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  • image1 Since 1979 the GAYLA Conference was established at Ferry Beach as one of the earliest communities of gay brotherhood.
  • image2 The spirit of GAYLA brotherhood continues to be a very important personal touchstone in the growth of all the men who have attended.
  • image3 We come to the beach to rekindle friendships, renew our gay spirituality, find love, and experience the brotherhood.

In 1979, the GAYLA Conference was established at Ferry Beach as one of the earliest communities of gay brotherhood in the United States. During the annual conference, GAYLA will celebrates with approximately 100 diverse gay and bisexual men, as they reunite in GAYLA’s intentional community. Over the years hundreds of men from Maine to Texas, Florida to Canada, and from Scotland to Hong Kong have come to the Beach to rekindle friendships, renew their gay spirituality, find love, and experience the re-creation of a community of purpose and brotherhood. For over thirty years, the spirit of GAYLA brotherhood has continued to be a very important personal touchstone in the growth of all the men who have attended.

Sustaining the spirit of this far-flung brotherhood developed during GAYLA week throughout the year has also become very important to GAYLA brothers. The brothers sustain their spirit by organizing periodic winter reunions, area social events and pot-lucks; publishing a newsletter; and establishing a virtual network through email, Facebook and a GAYLA brothers-only online group.

Students and others who desire confidential, needs-based "Helping Hands" financial assistance are invited to contact the GAYLA Treasurer.

Come to Ferry Beach to experience and celebrate the spirit of brotherhood with us!