We are now in a new era in America – one that comes with many unknowns. How will the LGBT community survive, grow and thrive with a new Trump administration? Will the Obamas winter here permanently? Will our new hotels ever get built? Will Coachella Headliners Beyoncè, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead donate proceeds to Pro-LGBTQ groups?
And then there are the “known knowns”: We in the Greater Palm Springs area are in a bubble — one of the most diverse and LGBT-friendly places on earth. And the next few months will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors looking for an escape – from Winter, from their homophobic habitat and possibly from reality. So, we’ll roll out our red carpet for a season of events and fun while the rest of the world wrestles with winter and shuffles the deck chairs on the proverbial Titanic.
Our community is welcoming, philanthropic, and caring to its core and this month proves it. The Pointer Sisters headline The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards to benefit the many facets of Desert AIDS Project.
D.A.P. is at the forefront of the health care issues affecting not only gay men but now provides a breadth of services to others in need. It also spearheaded the recently-concluded (and highly successful) Get Tested Coachella Valley initiative to reduce HIV infection rates.
Our Mizell Senior Center Gala – Stars Among Us – celebrates the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever. Their work extends to the entire valley through Meals on Wheels and senior programs. There will be a few Oscars viewing parties with worthy beneficiaries. Trio’s version is “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” benefitting the AIDS Assistance Program. The other is “Big Bad Dishy Hollywood Awards Night” at the Mary Pickford Theaters hosted by comedians Shann Carr, Jersey Shore and Max Mitchell.
And one of the most fun evenings happens March 11th as we don our gay apparel for the LGBT Center’s Red Dress/Dress Red Party. (See our Facebook page for my size 14 ruby slippers – Nike style!)
It’s also the month for Modernism Week where we are sponsoring two events. The first is “Modernism With A Twist”, what I would term TedTalks-meets-Travelogue. GayDesertGuide.LGBT is also holding an open house in the 300 block of North Palm Canyon with some of the galleries, restaurants and shops that fall between downtown and Uptown. Free food and drink too!
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