Brad in maskTo bar or not to bar.  That is the question… And Sunday, the governor answered with an emphatic “no” in Los Angeles and other counties.  While our county, Riverside, is on the “recommended to close” list many bars either were forced to close due to staff exposures or did so in order to reduce the health risks to the general population.
We applaud that move while feeling the collective pain that it causes to our resort destination.  That’s especially true as we go into the 4th of July holiday weekend.  GayDesertGuide is keeping tabs on what’s open in our DINE & SIP section, AFTER DARK section and in our NEWS blog roll.  If you’re not on our weekly email list (which also links to our #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast each Thursday, please consider subscribing today. 

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide.


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.

Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesday at 11:00 a.m.

Coping for Couples with Arlen Keith Leight, LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesday at 11:00 a.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.

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.

Men’s Chat with Stuart HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.

Race Matters for Black LGBT People with Lorenzo Taylor – Tuesday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Starting June 30:
Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. 

Starting July 6:
Zumba for Beginners with Shaun Samaro – Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

New groups starting soon from Behavioral Health @The Center:
Bereavement Therapy Group, starting July 6
Gay Men Living with HIV, starting July 8.

Give OUT Day 2020

Tuesday, June 30 is Give OUT Day, the national day of giving for the LGBTQ community. Observed since 2013, Give OUT day has raised more than $6 million from individual donors to support LGBTQ non-profits serving and advocating for our community. If you are unable to make a donation for Give OUT Day today, you can still help spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #GiveOUTDay Give now

Dinner and Movie Flight at PS Air

Bouschet’s PS Air presents Dinner and Movie Flight on Wednesdays from 7:00–10:00 p.m. Enjoy pizza, pork sliders, and free popcorn!! Movie starts at 7:30 sharp. This week’s featured film: The 1980 parody film “Airplane!” written and directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, and produced by Jon Davison. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lorna Patterson. Reservations required. More info

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‘Stories of Dear Harvey’ Virtual Viewings

San Diego’s Breakthrough Workshop Theatre has performed “Dear Harvey,” a tribute play to Harvey Milk, ever since their conception in 2013. With the 2020 reading cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, the tradition continues with a new documentary film experience that interweaves stories from the play with stories from the creators and the artists who have been changed through their work on the play for over a decade. The film can viewed online for free on Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m., and again Sunday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. with each live screening followed by a different live follow-up experience. More info

PALS Cafe Wednesdays

What is a PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) CAFÉ? It’s a virtual & completely safe place where you can enjoy a heaping piece of hearty laughter, lots of homemade conversations, and helpful insights while getting to virtually visit with many of your PALS ! You are invited to join this group on Zoom every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. More info

They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, July 2 at 1:30 p.m., PALS presents its first Virtual version of their Death Cafe. This is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Just bring your curiosity and your thoughts/ideas about death or dying. More info

Animal Samaritans Presents Conversations with Dr. B

Join Dr. Michelle Bousquet, Chief Medical Officer at Animal Samaritans every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom as she answers your pet-related questions and concerns, including best practices regarding COVID-19. Email your questions ahead of time and then join live. More info

Among Friends Virtual Happy Hour

Join Among Friends for their ongoing Thursday “Kickoff to the Weekend” Happy Hours, on Zoom from 5:00–6:30 p.m. every week. Come for the laughs, games and fun, and if you don’t want to be on cam, you don’t have to, you can still attend. And hey, no Uber needed! More info

Get Inspired by Michael Childers

This week’s At-Home Activity from the Palm Springs Art Museum is about representing identity through portraiture, whether it’s a close likeness or more of a window into one individual’s expression. Michael Childers has made a career out of photographing people and creating portraits, including many iconic film stars, artists, actors, and writers of our time. Learn more about Childers and this week’s activity [here].


Fourth of July Fireworks at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents a Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4. The fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. with free admission and parking available at limited capacity due to social distancing protocols. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks, with face coverings required while on property. More info

Safer Together, Greater Together

Gay Desert Guide has taken the Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge. By taking this pledge, GayDesertGuide.LGBT is making a commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors, workforce, and all of our neighbors, families, and friends. The Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge is a unified approach destination-wide among all of the business partners of Visit Greater Palm Springs.


Jazz in the Pines

Idyllwild Arts Academy has reimagined their popular annual fundraiser, Jazz in the Pines, with a lineup of live and recorded performances and workshops to be streamed online July 5–17. Jazz In The Pines will include public performances, an “In Conversation” series with the artists, open masterclasses, and special events.  The festival will be free and open to all, catering to everyone from seasoned Jazz fans to those new to the scene. More info

Virtual Gay Wine Week

Sonoma’s Gay Wine Weekend, produced by Out in the Vineyard, is going virtual this year with interesting, illuminating and fun events in the virtual space. All you have to do is sit back, uncork a bottle or two of Sonoma Wine, and join online! [More info] – Events include:

  • Colors of Wine Country on Friday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. – A conversation with Black leaders in the wine/hospitality industry.
  • Virtual Wine Tour on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. – A virtual journey through the Sonoma Valley, exploring the best wines of the region.
  • Virtual Twilight T-Dance on Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. – Featuring past T-Dance DJ’s spinning for your at-home dance party, with special performances from Transcendence Theatre Company and more.
  • Drag Queen Bingo, Bubbles & Wine Auction on Sunday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. – Join hostess Ruby Red Munro for some much needed fun and stay for the annual Wine Auction.

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 51

This week we’re talking, spiking COVID-19 numbers, entertainment, and MASKS MASKS MASKS! John Taylor and Shann Carr welcome Brad Fuhr of, Jimmy Boegle of, Dr. Laura Rush, Ron DeHarte of, Sue Burnside of Nicholas Snow of and actor/comedian/author [Listen] or [Watch]