Who We Are & What We Do

GALAS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit based in Los Angeles, providing resources and programming for the LGBTQ+ Armenian community, and beyond.

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History

Since 1998, GALAS has been the leading voice in advancing equality for LGBTQ+ Armenians worldwide. GALAS was formed in Los Angeles by a group of LGBTQ+ Armenians who were looking for friendship, support, and a sense of belonging within the community.

Mission

The mission of GALAS is to  (1) foster a safe and supportive network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people of Armenian descent;  (2) promote their personal empowerment within their communities; and  (3) build bridges between the LGBTQ+ and Armenian communities and among all allied and intersectional communities.

With a local Los Angeles footprint and a global reach, GALAS serves Armenians across the nationwide and worldwide
diaspora as well as in Armenia.

24 years

of serving the community

250+ events

over the years

1,500+

constituents and growing!

Our Team

GALAS operates with a small but mighty group of volunteer Board of Directors and event volunteers.

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Erik Adamian

Board President
He/Him

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Natalia Sookias

Board Member

She/Her

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Shant Jaltorossian

Board Member

He/Him

Marina Terteryan

Board Member

She/Her