Brad Fuhr Caricature

We’re in lockdown through Christmas – December 27th to be exact.  So outdoor dining is out.  Retail is curtailed to 20% capacity.  Gatherings of people from different households are halted.

We’ll address how we can hold it together on the Dec. 10th edition of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast with Dr. Jill Gover from Desert AIDS Project.  I first saw her presentation at the HIV & Aging Conference that I moderated in October.  The highlights of finding “things” to talk about are put into bite-sized morsels and I wanted to share them today:


  • What’s been the highlight of your week so far? 
  • What are you enjoying about your life at the moment? 
  • What are you looking forward to in the future?


  • Do you have any goals you’re working towards right now? 
  • What’s a personal challenge or obstacle you’re currently facing? 
  • Have you had any interesting insights about yourself recently? 


  • What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or learned about recently? 
  • What would you like to learn more about in the future? 
  • What’s a new experience we could share together in future?

She has many other tips that she will share on the podcast.  I hope you’ll subscribe on Apple, Spotify, Google and other podcast platforms.

Let’s follow guidelines and see if we can get our ICU capacity back to a safe level.  Happy holidays and please read on for the news and events of the week.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide


The Center Announces Transition

Courtesy, Facebook

Mike Thompson, six-plus year CEO of the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, will be stepping down at the beginning of February 2021 so that he and his partner can move closer to family. Board Co-Chair Mary Sue Allen has been appointed as the interim CEO. Effective January 1st, Mary Sue will step down from her role on the Board and work with Mike to focus on the transition. Read more

 Zoom That Tune Holidays Edition

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and present a virtual game show, Zoom that Tune Holidays Edition, on Monday, December 7 at 4:15 p.m. on Zoom. DJ Stevie Beat is famous for his gay Zoom That Tune games which get you laughing and interacting with the other players. This month, all of the songs will all be associated with the HOLIDAYS. Have fun and get competitive while testing your knowledge of music, and earn extra points by answering bonus trivia questions. Get tickets

Gaylarious Festival of Laughs

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and present a Gaylarious LGBT Comedy Show, “Festival of Laughs” on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. It’s a Ha-Ha Happy Holidays edition, so grab your Hanukkah bush, Christmas tree, or Kwanzaa leaf and get laughin’ with the nation’s funniest LGBTQ comedians and friends from TV, Radio and Comedy Clubs across the country. You’ll have a gay ole’ time with a line-up of hysterical comics designed to have you laughing right down to your gay funny bones. Get tickets

On the Rocks with Alexander

Watch On the Rocks with Alexander Rodriguez live on Facebook and YouTube on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. On this week’s episode: Drag, sci fi, and activism – these are a few of our favorite things! Join in as we chat with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Miz Cracker about her new Hanukkah music and her new podcast, She’s A Woman! AND we chat with Star Trek’s hottest borg, actor and activist Jonathan Del Arco…with guest co-host, Star Trek aficionado Christos Giannaris and your sassy host with the sassy most, Alexander Rodriguez! Talk radio with a twist! More info

18th Annual JFS Patron Party

Jewish Family Services of the Desert presents their 18th Annual Patron Party as a live virtual event on Monday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Jerry Fogelson and Bea Keats in two homes, with a special appearance by Emmy® AWARD Cable Ace® award winner Roy Firestone. Proceeds fund programs offering assistance to those most vulnerable in our valley. More info

 Positive Life Series

The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, December 8 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Dan Lee from the UC San Diego Owen Clinic will discuss this month’s topic: “Metabolic Issues in HIV”. Registration required. More info

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Creating For the Stage with Dezart Performs

Dezart Performs presents a special free virtual series, Creating for the Stage: Discussions with the People that Make Shows Happen, online every Wednesday through December 9. Featuring actors, designers, creatives, playwrights and directors from their sold out 2019-20 season, the series is optimistic proof of the group’s mission this year: Still Here … and Dreaming. On Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m., Meet the Design Team with Hand to God set designer Tom Valach, lighting designer Derrick McDaniel and props master Cecilia OroscoMore info.

What is Addiction/Substance Use Disorder?

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health present “What is Addiction/Substance Use Disorder?” on Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Eduardo Javier, addiction specialist, will discuss addiction/substance use disorder, and how Eisenhower’s new addiction medicine fellowship program can help you and your loved ones. Registration required. 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 – 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.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesdays 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 HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays 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]

 Well in the Desert Toy Drive Sponsored by Purple Room

Well in the Desert is unable to hold their traditional Christmas celebration this year, but the children are counting on you. For some of them, the toy from Well in the Desert is the only gift they receive from Santa. Operation Save Santa 2020 is in need of unwrapped toys (value: $10) for ages 1 through 10. You can drop them off at The Purple Room’s lobby (1900 E. Palm Canyon) between 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. every day, or call 858-722-5226 for pick-up.

Help a Homebound Senior This Holiday Season

Mizell Senior Center is collecting donated personal care items to fill over 450 care packages for homebound seniors this holiday season. They need everything from shampoo and shaving cream to soap and toilet paper. Call ahead and you can arrange a contactless drive-through pickup. More info


The Living Desert Closes Under Stay Home Order

WildLights, celebrating 28 years dazzling guests by transforming the The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland, has become the victim of bad timing this year, due to the stay home order which went into effect for the Southern California region on December 6. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will be closed to visitors for at least three weeks, or until the order is lifted. The Living Desert is evaluating the feasibility of rescheduling WildLights to a later date; ticketholders will be contacted via email to reschedule or receive a refund. Learn more

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 74

John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr, and Brad Fuhr of welcome guests: Fernando Velez founder, creator of …Co-chair of the Victory Fund campaign board Susan BurnsideDennis Flaig-Moore, VP/General Manager of the Saks Fifth Avenue and our regular local support group including Dr. Laura Rush and Jimmy Boegle of [Listen] or [Watch]

The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is now available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon FireTV and Android devices via Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to stream us to your TV! (Also available on demand after it airs).


KGAY 106.5 Naughty & Nice Extravaganza

KGAY 106.5 presents four holiday events over two weekends with their Naughty & Nice Extravaganza, streaming live on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday December 11–13, and Friday December 18. All shows begin at 5:00 p.m. More info

  • Friday, December 11 – Keisha D and Friends
    • Keisha D , David Bader, Bill Lohnes, Eve and Barry Marine
  • Saturday, December 12 – Divas on the Dance Floor
    • Anita Treadmill, Marina Mac, Stephanie Brown, Anita Cocktail, Dana Charles, Chilane, Ashley Sparks, Kevin Miller, My Mona, Erica Carrington,  Jayla D Foxx, Ana Rexia, Rosemary Galore, Tommi Rose, Electra, Summer Clearence, Miss Behven and DJ Galaxy.
  • Sunday, December 13 – Kristine W and Friends
    • Kristine W, The Palm Springs Gay Man’s Chorus, Kippy Marks, Francesca Amari and Tommy Dodson
  • Friday, December 18 – A Very Ethyl Christmas

DUI Checkpoint on Friday

The Palm Springs Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, December 11 from 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.”The safety of our community is and always will be our mission,” Sgt. Arnold Galvan says. “We are still out there in the middle of a pandemic because driving under the influence is still dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.”