From their website: GALA is the custodian of over 200 organisational and personal archival collections dating back to the 1940s, with archival responsibilities that include the safe storage of historical documents and objects and ensuring that this material is accessible to the public. GALA also actively adds to the archive by collecting historical material to add to existing collections, or starting new collections by recording contemporary experiences.

In addition to their ongoing archival programme, GALA supports research, publishes, operates a community library, facilitates educational workshops and hosts exhibitions. GALA publishes under their imprint, MaThoko’s Books, a rare publishing outlet for LGBTIQ writing and scholarly works on LGBTIQ-related themes in Africa.

GALA incorporates the archive into educational programming aimed at broadening perspectives around gender and sexual diversity. Complimenting this includes developing resources, furthering our internship and training programmes aimed at capacity building for queer youth, and collaborating with civil society organisations on programmes that focus on cross cutting issues.

Location: South Africa

Founded: 1997

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