Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA™)


Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach chart of  principles and philosophical valuesModel of the Gender Affirmative Lifespan Apporach highlighting the core components and philosophical values. For more infomation read on. 

Clinically, the Center has developed a set of innovative practices tailored specifically to address issues across the entire lifespan; children, adolescents, young adults, adults and older adults, known as the ‘Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach’ (GALA™). Based in theory and research showing stigma and discrimination contribute to negative health outcomes for transgender and gender diverse people, GALA™ is aimed at countering the internalization of this stigma and improving mental health outcomes by:

  • Gender Literacy: Learning strategies for identifying societal gender “rules” and discerning one’s own beliefs and values.

  • Resiliency: Cultivating adaptive strategies and supportive networks to resist gender-based stigma and discrimination.

  • Beyond the Binary: Recognizing and embracing all possibilities of gender identity, expression, and experience.

  • Pleasure Oriented Positive Sexuality (POPS): Advocating for pleasure-oriented sexuality through sex-positive, gender-affirming scholarship and resources.

  • Connections to Medical Care: Support in accessing competent, affirming care while acknowledging past and present gender-based stigma in medical systems.