For the first edition of GALA Time of the year, the GALA team considers the new year and the necessity of adapting with changing times and spaces. Themed around change, growth and transformation, we wish to reflect on the rising hope of new beginnings for 2021. Our Programmes Coordinator speaks about the shift in educational methodology, from a didactic approach to SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sexual Characteristics) facilitation toward storytelling on online platforms. This edition’s Featured Fam is Peace (Lungile Peaceworth Maquba) who introduces us to Intersexions, their young organisation focussed on fighting for the visibility of intersex people. Our Archives Coordinator uncovers the mysterious origins of the GALA Library. Anzio Jacobs returns this year to bring a new, digital version of the Youth Forum, while our resident young person, and GALA Intern, Wenzile Thwala, considers the different selves we present to the world.