Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
Gala is a centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) culture and education in South Africa.
Their mission is, first and foremost, to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTIQ people.
In recent years, Gala has also strengthened its commitment in areas such as education and movement-building.
Through different areas of work, Gala makes an important contribution to the achievement and development of the human rights of LGBTIQ people on the continent, and to social justice more broadly.
Gala was formed in 1997 to address the erasure and omission of LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) stories and experiences from public institutions such as official archives in (South) Africa. Originally named the Gay and Lesbian Archives (GALA), the aim was to collect and preserve local LGBTIQ narratives, both public and private. In 2007 the name of the organisation was changed to Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action, while retaining the GALA Acronym. This was done so as to address the expanding range of activities Gala had initiated or got involved with, to create dialogue on sexual orientation and gender identity, educate the public, build community among LGBTIQ people, and to inspire action. Now, in 2018, in the celebration of Gala’s 20 years of existence, the name is once again being re-evaluated in order to address the exclusion of other queer identities and orientations in the name.See more