This Week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: Coming off a busy weekend of White Party and Dining Out For Life, we have: Freedom to Marry, Palm Springs Community Forum, Transgender Care & HIV, Films at Sunnylands, and looking ahead to Cinco de Mayo and Evening Under the Stars, plus a couple of items of local interest for next week. Read on!
 


White Party: What a Weekend!

The 2018 White Party brought great energy, music, and thousands of sexy men to Palm Springs this past weekend to take in the pool parties, after-hours parties, and a Sunday Circus T-Dance featuring the goddess of pop, Kylie Minogue. Perfect temps and warm breezes greeted those who came to dance day into night, and the party finished with a festive fireworks display. Check out our story and photos on Instagram @gaydesertguide


Dining Out For Life Made One Meal (Or More!) Matter

Thank you to all the patrons of more than 70 generous restaurants across the Coachella Valley who ‘Made One Meal Matter’ on Thursday, April 26 when they participated in Dining Out for Life 2018 supporting Desert AIDS Project. Whether breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream or drinks, patrons were out in force to support a great cause while enjoying the Coachella Valley's finest. Donations can still be made to the Dining Out For Life campaign at https://www.desertaidsproject.org/dofldonate/
 

For more celebration of the finest culinary offerings in the Coachella Valley, mark your calendars now for Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week: June 1–17, 2018. More info


"Freedom to Marry" at College of the Desert

On Tuesday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m., College of the Desert students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a free showing of “The Freedom to Marry” and discussion about the struggle for marriage equality in the United States. Local LGBTQAI+ serving organizations will be present for an information fair before the film. Light snacks, refreshments will be served. More info


Second Palm Springs Community Forum

Back by popular demand, the City of Palm Springs invites everyone with an interest in the affairs of our City to a second Community Forum on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.,  hosted by Council members Geoff Kors and J.R. Roberts. The event will be conducted more as a “community conversation” so that issues of importance can be discussed in a less formal atmosphere than a typical Council meeting. More info


Transgender Care & HIV

On Thursday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m., the Empowerment Committee of the Inland Empire HIV Planning Council presents Transgender Care and HIV: a Community Conversation, one in a series of Town Halls to discuss the health disparities related to HIV/AIDS within diverse communities of people living with HIV and AIDS in the Riverside/San Bernardino County Region. More info


Films on the Great Lawn at Sunnylands

Sunnylands’ popular (and free) Films on the Great Lawn series resumes in May with three classic fairy tale adventure films, starting with The Princess Bride on Friday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. (gates open at 7:30). Labyrinth and The NeverEnding Story will be shown on May 11 and 18, respectively. More info


Cinco de Mayo

This coming Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, and if you're looking for a great place to celebrate Mexican-American culture, be sure to check out our Gay Desert Guide Dine & Sip Channel for the best LGBT-friendly restaurants, including our featured favorite, Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

 


Evening Under the Stars This Saturday

Evening Under the Stars 2018 is this coming Saturday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. The premier fundraiser for AAP Food Samaritans celebrates its 25th Anniversary at the O’Donnell Golf Club, literally under the stars. A short awards program will recognize a few inspirational honorees, followed by a

delicious dinner, and a performance by the incomparable Gladys Knight. If you missed it in our newsletter, check out this classic performance of "Midnight Train to Georgia" from the wayback machine. Get tickets


CVRep Ground-Breaking Fundraising Celebration

On Monday, May 7, Coachella Valley Repertory is officially celebrating the "groundbreaking" of their new home with a very special celebration. This outdoor party, at their new home in the former IMAX theatre in Cathedral City, will feature champagne, wine, small bites, entertainment by Keisha D and a 3-piece band, with exciting auction items all to raise funds to support CVRep. VIP Admission starts at 5:30 p.m., General at 6:00 p.m. – More info


DBA 2018 Business and Community Awards Dinner

Join The Desert Business Association  as they honor the recipients of the 2018 DBA Business and Community Service Awards on Monday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. Awardees include Business Person of the Year: (Our Very Own) Brad Fuhr of Gay Desert Guide! Also: Business of the Year: Renova Energy; Outstanding Community Service Organization: Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; Outstanding Community Service Leader: Barbara Carpenter, The L-Fund; and The Legacy Award: Linda Stevens. Get tickets