due to covid-19 pandemic services are limited or offered remotely, on appointment basis, or via referral
Programs and Services
Peer Education Program
Share your talents and skills while making a difference. Project Mangåffa’ Peer Education Program addresses the health and social needs of the LGBTQI community. As a peer educator you will teach others about substance abuse, suicide and/or HIV/STD prevention in a community based setting. Peer educators gain valuable employment skills, attend trainings, facilitate workshops, advocate for health/social equity and participate in outreach activities. Being a peer educator is fun, satisfying and personally enriching. Project Mangåffa’ is funded by the Partnership for Success Grant from the Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center.
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Testing Services
We offer FREE and confidential HIV rapid testing. Results are available in 15 minutes. We also offer FREE condoms and lubes to keep you safe. We have five risk reduction specialists from both the LGBTQI and straight ally community. Testings are on an appointment basis. GALA’s HIV Prevention and Testing Program is funded by a grant from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (Maryland) and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, STD Program.
We can help you navigate the health and social service system on Guam. We are partnered with numerous social service agencies (government and non-profit) on island to get you the care you need. In addition we are proud members of the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium, the HIV Planning Group, the Guam Coalition Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, the PEACE Council, the State Epidemiological Operating Workgroup and the Guam Coalition for Peace and Justice. Our referral services include linkages to immunization services offered through the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services; family violence and sexual assault survivor services; access to employment, housing and legal services. Services offered through partner agencies may have eligibility requirements, conditions and costs not covered by GALA.
Over the last five years, we have offered support groups to LGBTQI persons. Support groups are both open and closed groups, co-facilitated by GALA staff or interns. Support groups are topic driven and help to foster a sense of community, especially among those feeling isolated or simply wishing to feel connected with others. Support groups are open to LGBTQI persons over 18, who are asked to submit an intake form.
Creating LGBTQI affirming environments and programs is a goal of GALA. We offer LGBTQI Sensitivity & Cultural Competence Trainings to government, private and other civil society organizations. Workshops can be tailored to fit your agency’s needs and can be done at your location. Trainings are delivered by LGBTQI persons, sharing personals stories and best practices working with the LGBTQI community.
LGBTQI Sensitivity Trainings are intended to help agencies better work with the LGBTQI community and help to transform social service systems and workplaces to be more LGBTQI supportive and affirming.
Social Marketing Campaign
Live Proud Social Marketing Campaign is intended to bring awareness to the health and social challenges impacting the LGBTQI community. Campaigns have focused on HIV/AIDS, stigma and shame, substance abuse, bullying, etc... Over the years, we have produced informational materials, video commercials and other creative products. Join our team by serving as a community panel review member, sharing your stories with us, sharing your talents and image. Live Proud Social Marketing Campaign has been funded by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (Maryland), Department of Public Health and Social Services, Immunization & the Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center.