Stonewall Gardens, Palm Springs’ first senior assisted living village for the LGBT community and friends, will host a community Open House on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Sunday, June 28, at 10:00 AM.
Guest speaker Richard Pass will relay his first-hand experience as he witnessed the rebellion and riots, which took place on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The melee is widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.  Audience members will be encouraged to share their own personal reminiscences as well.
A native of England who grew up under the cloud of World War II, Richard explains how his life path brought him to Manhattan that fateful night: “After the war, my parents moved us to Buenos Aires, and then a return to London until New York called me in the late 1960's when I got a job with the British Embassy. On the dreaded night of Judy Garland's funeral, I was having a gay old time in the storied Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.” 
In 2010 Richard and his husband Curt decided to be more than weekenders in Palm Springs and moved to the gay-friendly resort town as full-time residents. He added, “I feel my life in America has come full circle, starting in New York with the shocking and life-changing events at one place called Stonewall, and today I’m involved with this new, positive and supportive place also named Stonewall.”
Refreshments will be served and tours of the community will be available.  Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.  RSVP is requested. 
Executive Director Gary King added “As Stonewall Gardens takes its place in the local community, we plan to schedule many more events like this, and are currently putting together a series of Open House events with a variety of guest speakers that will take the form of an Oral History series.”  Details of the series and its schedule will be announced soon.
Located at 2150 N. Palm Canyon Drive in the burgeoning Uptown neighborhood of Palm Springs, the 24-unit community is operated by Northstar Senior Living, one of the premier providers of senior living in the country.
Stonewall Gardens is not a retirement community, but rather a place where LGBT seniors and their friends can be cared for in a supportive environment that celebrates their life experience. A full-time licensed nurse and 24-hour professional care staff cater to residents’ needs so they can enjoy resort-style living to the fullest, with the dignity and respect that everyone deserves.