Stonewall Humanitarian Awards, ShortFest Sneak Peek, Last Chance to Win Vacaya Cruise, Electricity Immersive Theater, Paint & Sip, Palm Springs Installation Awards, KGAY Fundraiser and more, plus a weekend preview!
Stonewall Humanitarian Awards
On Thursday, June 13 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, come support the Transgender Community at the Stonewall Humanitarian Awards, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with advocacy, education, entertainment and leadership. Funds go directly to the Transgender Health and Wellness Center, providing the Transgender diverse community a safe space to find employment, food and clothing assistance, education, legal assistance and over 42 different services.
Emcee is the Fabulous Ethylina Canne
Special Entertainer: Laith Ashley
Special Guest Speaker: Ann Walker from Sordid Lives
Marsha P. Johnson Ally Award presented to The L-Fund
Stonewall Humanitarian Award presented to Anthony Velasco, Nurse Practitioner from Desert AIDS Project.
ShortFest Sneak Peek Community Screening
On Wednesday, June 12 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Join the Palm Springs International ShortFest for their free public program: Sneak Peek Community Screening. This year they are showcasing a diverse selection of films that all won prestigious awards during the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest plus a sneak peek into what’s coming at the 25th Palm Springs ShortFest. More info
Change It Up at The Center
The LGBT Community Center of The Desert presents Change it Up on Tuesday, June 11 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. This monthly interactive discussion group for queer men focuses on topics to improve your quality of life. A combination of psycho-educational presentations are paired with a process group. This will also be a positive opportunity for social engagement and community building for participants. Instructor Brent Heinze has been a therapist for 13 years with an emphasis on working with non-traditional relationships and gay men. More info
Last Chance to Win a Vacaya Cruise
We are in the final days of your chance to become a finalist to win a VACAYA Cruise trip! Their inaugural Cruise to PTown will take place August 11–18, featuring 7 nights aboard the 5-star Celebrity Summit with an overnight in Provincetown for the Carnival kick-off, plus activities and all-star entertainment including Palm Springs’ own Shann Carr! You can ENTER TO WIN at www.KGAY1065.com and listen for your name to be called on the air to become a finalist. Grand Prize drawing takes place this Friday, June 14.
Electricity: Immersive Theatre in Palm Springs
Share the electricity inside a real hotel room with the immersive theatre of Electricity, with two performances: June 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at INNdulge. This funny, sexy and surprisingly emotional journey through the immense changes that happened to the LGBTQ community between 1983 and 2013 navigates a world where gay life was hidden in bars and sex clubs to one where equality might just be a reality–if party boy Brad and ex-seminary student Gary can only believe that they deserve it. Get Tickets
Paint & Sip at Runway
Wednesdays June: 12, 19, and 16, from 6:30–8:30 p.m., Runway is bringing the fun to you with Paint Night. What better way to make memories than a paint and sip night. Experienced artists will walk you step by step as you create a fine art piece you and your guests will enjoy for years to come. More info
KGAY 106.5 Fundraiser for Qchella Media
DJ Galaxy and Anita Treadmill are doing a fundraiser on Friday, June 14 from 8:00–11:00 p.m. at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City to keep the music going here in the valley on KGAY 106.5, part of Qchella Media, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. So the divas from Trunks Bar will perform for tips to donate to the cause. There will also be jello shots and a 50/50 raffle so you can come out and support Qchella Media and meet the staff! More info
Palm Springs Installation and Business Awards Luncheon
Join the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and the City of Palm Springs as they recognize and celebrate individuals and businesses for their outstanding contributions to the Palm Springs experience at the Palm Springs Installation and Business Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Honorees include Ron deHarte of Greater Palm Springs Pride for the Community Spirit Award, Blackbook Bar for Small Business of the Year, El Mirasol for the Hometown Appreciation Awards, The Tropicale for the Uniquely Palm Springs award, and several more! Get tickets
HRC Palm Springs Volunteer Open House
Join the Human Rights Campaign of Palm Springs for a Volunteer Open House on Tuesday, June 18. Members of the Palm Springs Steering Committee and HRC staff will be in attendance to share upcoming volunteer activities and leadership opportunities for those looking to step up and join HRC in the fight for equality. More info
VillageFest Summer Hours: 7–10 p.m.
Palm Springs’ famous and festive street fair, VillageFest, attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and offers more than 200 booths featuring eclectic art, handcrafted items, and unique food, while shops, restaurants, and galleries along Palm Canyon Drive also stay open late. This Thursday night tradition has shifted hours slightly for the summer: As of the first of June, VillageFest starts at 7:00 p.m., closing at 10:00 p.m. More info
It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, and if you’d like to treat Dad to a special meal be sure to visit our:
Gay Desert Guide Dine & Sip Page
Featuring a great directory of gay-friendly
New Gay Desert Guide Summer Map & Calendar is Out!
Whether you’re visiting Greater Palm Springs or have guests coming to town, Gay Desert Guide’s free Map & Calendar gets you oriented to the best nightlife, happy hours, restaurants & bars, attractions and events. Pick up your free copy at visitor’s centers, hotels, gay resorts or view online here. Keep a copy in your guest room so your visiting friends know what we at Gay Desert Guide know – Greater Palm Springs has a lot to offer our LGBT locals and visitors alike! Download Today
Joshua Tree Pride
Joshua Tree Pride is back from June 14–16, with highlights like a Mermaid March, BBQ and Bands, a one-act play about the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, and comedy from Shann Carr! Look for the KGAY and Gay Desert Guide booth, stop by and say hello! Also look for a gallery opening reception on Friday and brunch and poetry on Sunday. More info
“Bite Me” Special Event Screening
On Friday, June 14 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents a special event Palm Springs screening of the independent feature film Bite Me, a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Stay after the screening for a Q&A with the film’s writer and star and Naomi McDougall Jones, followed by a Joyful Vampire Ball (costumes welcomed) Get tickets
Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
Showgirls are returning to Palm Springs! Dirty Little Secrets will bring their world class entertainment to Hotel Zoso on Saturday, June 15 from 8:30–10:00 p.m. For a decade the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque has been providing world class entertainment from Los Angeles to San Diego and now they are ready to fill your soul with some shimmy and shake! Come celebrate a birthday, bachelorette, Girls Night/Boys Night out, or just come celebrate! Get tickets
Book Signings at Just Fabulous
Just Fabulous has more fabulous book signings! On Sunday, June 15 from 12:00–2:00 p.m., take a peek BackStage, by Darryl Vidal and Marty Harrell, a raucously funny compilation of stories, tales, and gems from the Golden Era of entertainment circa 1960–1980 (More info). After that, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Frank DeCaro will be signing copies of Drag, which celebrates the fabulous current and historical influence of drag, and its talented and inspiring performers (More info).
Madonna Bar – Madame X Launch
Join your fellow Madonna lovers for Madonna Bar, a celebration of her music and launch party for her newest album, Madame X, on Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. at Hotel Zoso. KGAY & Gay Desert Guide are media sponsors of this event, and 20% of the ticket price goes to support Qchella Media, the non-profit that brings you KGAY. Get Dressed up in your favourite Madonna Era and Dance to Non-Stop Madonna Music from DJ from the 80s to today! Prepare your Rebel Heart to meet Unapologetic Strangers from all over the Drowned World. Get tickets
Gay Wine Weekend is July 18–21
Gay Wine Weekend is a celebration of food, wine & the ambience of Northern California’s Wine Country for the LGBTQ Community, taking place July 18–21 in the Sonoma Valley. Events include winemaker dinners, wine tastings, drag queen brunch & wine auction, a pool party, after parties and the signature event of the weekend, Twilight T-Dance at Chateau St. Jean Winery. New this year: a comedy show in the caves at Deerfield Ranch Winery on Thursday evening for those coming into town early. Proceeds Benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Get tickets