Founded in 1978, GFBLA is the second oldest LGBTQ+ band in the world. Originally named the Great American Yankee (G.A.Y.) Freedom Band of Los Angeles, our group was created to promote visibility of the LGBT community and to provide entertainment at pride celebrations. GFBLA was one of the original eight gay bands that founded the Pride Bands Alliance

The scope of the band has since expanded, focusing now on providing a positive environment for everybody, enriching the community through music, and setting an example of acceptance and camaraderie among all people.

Our History

Throughout its forty years, GFBLA has witnessed many of the important milestones in gay history. Drawing from the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic and the battles for marriage equality and transgender rights, our musicians bring a deep well of experience to all of our performances.

Our Mission

The Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles promotes acceptance and celebrates diversity by bringing together musicians from across Southern California for performance and educational opportunities that embrace equality, inclusion, and the love of music.

Our Vision

Every person has the opportunity to contribute and express themselves musically while shaping the future of GFBLA by preserving our heritage, embracing positive social change, and sharing our talents, artistic excellence, and love of music with others.

Our Core Values

GFBLA actively promotes a core set of values that represent the diverse culture of the organization. Whenever members of the organization, artistic leadership team, or the board of directors take action or make decisions on behalf of GFBLA, such actions and decisions must not be contrary to these goals and values.