Animals, like humans, generally prefer the company of one another. Whether it serves the purpose of protection for survival or just another helping hand to pass the gravy boat, grouping is a natural social phenomenon. The concept of creating a herd of one’s own can be found amongst all sorts of odd assemblage. One could combine a “soup slurper”, “middle-of-the- tube toothpaste squeezer”, “legally dead until after the first cup of coffee drinker” and “reverse toilet paper dispenser” and still manage to call themselves by their proper title: Family.
Getting family to all agree on the same activity is comparable to catching Uranium molecules in a butterfly net; but that was just the sort of conundrum that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) of the Central Coast, was up against. There are many unique get-togethers that cater to the well being of a particular sub-culture: Q Youth, Lez Mingle, Tranz Central Coast, Central Coast Men’s Dinner Club, and Senior Advocacy to name a few. The discovery was that there was not a gathering that encouraged groups to connect with each other on a monthly basis. In May 2012, GALA decided there was a significant need for all inclusive family events that everyone could enjoy, and “Family Days” were born!
It started out small: A day walk on the Bob Jones Trail to Avila, ending in a brown bag lunch at Avila Beach. Seven hearty souls braved the foggy morning making new introductions in the spirit of camaraderie, and made a day of it.
Each month GALA Family Events encompass activities that fit the broadest spectrum of budgets and are geared towards all age ranges. Events may include: drive-in movies, brown bag lunches, roller-skating, story time with milk and cookies, and water parks. Family Events are open to all families, gay or straight. This serves the community in two ways: first to build bridges with straight allies, and second to acknowledge the support of family members in their own families who, through no fault of their own, were born straight.
The next GALA Family Event will be held at the Central Coast Sports Arena on March 2nd, for a night of Roller Skating! This is the second time this event has been held and it has been a great success. Skate rentals are available, but bringing in rollerblades or quad skates of your own will save $2.00. Skate times are from 4-6 pm. The calendar, listing all Family Events can be viewed at www.ccgala.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are enough divisions, separations, lines drawn in the sand that partition one another from their own humanity. Making time to reach out past current comfort zones may well bring about new friendships and possibly expanding the family circle. Soup Slurpers and Toothpaste Squeezers unite!