Now, one Dallas charity is honoring his memory in a special way. On Monday, Dallas Hope Charities announced that a new transitional home for LGBTQ+ youth will be named in Gale’s honor.
Back in August, the music world was shocked to learn about the sudden passing of Gale. Before funeral arrangements were made, Power Trip asked that all flowers and donations be sent to Dallas Hope Charities.
— POWER TRIP (@powertriptx) August 26, 2020
The nonprofit’s CEO Evie Scrivner says the charity received an unexpected outpouring of support from the metal community.
“We had no idea what that would result in, but the metal, thrasher community is like the most giving, generous, connected — it’s crazy just the people that have come together,” she tells the Dallas Observer.
According to Scrivner, it was Gale’s legacy that helped fast-track the charity’s ability to purchase a new property.
“In his living life, he was excited about being a part of that,” she says.
Now, thanks to the help of Power Trip and the metal community, Dallas Hope Charities is opening a new LGBTQ+ youth home which will be named after Gale. The charity’s transitional home, Dallas Hope Center, was first launched in 2018. Its new residence for Dallas LGBTQ+ youth will accommodate eight people from ages 18 – 24. The charity is preparing to hold a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 1.
Dallas Hope Charities’ relationship with Power Trip began long before Gale’s death this summer. Back in January 2020, Gale began donating a portion of ticket sales to the nonprofit. As well, he consistently posted about the charity on social media and even invited them to do outreach at Power Trip shows.
Gale was also very vocal about his support for social justice efforts. Back in June, the frontman told the Observer that Power Trip raised over $4,000 for Dallas Hope Charities earlier in the year.
Following his passing in August, Dallas Hope Charities named a library after Gale. According to Pitchfork, Gale’s family donated many of his books to the library which will have their own dedicated space.
“Not everybody heals the same way, so we want to make sure we have every option, and that’s what the Riley Gale Library will help people [with],” Scrivner says. “If that’s their outlet, if that is something that brings them calm to their anxiety and lets them have that quiet time and that space, that’ll be there for them.”
Power Trip’s Blake Ibanez says that Gale was always passionate about giving back to charity and the community. Ultimately, he would be proud to have an LGBTQ+ youth center named after him.
“I definitely think that this is what he would have wanted,” Ibanez says. “It’s a couple of great ways to memorialize him. I think he saw that as a big benefit to who he was, was being able to create things like that. Not everybody can just be a part of something — whether it’s a band or whatever — and be able to raise money on a dime for people that need it. Those groups of people that need that type of help.”
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