We were just made aware of a new campaign for takeout and delivery: The #12DaysofTakeOut
Launched by a group of California small business owners and small business stakeholders, this campaign will help bring holiday cheer to our local eateries, bistros, bars and to-go mainstays by supporting them through this difficult time. From now till Dec. 23, order takeout and take a photo to share on social media with the hashtags: #12DaysofTakeOut #ILoveGayPalmSprings #ILoveGayCatCity Our restaurants need every order they can get!
And hang tough! The vaccine is on the way. So is a new president: We’ve added a countdown clock on our NEWS page so you’ll know exactly how long till until Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in.
As our shortest day of the year approaches, it’s a challenge to stay up past the Rachel Maddow show! We are blessed with great weather for the next few weeks, so what precious sunshine there is will recharge our Vitamin D reservoir. We’ll get through this…
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
Is Drag a Drag?
Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors (PALS) and the Transgender Health and Wellness Center (THAWC), present “Is Drag a Drag? The Complicated Intersections Between Trans Lives and Drag Acts,” on Tuesday, December 15 from 4:00–5:30 p.m. The discussion is part of the two organizations’ ongoing conversation series, Highlighting the “T” in LGBT+. Explore the current and historical relationship between the trans community and drag with suggested (but not required) viewing before the event: “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria” (pictured here). Free event, registration required. More info
Leading the Way: A Women’s Roundtable
Join the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on Tuesday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m. for Leading the Way: A Women’s Roundtable, on Zoom. In their final panel of the 2020 calendar year, participants will discuss the importance of women in social movements, what has and hasn’t worked, and the shifting landscape that we face as a community as women have led the way to shift our country towards equality. Panel members include: Precious Brady-Davis–Communications Director at the Sierra Club, Kate Brown–President of the San Francisco Dykes on Bikes® Women’s Motorcycle Contingent, Cameron Esposito–Comedian, Writer, Actor, and Podcaster, and Olga Talamante, Executive Director Emeritus for Chicana Latina Foundation. Free event, registration required. More info
Stonewall Democrats December Meeting
The Desert Stonewall Democrats will hold their general meeting for December on Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. The panel will be discussing “Desert Support for LGBTQIA+ Asylum Seekers,” with Anna Lijphart, Director, Oasis Legal Services for LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers, and Craig Scott and Ubaldo Boido. Craig and Ubaldo will be speaking about The House, a safe home for LGBTQIA people fleeing persecution from family, neighbors, religious communities and anti-LGBTQIA laws and organizations around the world. Registration required, and for the holidays, donations are encouraged for FIND Food Bank, Well in the Desert, and AAP – Food Samaritans. More info
Un-Happy Days: How to Feel Good Even on a Bad Day
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health presents Un-Happy Days: How To Feel Good Even on a Bad Day, on Wednesday, December 16 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Join Gaetano Vaccaro, PhD to discover that happiness may come from where you least expect it, even when life is just plain tough. In the last 20 years, research on happiness has consistently shown that we are not very good at predicting what will bring us long term happiness and most of the things that bring us momentary pleasure actually make us UN-Happy in the long run. So, what is the key to happiness? Is it wealth, or fame… a great job, lots of friends, vacations and traveling, or family, dogs, and on-demand movies? Join in to find out. More info
Great Outdoors: Camping Adventures
Great Outdoors Palm Springs continues their “Adventures” series with Camping Adventures on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Join Scott Connelly (VP of Outings & Hike Leader w/ Great Outdoors PS) for a discussion of what makes camping fun. Nearby locations will be featured showing local attractions and activities, accommodating four seasons of camping opportunities, and both tent and RV camping will be included. Future topics in the series: Exploring the Back Country in a 4WD on January 27, and Yosemite High Sierra on February 17. More info
Let’s Talk About Race: White Supremacy Culture
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert presents Let’s Talk About Race, a virtual space for our community to come together and move through the conversation about race, on Thursday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. You might feel more familiar with the ideas of race, white supremacy and anti-blackness, or you might be at the beginning of your journey. Wherever you are, this is an opportunity for us to move through it together. The space will be facilitated by Lex Ortega, Director of Innovation & Community Engagement at The Center. This month’s topic: White Supremacy Culture. More info
Much Ado About Nothing
CVRep presents a A Staged Reading of Much Ado About Nothing as part of their Theatre Thursdays, on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. Director/Actor Charles Pasternak makes a return visit to CVRep’s virtual world to present William Shakespeare’s comedic play about misunderstandings, love and deception. Set in sixteenth-century Messina, a city on the island of Sicily in southern Italy, Much Ado About Nothing combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame and court politics. More info
12 Days of Takeout
It’s been a tough year for small businesses, very much affecting restaurants, but there’s an easy way we can show them some love this holiday season. 12 Days of Takeout is a grassroots online campaign running from December 12–23. To participate, just make a purchase at least once a day from your favorite restaurants and share a pic of your food or the establishment on social media with the hashtag #12DaysofTakeout to encourage others to do the same! Learn more
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 – Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
Zumba for Beginners with Shaun Samaro – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Chat with Stuart Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Making Connections During COVID: Men’s Discussion Group with Arlen Keith Leight, LCSW, Ph.D
1st and 3rd Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 75
John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com are joined by CVIndependent.com reader’s choice for best doctor in the valley: Dr. Laura Rush! Nino Eilets of TheStandardPS.com has a preview of his year in review issue. Jill Gover, PhD of DesertAidsProject.org counseling has tips to stay hopeful, healthy and connected through the holidays. UCSB Student Carley Jacobs takes a break from her Zoom classes to join our Zoom room and gives her youthful perspective on our new normal. The hardest working man in homebound show business: TV/Radio personality Alexander Rodriguez of ontherocksradioshow.com brings on the FUN! [Listen] or [Watch]
The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is now available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to stream us to your TV! (Also available on demand after it airs).
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Gift Drive
First, due to the Stay at Home Order and virtual shutdown in the state of CA, PSGMC had to make the VERY hard decision to postpone the “Christmas in Palm Springs Drive-In Edition” scheduled for Dec. 19.
However, The Chorus is still running a Holiday Gift and Toy Drive at their booth at the Certified Farmers’ Market in Palm Springs on Saturday December 19 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The effort is part of the “Chorus Cares” initiative to help communities with the greatest needs. New unwrapped gifts or toys in original packaging, and gift cards up to $25 will go to the children at Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio. More info
The Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Community Food Bank @ The Center is located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs and is open for distribution every Thursday from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Regular hours for Food Bank donation drop-offs are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon. NEW! – Curbside drop off hours: Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Collecting barrels will be available in front of the food bank facility for easy drive by – drop and go! Note: The food bank will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Thursday, December 31. More info
KGAY 106.5 presents the fourth installment in their Naughty & Nice Extravaganza concert series, A Very Ethyl Christmas, streaming live on Friday December 18 at 5:00 p.m. More info
- Queer British Art at the Tate – Sun Dec 20 at 11:00 a.m.
- Gay Gingerbread House Making – Sat Dec 19 at 12:00 p.m.
- Big Gay Trivia Holiday Cartoons & Movies – Mon Dec 21 at 4:00 p.m.
Fun & Games Dept Events in January
Mark your calendar for these Gay Desert Guide Fun & Games Dept. events early in the New Year! We are adding some fun twists to the Virtual Speed Dating format with themed nights hosted by Alexander Rodriguez, and presenting our first in-person event in a long time: a safely distanced “walk in the park” with Comedian Shann Carr, and much more!
- Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men of All Ages, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Fri Jan 8 at 7:00 p.m.
- A Walk in the Park with Comedian Shann Carr…Demuth Park That Is! – Sat Jan 9 at 10:00 a.m.
- Bowties and Bears Virtual Speed Dating, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Sun Jan 24 at 1:00 p.m.
- Inauguration Kick Off GAY Game Night Party, with Comedian Shann Carr – Fri Jan 15 at 6:00 p.m.
- Gossipy Potluck and Recipe Swap with Comedian Shann Carr – Sun Jan 31 at 1:00 p.m.
- Star Trek Virtual Speed Dating for Men, hosted by Alexander Rodriguez – Wed Feb 3 at 6:00 p.m.