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The Pride Center hosts or partners to host various affinity groups for community members to meet and discuss various topics and issues that affect queer and trans student life here at Cal Poly.  With the shift to virtual services for Spring 2020 due to COVID-19, we have scaled back some of our offerings.

NOTICE:  With all virtual services, the Cross Cultural Centers cannot ensure the privacy of the affinity groups.  We are exploring other options for privacy concerns but proceed with caution.  


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Q Chat Space

Q Chat Space online discussion groups give you a dedicated space to come together with other youth and discuss topics relevant to your identities and experiences - it’s just online! It is not a forum. It is live and chat-based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.

Go to to check it out and see what groups are available this week.

Want to see what Q Chat Space looks like in action? Check out this video!


When you join an online discussion group, a facilitator will greet you when you arrive. There will be some time to informally meet others who are joining the discussion. After introductions and a review of group agreements, there will be open discussion on a designated topic. You are free to share as much or as little as you like. At the end, there will be a closing and some time to chat more informally.

Here are some local things for the rest of this week:

How are you doing this week as we shelter at home? We want you to know that though we have to be physically isolated, social connection is vital. The Gala Pride and Diversity Center is here for you, no matter where you are located! 

If you want to talk to someone, plan an online gathering, or connect to LGBTQ+ resources, send a note to or leave a message at (805) 541-4252 and we will return your call. We can also set you up with a buddy who will chat with you, check in, and can run errands etc. while we are sheltering at home!

Our office is currently closed and groups will not be meeting at the Center, however there are lots of local resources, online meetings, and entertainment! Check out this guide to LGBTQ+ content online: Online LGBTQ+ content has been set up for those in need to get connected with those who can provide services. 

Other online LGBTQ+ Resources include the Trevor Project: and the YMCA has some great online workouts: YMCA YouTube LGBTQ+ Alcoholics Anonymous Chat: 

Updated 3/23/2020

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