From attending the #MeTooMarilyn peaceful protest to a rollicking drag show at Oscar’s, it felt like things were mostly back to “normal” in Palm Springs. I had out of town guests, I dined indoors and attended a ribbon cutting or two.
While still wearing a mask while walking down Palm Canyon, I do tend to take it off when no one is around (or when it’s dark). HBU?
The virtual events are still happening, a remnant of having to cancel all of our big galas. In fact, this weekend is the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards virtual event, and we talked with DAP Health’s James Lindquist on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast about how they pivoted in the face of COVID-19.
It’s a beautiful week to enjoy DesertX (when the wind subsides) and take in a hike, bike or car ride. Enjoy our great Spring weather and count on GayDesertGuide.LGBT to keep you updated here and on social media!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
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15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey
Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! For over a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities, and organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community. Previous surveys have had over 45,000 participants from 150 countries! Also, participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. [Click here to take the survey]
DBA Virtual Networking Mixer
Join the Desert Business Association on Monday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom to network with our local and diverse small businesses, and learn what issues may be impacting our small business community. This week: hear from leaders of the Palm Springs Sister City Committee to learn of their current activities in developing this effort, and identifying potential International and US partner cities to gain the most mutual benefit. A number of the Palm Springs Sister City Committee are DBA members, including co-chairs Al Jones and Jeffrey Bernstein, David Perry and Willie Rhine. More info
Evening for Equality feat. Senator Alex Padilla
Join Equality California on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. for Evening for Equality, an evening of online conversation and entertainment to raise critical funds to support the organization’s work to ensure LGBTQ+ Californians have access to the resources they need to navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis and land on their feet. Participation in this virtual event is free and open to all, but please consider purchasing a ticket or making a contribution to support the work of Equality California. Special guests include U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman, Honey Mahogany and Peppermint. Get tickets
Luminary Matchup with Chita Rivera and Raymond Del Barrio
CVRep presents their final Theatre Thursday of the 2021 season with a Luminary Matchup on Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. This special matchup is between Tony Award-winning legendary actress, singer, and dancer, Chita Rivera, and choreographer of the Academy Award-winning film short West Bank Story; stage director and choreographer, Raymond Del Barrio. Free event, registration required. More info
Positive Life Series
The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s topic: “How to Stay Young as We Age—Healthy Eating for People Living with HIV” with Janelle L’Heureux, RD of APLA Health. Registration required. More info
Outbook Book Club
The Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Public Library present their LGBTQ monthly book club OUTBOOK on Wednesday, May 5 from 7:00–8:30 pm on Zoom. Connect with your fellow bibliophiles the first Wednesday of every month, with this month’s selection being “In the Absence of Men” by Philippe Besson. Upcoming selections include: “On Swift Horses” by Shannon Pufahl (Jun. 2), and “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham and “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf (July 7). More info
Gay Wine Weekends 2021 Announced
Out in the Vineyard has announced their plans for Gay Wine Weekends in 2021. Rather than a large gathering over one weekend, they are planning several gatherings throughout the summer, from June 19 through September 11, including a Pride Wine Tasting in San Francisco, A virtual Online Drag Bingo, an Afternoon Soiree in the historic Adobe at Three Sticks Winery in Sonoma, a Mix & Mingle at Macrostie Winery in Healdsburg, and more. Participation will be limited, make plans now! Learn more
A Conversation with Former Senator Barbara Boxer
The United Nations Association of the Coachella Valley presents “A Conversation with Former Senator Barbara Boxer” on Monday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. Experience Senator Boxer’s deep knowledge and experience not only as a Senator, but also her experience as a Valley resident and with issues that affect all of us, including: health, climate change, social justice, LGBTQ rights and more – and where renewed U.S. commitments to the United Nations is essential. Free event. More info
Bereavement Therapy Group
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert is presenting a new session of their Bereavement Therapy Group starting Monday, May 3 and continuing for 12 weeks on Mondays from 5:00–6:30 p.m. The closed sessions of Bereavement Therapy Group are offered via HIPAA-compliant Zoom calls, intended for those who have lost a loved one and want assistance in dealing with their loss and to talk with others who understand what they are going through. More info
“The Berlin Patient” Bench Dedication in Wellness Park
A bench and plaque will be dedicated in memory of Timothy Ray Brown on Friday, May 7 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in Wellness Park, near Desert Regional Medical Center. Timothy Ray Brown was an American considered to be the first person cured of HIV/AIDS. Brown was diagnosed with HIV while studying abroad in Berlin, Germany in 1995; he was called “The Berlin Patient” at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, where his HIV cure was first announced, and after that he dedicated his life to supporting research to search for a cure for HIV. More info
PALS Death Cafe
They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, May 6 at from 2:00–3:00 p.m., PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents a Virtual version of their Death Cafe. This is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. 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
Therapy for Late Life Depression
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is offering up to 25 free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions for those 60 and older who qualify, experiencing late life depression. This is an evidence-based protocol focused on relieving mild to moderate depression. For an initial assessment, email email@example.com or call 760-416-7899.
Virtual Events at The Center
Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? The LGBTQ Community 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 – Mondays 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.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Seated Wellness with Lynn Simonson – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Women’s Chat with Kim Kieler – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Chat with Stuart Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 95
John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr welcome special guests Director of Development for DAP Health James Lindquist. owner of Old Ranch Inn Jason Ball, Desert Business Association Executive Director David Powell, Brian Blueskye, Arts and Culture reporter at The Desert Sun, and comedians Vicki Barbolak and Jason Stuart.
The #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live, Fridays at 11:00 a.m. The#ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon, FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and more!
Sunday: Virtual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
DAP Health presents the 27th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards this Sunday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Palm Springs, as well as broadcast on social media (DAP’s Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter). Scott Nevins hosts this evening to honor women, mothers, and our frontline workers for all that they have done over this past year. There will be special musical performances by Shoshana Bean and Sheryl Lee Ralph; as well as by Palm Springs local diva Keisha D. DAP Health will also be celebrating their Hope Begins with Health campaign which will make it possible for DAP to double their efforts in providing mental health services, ending the HIV epidemic, providing COVID vaccinations and care, and access to healthcare for those who most need it. Registration is free with the option to make a tax-deductible donation. More info
Remembering the Golden Girls: Tickets on Sale Now
How well do you know your Golden Girls? The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide presents An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls on Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m., just ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. Come celebrate the Golden Girls with Season One writer Stan Zimmerman with fun trivia, clips from favorite episodes, prize giveaways, sing-alongs, and Q&A. Hosted by on-air personality Alexander Rodriguez from On the Rocks with Alexander and a regular guest on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast. Get tickets
Oscar Wilde’s London and Paris
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept and TheMenEvent present Oscar Wilde’s London and Paris on Saturday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. See the places where one of LGBTQ history’s most dramatic stories took place: the rise of fall of great gay author and martyr Oscar Wilde. Come see the restaurant where Wilde wined and dined his rent boys, the cafe where he lunched with Bosie and his father (!), the hotel room where he was arrested, and more. Your guide will be Professor Andrew Lear, founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the world’s first and only LGBTQ history and art tour company. Get tickets
Save the Date: ShortFest June 22–28
The 27th Palm Springs International ShortFest is returning for in-person screenings at the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Camelot Theatres on June 22–28, and will be the first film festival in California to hold all of its screenings in-theatre in 2021! Theatergoers will be required wear masks to enter venues, and stringent cleaning protocols will be followed. The ShortFest Forum returns with virtual classes and panels to make it more available to all, including international filmmakers unable to attend. ShortFest passes will go on sale on May 17 with schedule and tickets available the first week of June. More info