Dating is a real challenge right now, but it appears having sex is not.  Desert AIDS Project reports that STDs and new HIV infections are up: “Steadily rising rates of HIV, syphilis, and chlamydia in the Coachella Valley are showing that the last five months of living in the “new normal” has interfered with people taking care of their sexual health.” DAP offers at-home HIV testing resources and COVID-19 testing.

A safer choice is gay and lesbian speed dating – virtually and virtuously – starting soon.  #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast co-host Shann Carr hosts. We love this way of speed dating because of the three possible outcomes – a date, a friend or a business connection.  Sign up now via our Events page or on Facebook. And see below for the rundown on this week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.


The Gay Dating Game LIVE

The Fun and Games Department of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present The Gay Dating Game – Live on Zoom on Wednesday, July 22 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. This is a VERY Gay version of the classic hilarious match making game where laughs meet love! The game consists of a bachelor questioning three gay bachelors (or vice versa), who are hidden from view. At the end of the questioning period, he will choose which one to get to know better. Who will he choose? Will he take your advice? This promises to be a hilarious night of great laughs, and great fun hosted by comedian Sean Barry Parsons. Get tickets


Race Matters for Black LGBTQ People

After a successful run last month, Race Matters for Black LGBTQ Community Members returns on Tuesday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. This is a virtual space created by the LGBT Community Center of the Desert to come together and share how we approach the burden of racism in this country and in our own lives. Facilitated by Lorenzo Taylor, a Center activity facilitator and member of Brothers of the Desert. Registration required. More info


Community Conversations: An Affinity Space for Non-Black LGBTQ+ People

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert presents Community Conversations: An Affinity Space for Non-Black LGBTQ+ People hosted by Lex Ortega on Thursday, July 23 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Zoom. This is a space for non-Black LGBTQ+ people to come together and work through issues of racism and anti-Blackness specifically. Registration required. More info


Desert Stonewall Democrats July Meeting

This month, the Desert Stonewall Democrats meeting will be Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. You will hear from three candidates seeking endorsement: Christy Holstege for Palm Springs City Council District 4, Lisa Middleton for Palm Springs City Council District 5, and Les Zendle for Desert Healthcare District Zone 1. More info


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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 – Monday 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.DTuesday at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. 

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

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursday 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.


Celebrate Broadway Christmas in July

CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays presents Broadway Christmas in July on Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. Join Glenn Rosenblum as he explores Broadway and some Hollywood musicals with holiday themes: Annie, She Loves Me, Promises, Promises are just a few of the Broadway Musicals to explore. Celebrate the season with insight, video clips, photos and maybe even a virtual holiday sing-a-long. Did you know there was a Broadway Musical of Miracle on 34th Street in the 1960s called Here’s Love, or that Holiday standard “We Need a Little Christmas” is from a Broadway Musical!? Free with Registration required. More info

Theatre at Home – Roundup by Stephen Radosh

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Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has written a new article, “Theatre at Home,” about how theatre people are putting the “creative” in creative art and figuring out ways to share their talents and love of theatre in the current climate where gathering in close proximity is still not an option. From Hamilton to Megan Hilty, and from Cheyenne Jackson to Marga Gomez in “Spanking Machine,” Radosh has options that should keep you busy for awhile! Read more


Coming Soon: Fun & Games with Shann Carr

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide, along with TheMenEvent.com, is planning a fun-filled month of virtual events hosted by Shann Carr, from Trivia and Game Nights on Tuesdays to Speed Dating Saturdays where you could meet a date, a friend, or a business connection!

And don’t forget we have several July events from the Fun & Games Department, rounding out July with:


THIS WEEKEND

Drive-In Experience at Palm Springs Cultural Center

The Palm Springs Cultural Center has made available their schedule for their “Drive-In Experience” movies for the next three weekends. Films include: “Grease” a “Mamma Mia” double feature, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Jurassic Park,” a “Terminator” double feature, and “Shrek.” Get tickets


KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series

Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series.
This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. This Sunday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. the featured artist is Tommi Rose, and future performances include: Shann Carr on Aug 2, Anita Treadmill Presents Divas on the Dance Floor on Aug 9, Tommy Dodson on Aug 16, Eve on Aug 23, Brian Scott on Aug 30, Emily West on Sept 6, Bill Lohnes on Sept 13, Kristine W on Sept 20, and a free concert on Saturday, Aug 15 with special guest Keisha D. Get tickets


LGBTinsel Town Tour: The Golden Age of Hollywood

From The Fun And Games Department of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com comes the LGBTinsel Town Tour on Sunday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m. Explore the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, Hollywood’s first boys-only porn theatre, and the gay bar where the Black Dahlia sipped her last libation, just to name a few. You’ll see things like: the hair salon that created Judy Garland’s look for the The Wizard of OZ, and the nightclub where Joan Crawford got her start entering weekly contests as a dancer to win money so she could eat that week! You’ll also learn where the term “PRIDE” came from and what it actually means. Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

New Dates: Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Society is preparing for the 32nd edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, typically held in January, but this year the festival has been moved to run February 25–March 8, 2021 with the Film Awards Gala on February 25. Film Awards seats and tables and Festival passes will go on sale in October and individual tickets will go on sale closer to the festival. More info


Big Bear ROMP Free-For-All

While Big Bear ROMP 2020 has been officially canceled due to COVID-19 (all passes will automatically transfer to next year’s event), they will be holding three FREE happenings on the weekend that would have been this year’s ROMP. They will take place safely in the host hotel’s large outdoor amphitheater on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. Events include: Phil’s Twisted Trivia and Anything Goes, Babette’s Boozy Bingo, and Mountain of Laughs Comedy Night. No need to register, just show up! More info


Gay Days Anaheim 2020

The organizers of Gay Days Anaheim are preparing for this year’s event from October 2–4, 2020 at Disneyland, with fingers crossed that the park will open with safety precautions in place to create an event that will surely look different, but the red tshirt for this year is now available for mail order. Make your hotel reservations (with special Gay Days discount rate) now, and if the park is not open by October, refunds will be provided without penalty. More info


I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 54

Hop on the CoronaCoaster and take a ride with #ILoveGayPalmSprings John Taylor & Shann Carr are joined by Dr. Laura Rush, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com,  Author, speaker and diversity consultant Lauren Nile shares wisdom. We’ll have fun and games with producer Hugh Hysell….and the fabulous Terry Ray reminisces about the third gayest moment in game show history involving Terry and recently self-appointed COVID-19 expert Chuck Woolery! [Listen] or [Watch]