Since 1989, when David Acosta founded GALAEI in response to the AIDS epidemic decimating Philadelphia’s queer Latino communities, we have been providing HIV-prevention services to this historically marginalized population. GALAEI is the only organization in Pennsylvania to target services to this population, a community underserved by health organizations due to language, social, and cultural barriers.

Each year, we present the DARLA to recognize an individual who shows leadership and works to improve the community in ways that align with the mission of GALAEI. This includes advancing nuestra familia (our family) through economic and leadership development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing.

Join us on May 9th as we give out the DARLA! Purchase tickets HERE.


GALAEI: A queer Latin@ social justice organization

GALAEI is a queer Latin@ social justice organization. Queer acknowledges and represents the mosaic of sexual and gender identities within our communities. Latin@ represents the multiracial, multicultural experience of Latinidad.  GALAEI embodies the common history of resistance and resilience of Latin@ and queer people. We are unwavering in our commitment to the advancement de nuestra familia through  leadership and economic development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing.

Read more about our services & programs. If you want to volunteer with us, click here.


1207 Chestnut St. 5th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107 Phone: (215) 851-1822 Toll Free: 1-(866) 222-3871 info@galaei.org

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