This week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: The "Open to All" movement promotes inclusive businesses, "Got U Babe" benefits HRC, OUTstanding Voices honored, Desert Outlook says goodbye, Gay Men get educated about Syphilis, Chico's Angels' inaugural desert performances, Belle de Jour screens at the museum, ShortFest tickets go on sale, and Restaurant Week continues!

"Open to All" Movement Launched

In light of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission​ case, we’ve joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign and Desert Business Association to recognize our businesses that stand together as "Open To All." Now is the time for businesses to show their support for the LGBTQ community by proudly stating their places of business will not turn away anyone based on who they are or whom they love. In the days ahead we will have more details on how you can get our customized poster to display in your business. Here's what you need to know about the ruling.

Show your support for HRC and enjoy a great show at the same time with the "Got U Babe" HRC benefit tribute concert this Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. This special tribute production features cast members of Legends in Concert, the longest-running show in Las Vegas, performing as Tina Turner, Cher, and Lady Gaga. The production includes a live band and live vocals paying homage to these legendary performers that are iconic to the LGBTQ community. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Get tickets.

Gay Men & Syphillis – What You Need to Know

Knowledge is power. On Wednesday, June 13 from 4:00–6:00 p.m., Desert Aids Project presents David Lee, Clinical Services RN at the The Dock, speaking about Gay Men & Syphilis at Hunters Nightclub. Each guest will receive two drink tickets and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. RSVP requested. More info

OUTstanding Voices Honored

As the city of Palm Springs turns 80 years old and during the worldwide Pride Month in June, Palm Springs Pride announced it is recognizing the contributions and achievements of eighty lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender leaders and allies as OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs. We are proud to say that Gay Desert Guide's own Brad Fuhr is among the honorees! The OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs reception is scheduled for Thursday June 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Palm Springs. A limited number of tickets are available to purchase online. More info

Desert Outlook — Final Issue

Desert Outlook
, the Desert Sun's monthly glossy magazine for the LGBTQ community, published their Summer Edition this past week. After six years and 62 issues, this will be their final issue, and we are sorry to see it go. Thank you for six years of Desert Outlook!


Chico's Angels: Viva Las Chicas

This Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 12–14, Chico's Angels (Kay Sedia, Frieda Laye, Chita Parol & Bossman) will hit the stage for the very first time in Palm Springs in "Viva Las Chicas." Chico's Angels will entertain the audience with songs, dance and comedy for 3 performances at Oscar’s Cafe & Bar. Get tickets

Summer Film Series: A Passion for Fashion

On Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m., The Palm Springs Art Museum in collaboration with Palm Springs International Film Society presents Belle de Jour as the first installment in their Summer Film Series: A Passion for Fashion. In this film, Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello. Enjoy a fantastic classic in the cool, air-conditioned Annenberg Theater, for free! More info

ShortFest General Ticket Sales Begin

The Palm Springs International ShortFest is the largest and best attended short film event in North America, and general ticket sales begin Wednesday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m. ShortFest runs June 19–25, presenting more than 325 short films from over 100 countries packaged into 90-100 minute themed programs on romance, animation, action, documentaries and more. Get tickets

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week Continues

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a mega-week (17 days, really!) of deals at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley.  This is a tremendous opportunity to experience your favorites as well as discover something new! Participating restaurants offer special menus at set prices with lunches available for $15, $20 or $25 and dinners for $29, $39 or $49. For a chance to win an overnight stay at Hotel Paseo, take a picture of your food and post to social media with the hashtag #dineGPS (and don't forget to add our hashtag #ILoveGayPalmSprings). Check our link for a list of participating restaurants. More info

Meetup Directory on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

Do what you love with likeminded people by checking out our Meetup Directory on GayDesertGuide.LGBT! Just look under the Events tab on our navigation bar and click "Meetups." You'll find group activities including movie nights, hiking, book clubs, professional networking, salsa dancing, discussion groups, and foreign language Meetups, just to name a few! View all Meetups