Brad Fuhr Caricature

A tale of two gay celebs with stories of their trials and tribulations are in the news as we start #ValentinesDay week.  Dan Levy hosted #SNL Saturday Night Live this week.  His mother, Deborah Devine, posted this on Twitter: “This goes out to the bully punks at Camp WTF who made life miserable for a certain cabin-mate back in the the summer of ’96 – just because he was different. Well, after all these years I have just 7 words to say to you: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” @danjlevy.”

And locally, we got to hear the story of the first openly gay NFL football player, a resident of our valley. David Kopay came out in 1975, before Dan Levy was even born. He tells a story that many of us in the LGBTQ community can identify with, including contemplating suicide.  We feature the story from News Channel 3 on our home page YouTube video channel.  His biography, “The David Kopay Story,” was a New York Times best seller. (Note the Joe Biden photo in the background of the shot!)

Coming out and dealing with your identity and gender still are not easy.  But “It Gets Better” as time marches on. And we march on through February with the week’s top events and activities.  Be sure to follow us on social media for the latest updates.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

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 Zoom That Tune “Warm Me Up, Dammit” Edition

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and present a virtual game show, Zoom That Tune “Warm Me Up, Dammit” Edition, on Monday, February 8 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. Can you guess the tune from 5 secs, 3 secs or 1 sec of music? Have fun and get competitive while testing your knowledge of music, and earn extra points by answering bonus trivia questions. Get tickets

Human Rights Commission Annual Community Service Awards

The City of Palm Springs Human Rights Commission will present its annual Community Service Awards on Monday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. The awards will be presented to four individuals and two organizations to acknowledge their outstanding contribution to promote and protect human rights, social progress, better standards of life and equality for all individuals. The 2021 community service award recipients include the following outstanding citizens and organizations: Find Food Bank, Young Justice Advocates, Lee Wilson Jr, Jane Garrison, David Powell, Keisha D Mimms. More info

Live Performance: “All Boys Aren’t Blue”

Join Brothers of the Desert  on Monday, February 8 from 5:00—7:00 p.m. for a watch party and filmed dramatic reading of parts of the critically-acclaimed book, “All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto.” The three-part virtual event will feature live performances, a virtual art installation and music featuring Black and Black queer artists. The evening will conclude with a roundtable discussion moderated by Tai Beauchamp with the goal of moving out the fear that creates stigma and replacing it with love. More info

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Feb. 1–28: Modernism Week Online Experience

While Modernism Week has rescheduled in-person events from February to April, the Modernism Week Online Experience is taking place February 1–28, with a curated line-up of more than 20 new video programs created specifically for Modernism Week. More info

“Best of Modernism” Online Auction

Best of Modernism,” Modernism Week’s inaugural online auction, runs through Monday, February 15. Cast your bids for one-of-a-kind experiences that include getaway stays in historic modernist homes, private tours, signed artwork, custom footwear, interior design services, a helicopter tour with a catered picnic and much more! Learn more

COVID-19 and Vaccines with Eisenhower Health

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce presents a digital workshop in partnership with Eisenhower Health on Wednesday, February 10 at 9:00 a.m., focusing on the latest trends in COVID-19 and vaccines. When will things get back to “normal”? Speakers from Eisenhower Health will discuss trends in cases, hospitalizations, and testing by demographics such as age, race and gender. They will also discuss which Valley cities have been most impacted by the virus and what we can expect to see in the coming months including vaccine distribution rollout. More info

Meditation for Heart Health

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health present Meditation for Heart Health on Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Join Karen Stewart, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, and learn how there’s more to heart attack and stroke prevention than medications, exercise, and diet. In fact, some of the latest research suggests that meditation can be a useful part of cardiovascular risk reduction. More info

The Love Gyro: Greek Mom’s Dating Advice Show

The Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide and present Greek Mom’s Live Interactive Advice Show on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. Greek Mom is the creation of hysterical comedian Gus Constantellis, a gay comedian whose material deals heavily with his large immigrant family, his Greek heritage, raunchy yet relatable dating stories, and his unique perspective on growing up in Brooklyn. Do you have a question (or a few) that you would like to have Greek Mom answer? It’s your lucky day! You may pre-submit as many questions as you would like, and she will try answer everything. Get tickets

Take Away So Restaurants Stay

Visit Palm Springs is offering a great deal to encourage takeout orders to support your favorite local restaurants, during this time when they need our support the most. The “Let’s Go Palm Springs” offer (Valid through February 16) gets you $10 off your to go order of $30 or more from your favorite participating Palm Springs restaurant, including Eight4Nine, Il Giardino, Lulu California Bistro, Trio and many more! Get the deal

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.

Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.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.

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.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroFridays at 2:00 p.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]


From Broadway with Love…Backwards!

Palm Canyon Theatre presents a Valentine-themed concert fundraiser, From Broadway with Love… Backwards, available to stream online for two days only: Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13. This annual fundraiser looks different this year (as all events do), so they’ve decided to “flip the script” and male performers will sing songs originally written for women, while women will sing songs originally written for men. This twist allows performers a rare opportunity to interpret Broadway numbers they would likely never be cast to sing! With about 21 performers doing everything from traditional ballads to fun, unconventional love songs, each uniquely crafted performance and video recording will be a new “favorite” for the “at-home” audience. Get tickets

Evenings with Ophelia Presents The Improvables of the Desert

Join The Improvables of the Desert on Saturday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for “Evenings with Ophelia.” This one-hour Zoom performance will take audiences on a freewheeling journey, embracing whatever happens along the way. The result is lots of laughs and a unique show each and every time. Come experience this wild, unpredictable, hilarious celebration of the human condition, hosted by the Ophelia Project. Since 1998, Ophelia Project has been providing team mentoring for thousands of teen girls in the Coachella Valley, encouraging them to stay in school and pursue higher education. (Don’t miss Lin Phillipi of The Improvables on the I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast, Episode 83!) Get tickets

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 83

Join us for a Facebook Live where we will debut the latest episode of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast at its new time, Fridays at 10:00 a.m.! This week: Here’s what’s brewing in Feh-Brew-Ary….Hosts John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr are joined by Dr. Laura Rush, media personality Alexander Rodriguez and special guests Actress/Psychologist Cathy DeBuono, Destination PSP President Jeffrey Bernstein and Susan Francis of the JFK Memorial Foundation along with Lin Phillippi of ‘The Improvables of the Desert’ talk about their upcoming Ophelia Project fundraiser! [Listen] or [Watch]

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