Happy National 4/20 Day! Shann Carr has put together the “Great CV Smokeout” at 4:20 PM today and we’ll have it live on our Facebook pages for GayDesertGuide and #ILoveGayPalmSprings. A little comic relief and a little different from the virtual happy hours we’ve been doing. Look for the invite or just tune in. Left: Arenas Road Saturday night.

We’ve had a few other event updates and lots of virtual additions, and those are reflected on our site. We’re also updating Carryout and delivery restaurant lists on a regular basis so check out our Dine & Sip section for the latest LGBTQ friendly places to support! Share this with your friends and thanks for your support of GayDesertGuide.LGBT.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

Virtual DBA Networking Mixer

The Desert Business Association is taking their Networking Mixer to Zoom on Monday, April 20 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Grab a snack and beverage and join them for a few announcements, sharing and announcements from you, and a check-in with those who wish to share. More info

Happy 420 Day Smoke Out with Shann Carr, John Taylor and Brad Fuhr

Comedian Shann Carr and her I Love Gay Palm Springs podcast co-hosts, John Taylor and Brad Fuhr, host a live stoner “smoke-out” on 420 Day, Monday April 20, from 4:20–5:20 p.m. on Facebook Live Zoom. A couple staffers of The Lighthouse Dispensary join us for the “Pot-Politics and Palm Springs Trivia Contest” and for a Lighthouse cannabis delivery! Join us and post you most ridiculous stoner moment stories on the live feed! More info

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 41 and More

Hosts John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr are joined by Dr. Laura Rush for a medical update. Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr and CV Independent editor Jimmy Boegle and communications expert David Perry give us an overview of how small businesses are coping. “Take out shout outs” feature some of our favorite restaurants offering curbside pickup and takeout: PaulBar/Food, Lulu California Bistro and Eight4Nine….and a Coachella Valley Coloring Book? Find out more when you listen to episode 41 of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast!
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If you have a favorite restaurant to be considered for a future Take-Out Shout Out, send us a note at info@gaydesertguide.com or drop us a line on Facebook!

HEADS UP: The next episode of the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast will be Thursday, April 23, including scheduled special guest Darrell Tucci of Desert AIDS Project, to discuss D.A.P.’s COVID-29 response.

Finally, check out the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast team on Matt Skallerud’s #ILoveGay at Home series. John Taylor, Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of Gay Desert Guide chat with Matt about how Palm Springs is coping with this pandemic, and about being hopeful that Palm Springs Pride in November goes on without a hitch.

McCallum 2020-21 Tickets on Sale

The McCallum Theatre announced its new lineup for the 2020-2021 season, on sale as of Monday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m., with an exciting schedule of world-class artistry that has been the Theatre’s hallmark for more than three decades. The new season includes an assortment of McCallum debuts, along with iconic superstars, long-awaited return visits from show business royalty, plus a robust comedy lineup and an impressive array of Broadway’s most cherished, long-running shows. Tickets are available online only at www.McCallumTheatre.com.

Hospitality Workforce Relief Fund

The tourism industry in the Coachella Valley has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and many in the tourism community are facing extreme financial hardship. You can help these families through a donation of any size to the newly created Hospitality Workforce Relief Fund, created by the Greater Palm Springs Tourism Foundation. More info

Virtual Events at The Center

Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? The LGBT Center of the Desert continues to connect people, using the technology of group-meeting platform Zoom, which you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Here’s just a taste of the programs they are hosting:

Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine with Alexis Ortega – Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Chair Yoga with Lynn Simonson – Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesday at 11:00 a.m.

Knit Together with Doug Morris – Monday & Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Games, Friends and Fun with Lorenzo Taylor – 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Trans Peer Support Groups

The Borrego Health Department of Trans Medicine has had to postpone their in-person peer support groups for trans youth and adults, but they will move forward with virtual support meetings on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom until they are able to resume live meetings. Follow our link for meeting times and other participation details: More info

Certified Farmers’ Markets are Open

The Certified Farmers’ Markets in Palm Springs, La Quinta, and Palm Desert have provided a quick list of 5 tips to remember for shopping at the market in these uncertain times. The markets are on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays in PS, LQ, and PD respectively. The same great produce that you love is still available but the way we shop has changed to protect the health and safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow the link for dates, times, and the 5 tips: Learn more

San Diego Pride Canceled

San Diego Pride’s Board of Directors and staff has announced that all in-person gatherings scheduled for July 2020 will not take place as planned, saying “Given the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, large-scale events such as Pride Parades and Festivals are simply not possible and pose too much of a risk to public health and safety.” San Francisco Pride has also been canceled, as well as the San Diego Comic-Con convention.

Palm Springs Art Museum At-Home Activity: Modern Architecture

One of the ways the Palm Springs Art Museum is keeping you connected during this time of shelter-in-place is by presenting activities to do at home, relating to the museum’s history and collection. Their latest activity, “Get Inspired by Modern Architecture,” highlights the work of E. Stewart Williams, the architect of both the Palm Springs Art Museum and the museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion. Learn about the architect and his buildings, and then download line drawings of them created by Danny Heller, which you can color-in and even submit to be shared by the museum. Learn more

Make Sure You are Counted: Census 2020 and CMI LGBTQ+ Survey

If you find yourself bored at home these days, please don’t let it be because you haven’t filled out your responses for the the U.S. Census and the CMI LGBTQ Community Survey. Both are important ways to make sure you are counted, and heard!

U.S Census

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau will attempt to count everyone in the United States on April 1, regardless of their nationality or sexual orientation. The 2020 Census will give people the option to identify a relationship as same-sex. Responses from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) community, a historically undercounted community, will provide reliable data to inform advocates, policymakers, and researchers working on LGBTQ+ issues. Start here

LGBTQ Community Survey

If you haven’t already, please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 14th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey. For over a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities, and organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community. Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. Think of it as the gay census! [Click here] to start the survey