Brad Fuhr Mask
Brad Fuhr Sporting his new Mask

We’re waking up to new restrictions for the Coachella Valley and what will be a difficult week as the COVID-19 virus continues to take its toll on the world.

 See the details below.  Good news?  It’s going to rain (and snow in the mountains) till Thursday.  That’ll keep us inside!  

In addition, we’re now restricted for use of trails and parks: “Parking lots at all parks and/or trails shall be closed and shall be accessible only by members of the public within walking distance of the parks and/or trails. Said parks and/or trails shall be used solely for walking, hiking, equestrian or bicycle riding. The public shall not congregate or participate in group sporting activities at such parks and/or trails.”

Keep up with our #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast, virtual activities and support groups and a download of our latest calendar of events below.  

 


The number of COVID-19 cases is rising rapidly in Riverside County, and County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser has now ordered that no gatherings of any number of people may take place outside of family members residing in the same home. Dr. Kaiser also ordered everyone to wear a face covering when leaving home, including essential workers. Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes. Residents should not purchase N95 or surgical masks, as these limited resources are needed for the healthcare community and first responders.

Read much more in the extensive FAQ from Riverside University Health System:
COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions Concerning State and Local Orders

For the latest, please visit the Riverside County Coronavirus resource page at:
https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus


Revised 2020-2021 Gay Desert Guide Events Calendar Now Available

This has been an unprecedented season of rescheduling major events, and we are keeping on top of the changes for you! Check out our handy Calendar of Events for 2020-21 below. You can also download it for safekeeping or printout [here].

And don’t forget, just because we are staying home, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on! We are putting a lot of “virtual gathering” events on our events calendar now, including live performances, support groups, arts tours, drag bingo, and many other ways to occupy our time. Stay up to date with our day-to-day Events Calendar [here].


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast Episode 39

Shelter in place with hosts John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr as they chat with friends: Dr. Laura Rush, Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr, CV Independent Editor in Chief Jimmy Boegle, Author Daniel Vaillancourt and Bodybuilder Mask Maker Clay Sales about medical issues, volunteer response, what it’s like to be exposed to COVID-19 and to wait for test results and community resources available to help you cope with Coronavirus in #ILoveGayPalmSprings. Listen now

Virtual Hugs from The Center

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert has launched a Virtual Hugs Initiative, because staying physically distant from others is difficult, and it’s important to let people know that you care. You can do so safely and virtually with these sassy shirts and caps. Send as gifts, wear them for social media posts, or use them to wave and send “air hugs” from a distance to your friends and neighbors.  Proceeds benefit The Center, whose mission is creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way. More info

 


Small Business Webinar Regarding Small Business Loans

Last week, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the City of Palm Springs presented a Town Hall Session, along with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce regarding business resources for responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The recording is available to watch now, on YouTube, [here].


Vibrant Virtual Gatherings at The Center

Are you self-isolating or sheltering in place and need Connection? Join The LGBT Center of the Desert for their virtual gathering Zoom meetings and stay connected with your community. Gatherings include:

Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine hosted by Alexis Ortega on Monday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m.

Knit Together hosted by Doug Morris on Monday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Seated Wellness/Chair Yoga, hosted by Lynn Simonson on Tuesday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Managing Emotions During a Pandemic, hosted by Jill Hingston, PhD on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout, hosted by Miguel Navarro on Wednesday, April 8 at  3:00 p.m.

Make sure you have downloaded Zoom and visit our listing for More info


Visit Greater Palm Springs Virtually

The culinary experiences of Greater Palm Springs are the focus of the DineGPS and CraftGPS Video Series , from Visit Greater Palm Springs. While we can’t travel physically, we can virtually explore behind-the-scenes of the top kitchens in the area: meet a local sushi master and restaurateur. Get a front seat at a speakeasy-style chef’s table. Dine with a view on top of Mount San Jacinto, do your homework and be ready for when it’s time to open up again! Learn more

Another way to “Find Your Videoasis” is to binge-watch the Wander List and Chill Chaser video series, which feature the activities and destinations that make Greater Palm Springs a one-of-a-kind adventure. Check it out


Virtual (Not IRL) Squad Series

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is a global community of over 50,000 LGBTQ women (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) and gender nonconforming people in tech, and their (Not IRL) Squad Series features virtual hangouts on healthy, fun, and informational topics, like these upcoming events:

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 7 :: Community Yoga with Alex Rodriguez ️ (RSVP)
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 :: My Money, My Future with Ramona Ortega (RSVP coming soon!) During this time of financial uncertainty, learn best practices for managing your money.
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 10 :: Country Line Dancing with Bryn Ossa  (RSVP)

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