Education in our communities

Time to THRIVE Conference

Admin User - Friday, February 05, 2016

The 3rd annual Time to THRIVE Conference will take place February 12th through 14th near Dallas, Texas, and our very own Jamie Jones will be in attendance to represent GALA Youth. The conference is a joining of forces between The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Education Association, and the American Counseling Association in their continuing attempt to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.

Although progress is continuously being made, the daily realities that our LGBTQ youth face include being bullied by peers, rejected by family, and fearing for their safety. The conference engages and enlightens adult professionals who work with LGBTQ youth to the many challenges these youth face every day. In its 3rd year, the Time to THRIVE conference works to provide information, education, cultural competency, and the latest and best practices from leading experts and national organizations in the field the resources to contribute to, encourage and support the safety and success of our youth. The conference welcomes educators, mental health providers, pediatricians, religious leaders, recreational athletic coaches, youth development staff, and others interested in the effort to provide our LGBTQ the safe, successful, happy futures they deserve.

In her own words Jamie is excited for “the opportunity to attend and to learn more about the latest best practices for advocating for and with youths. I am equally excited to have the opportunity to share the information with everyone!” Jamie will inform those of us following the conference, but not able to attend, of the event hashtag and will make every effort to tweet session highlights so those of us at home can follow the conference in real-time.

GALA January Blog

Jeanne Rubin - Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Although we are halfway through the month of January (already!) it is never too late to remind people of the many great GALA events that will be happening throughout the year of 2016. In fact, the year has already gotten off to a great start. GALA has already had meetings with the Plano City staff to follow up on ERO; they have met with Frisco Police to talk about ways we can support each other and share resources regarding Diversity; and have planned an LGBT Retirement Planning Workshop* given by Prudential Financial for LGBT couples and individuals regarding long-term-care coverage, annuities that provide guaranteed monthly income for life, what you should do with a 401K from a prior employer, and more. We don’t let any grass grow under our feet!

Still to come this month is the GALA Third Thursday Happy Hour and the Fourth Tuesday at Durkin’s Pizza:

Third Thursday Happy Hours: The GALA Third Thursday Happy Hours are a meet and greet held in a variety of venues in the North Texas area. This coming Thursday’s happy hour is being held at one of our favorite neighborhood bars, the End Zone, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm featuring drink specials and a beautiful spread of appetizers. The End Zone always does it up right! So come join us at 3033 W. Parker Rd., Plano TX 75023 this coming Thursday.

Durkin’s Pizza: Every fourth Tuesday of the month, come enjoy yourself with friends and family for a great cause: the GALA Youth First Fundraiser. Enjoy delicious pizza, drinks, and rock-n-roll at Durkin’s Pizza located at 8930 State Highway, 121 Suite 594, McKinney, TX. A community tradition to raise funds for the LGBTQA youth in North Texas, it is being held Tuesday, January 26th at 5pm.

Look out for so much more throughout the year including: Meet the Candidate Events coming in April, Voters Guides for both Municipal elections and statewide races, an educational event on aging, and the popular Party On Lake Lewisville this summer,!

*February 11 at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton. It is a free event open to all. Register on this page.


LGBT & Allies Retirement Planning Workshop

Admin User - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Thursday, February 11 

GALA presents a free workshop by Prudential Financial for LGBT couples and individuals. Answers to your questions about long-term care coverage; annuities that provide guaranteed monthly income for life; what to do with a 401K from a prior employer; and more.

Get the info you need to plan for your future.


                     Event Location

Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church - Fellowship Hall
1641 Hebron Pkwy W, Carrollton, TX 75010
1 block north of Hwy 121 Sam Rayburn Tollway on Hebron (map)



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Bob Shimmin - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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​A Very GAY-LA Christmas!

Admin User - Tuesday, December 22, 2015


For those of you who weren’t able to make the GALA Christmas party this year, it was one of the biggest and best on record. This was the first year that the festivities took place at a venue that wasn’t a private residence. Growing in popularity and attendance the party was had at Noah’s Event Center located in Plano, Texas. The place was decorated in GALA holiday style. Tickets covered food catered by Texas Chef Foods (and boy was there plenty!), an open bar, and a variety of desserts. Silent Auction Donations filled two hall length tables and overflowed into other rooms as well. It is always a great time perusing the varied, unique, and eclectic donations that ranged this year from books donated by a few of our local authors, to paintings from local artists, massage therapy sessions, sports-related gift baskets, movies, music, and more. And for those patrons that enjoy games, Noah’s featured a shuffleboard and pool table, as well.
What’s Special to GALA?
 What’s special to GALA, you ask? Why our people of course! Without GALA volunteers none of the fabulous events would be nearly as fun-filled, successful, or rewarding. Speaking of rewards there were some special awards given, too. Volunteer appreciation awards were given to Faith Mauk for her special party planning and decorative skills and more, Susan Lavigne for her many years of selfless dedication, and last, but definitely not least, Bob Shimmin was awarded a special plaque for outgoing president. Thanks Bob, Faith, Susan, and all our volunteers for all you do to make GALA a success.