Brad Fuhr Caricature

Rainbow Alphabet Soup. That’s my new phrase for the many colors and letters that are used by our community. If you took the recent CMI Community Survey, we asked how you feel about terms from “Gay” to LGBTQIA+ being used by corporations, non-profits or in the media.

There’s a big shift happening between two competing words that have had negative connotations over the years.

Just using the term “gay” is only favorable to a third of us. “Queer” is now favorable to just over half of respondents. LGBTQ and LGBTQ+ seem to be where most of us land for terminology at 70%.

Will I need to become “QueerDesertGuide” in the future? And how many colors will the rainbow have to display? The times they are a changin’!!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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Monday: LGBTQ Business Succession Planning Workshop & Mixer

The Desert Business Association presents an LGBTQ Business Succession Planning Workshop on Monday, July 11 from 3:30–5 pm at the Renaissance Hotel. The workshop encourages LGBTQ business owners to develop (or enhance) a business succession plan…something that many do not have in-place or think much about. This is the first of five workshops being held across the country, sponsored by Absolut and the National LGBT Chamber (NGLCC), and locally in partnership with the Desert Business Association (DBA), the LGBTQ Chamber of the Desert. In addition, all participants are invited to join the DBA Networking Mixer immediately after, also at the Renaissance Hotel, where Justin Nelson, President and Co-Founder of the National LGBT Chamber (NGLCC), along with Sabrina Kent, NGLCC Executive Vice President, will be joining the workshop and the mixer to share what is happening at NGLCC, and the benefits of LGBT Business Certification, offered through the NGLCC. More info

RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 9

Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest upbeat recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). This week the queens are tasked with leveraging their brands into a signature social media dance challenge. Read on to find out whose dance involves the “Rip it and Grip It,” and whose dance the judges loved most! Read the full recap of Episode 9: Dance Like Drag Queen [here].

Monday Night Bingo with Bella da Ball

King’s Highway at The Ace Hotel is bringing back their Monday Night Bingo after a two year hiatus, Mondays from 7–9 pm. The beautiful and lovely Palm Springs treasure Bella da Ball is back too! She will be hosting, calling numbers and giving away prizes. Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited. More info

Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage

Grab your friends and your passport to new adventures with Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, running from Monday, July 11 through Friday August 12. Come hungry! Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is an annual tradition of sizzling specials and tantalizing treats for the community to enjoy. Participating restaurants run the gamut from State Fare at the Ritz-Carlton, Willie’s Modern Fare, Las Casuelas Nuevas, and Haus of Poke, to Krispy Kreme and many more. It not only helps local restaurants during slower months, your $10 wristband is also a fundraiser for local nonprofits. More info

Mon Petit Salon

Mon Petit Salon is an eclectic mix of improvised world music, Monday evenings from 5–7:30 pm in the VIP Lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Each week features different artists and genres, from blues, jazz, electro, classical, and more, you’ll experience musical genius and improvisation along with variations on songs you know and love. The shows are hosted by Jeremie Levi Samson, a violin virtuoso from Paris, France, and produced by Mon Petit Mojave, an award-winning musical experience from the hi-desert. Reservations recommended. More info

Jazz on the 2nd Floor

Leanna and the Jazz Collective invites you back to the golden days of the “Great American Songbook” performing jazz standards at Jazz on the 2nd Floor, Tuesday evenings from 5–7:30 pm in the VIP Lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Fall in love to the seductive beats of the congas–played by Leanna’s tantalizingly rhythmic husband Miguel–or flirt along the riffs of her entourage’s capricious fantasies. Reservations recommended. More info

Women Like Us – Support Group

The Center presents Women Like Us, a therapeutic support group facilitated by Dr. Ann Engel, ASW on Tuesday, July 12 from 4–5:30 pm. This is a therapeutic support group for self-identified women who love women. It is an ongoing group and you can join it at any time. It will meet at the Center on the 2nd Floor. More info

The Center’s Inaugural Women’s Social

Come meet other incredible women at the first edition of The Center Women’s Social on Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30–7 pm in the Tropics Lounge at Margaritaville Palm Springs (next to the ‘Come Monday Cafe’). This event is open to all LGBTQ+ women. More info

OutFest LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the 2022 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival kicks off Thursday, July 14 and will continue through July 24. The world’s leading LGBTQ+ festival returns with outdoor events, indoor screenings for vaccinated attendees, and also available via streaming for those who wish to experience the festival from their own home. The festival provides both the community and creators opportunities to participate in various events, workshops, masterclasses, and panels, both to provide networking opportunities and filmmaker development. Get tickets

Desert Blues Revival: Lester Lands and the New Breed Band

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, July 13, Lester Lands and the New Breed Band takes the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing Authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets

Jazzville: Kevin Adam Hersh Quintet

Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five, takes place at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! On Thursday, July 14 from 7–8:30 pm, it’s Adam Hersh Quintet, playing arrangements of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, along with some new originals. The two horn players, Devin Daniels and Evan Abounassar, are some of the greatest young improvisers that Adam has had the pleasure of playing with, and their sounds blend perfectly together. Jermaine Paul on bass, Myles Martin on drums. World-class. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets

Theatre Thursday: Ari Axelrod

CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays are back “Live on Stage.” Come see a different cabaret, concert or entertaining event each Thursday at 7 pm, now through September 1. This week: On Thursday, July 14, it’s Ari Axelrod ~ “A Place for Us: A Celebration of Jewish Broadway”. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has a look at some highlights of this series [here], and see our event listing for the full lineup of performers! Order ahead and save with 5 shows for the price of 4. Get tickets


San Diego Pride: “Justice with Joy”

San Diego Pride, one of the largest Prides in the United States, takes place this weekend on Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17. Cheer on colorful floats & parade participants to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community at the San Diego Pride Parade on Saturday, kicking off in Hillcrest at 10 am. This year’s theme is “Justice with Joy.” The Pride Festival is your time to be OUT and PROUD on Saturday from 11 am–10 pm and Sunday from 11 am–9 pm. This is San Diego’s largest 2-day event highlighting the best in LGBTQ entertainment, interactive exhibits, cultural presentations, and community resources. More info

Gay Wine Weekend 2022

Out in the Vineyard presents Gay Wine Weekend 2022 from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley. This weekend of wine & celebration features winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Guests will celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine excursions, a drag queen brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury destinations in the world. More info

Summer Sing-A-Long: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

The Summer Sing-a-Long series is back at the Palm Springs Cultural Center with returning favorites and new classics. On Saturday, July 16 the series continues with South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think Canada is to blame. Come early for the Schmigadoon happy hour at 5 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Head into the theater for the sing-a-long at 7 pm, with songleaders from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus leading the out-loud voices! The series continues Saturdays through July and into August, with Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, and Mamma Mia 2! Get tickets

The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage

Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The July production is The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 17, 24, & 31, all performances at 2 pm. “The Carol Burnett Show” ran for 11 years and is known as one of the most brilliant television shows of all time. You’ll love this opportunity to see some of the best classic comedy sketches from the program re-created for the stage performed by some of DTW’s favorite performers. Get tickets

Nancy Wilson’s Heart

The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Nancy Wilson’s Heart on Saturday, July 16 from 8–10 pm. Nancy Wilson is celebrated as a seminal musician in rock ‘n’ roll history. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 9, Nancy (and her sister Ann) lead the multi-platinum rock group, Heart, who have sold upwards of 35 million albums. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player, and as a gifted lead vocalist. In fact, that’s Nancy singing on Heart’s first Number One hit, “These Dreams.” Get tickets


Palm Canyon Theatre presents Godspell through Sunday, July 17. Go on a theatrical musical journey based upon the Gospel according to St. Matthew. In this timeless tale of friendship, love and tolerance, a small group of disciples help Jesus tell a variety of parables through song, dance, and humor. Jesus’ life will dance across the stage with an eclectic blend of songs that include the Billboard Chart hit ‘Day by Day.’ Get tickets

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN tickets to Out on the Mountain at Six Flags Magic Mountain! The event takes place Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers. Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page

KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is “The Pride of the Valley,” and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo! Check out our selection of apparel and other items emblazoned with the best radio station call letters: KGAY! Shop now

The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online

Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2022 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.

Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 am and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm.

Don’t miss “This Way Out,Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)