the lines of communication have been open and employees now have GALA as a resource to aid in the transition. It's also good to see a company that ranks as high as Toyota on the HRC equality index, continue to address LGBT issues and we hope city leaders and school districts will follow the company's example.

James E. Lentz
CEO, Toyota North America

There is a simple truth behind our approach to diversity and inclusion: If we want to build great cars and trucks for the way our customers live, Toyota will strive to be a reflection of the America in which we live.”

Latondra Newton
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
 At Toyota, we believe that inclusion cannot be a stand-alone initiative, an isolated department or a page in the employee manual. Fostering diversity is not only the right thing to do—but an integral part of our strategy to stay competitive in the marketplace.”

Another great Party on Lake Lewisville

Bob Shimmin - Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tickets now on sale for the Party on Lake Lewisville

Admin User - Thursday, May 22, 2014


May Elections - Candidate Positions on LGBT Issues

Bob Shimmin - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Candidates for office in Carrollton and Lewisville were asked to complete questionnaires on issues of importance to the LGBT community.   GALA North Texas, and it's predecessor organization the Collin County Gay & Lesbian Alliance (CCGLA) have been surveying candidates for 11 years.  Click on the link to the left to download the candidate responses.