Brad Fuhr Caricature
Thursday morning, we’ll be on Facebook Live for the 100th episode of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast with co-hosts John Taylor and Shann Carr.  Ron DeHarte from Palm Springs Pride will be joining for an exclusive sneak preview of Palm Springs Pride 2021.  Streetbar has lent is their front patio for the vodcast and we’ll be joined by our besties for a look back and a look ahead.  If you can’t join us live, we’ll still be on your favorite podcast platforms and Outat.TV on Friday.
Pride month is here, and I still get questions about why we don’t celebrate our Pride in June.  Just look at the predicted high temps for the answer.  But we will still find ways to mark the worldwide celebration with a few local events.  Read on for details!
There’s much that can be  said about Jeffrey Sanker, the creator of White Party, who passed away on Friday. He was beloved for his events both here and abroad, but his missteps during COVID in Mexico raised the ire of many.  It also put into doubt the return of White Party to Palm Springs.
While the event is still on the calendar, we will keep you updated as his company Sanker Productions releases more information.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide 
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VillageFest is Returning to Downtown Palm Springs July 1

After a long COVID break, the Palm Springs City Council has voted to re-open VillageFest, the popular Thursday night downtown street fair along Palm Canyon Drive, starting Thursday, July 1 with a smaller footprint and safety protocols, then expected to expand to its original length in the coming months. Summer VillageFest hours are 7:00– 10:00 p.m. There will also be a one-time mini-Village Fest on Tahquitz Canyon Way between Palm Canyon and Indian Canyon from 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 to celebrate “Palm Springs Back in Business” and the re-opening of California. Read more

Annual Memorial Day Celebration & Flower Drop

The renowned Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair returns with retooling for COVID protocols: instead of only one day, it will occur over two days: Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days. Salute and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice with a 1:00 pm ceremony followed by a Missing Man formation and dropping of red and white carnations from a vintage warbird. There will also be music, food, flight exhibitions, warbird rides, and more. On Monday, May 31 at 10:00 am, there will be a special unveiling and dedication for the new Tuskegee Airmen Statues with special guests. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Get tickets

Atomic Bingo Mondays with Ethylina Canne

Wilma and Frieda Palm Springs and Ethyl’s Place present Atomic Bingo every Monday starring Ethylina Canne. Reserve your table ahead of time (required) for an evening of great food, mid century vibes and 5 games of BINGO with Ethylina to make you smile and forget your cares! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. More info

New Palm Springs Art Bench Commemorative Poster

Palm Springs Art Bench Beautification Program artists will sign a new commemorative poster that will be presented to the Palm Springs City Council at Destination PSP on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:00 p.m. Last year, Main Street Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce worked with the Public Arts Commission to offer a series of grants to local artists to transform aging downtown benches instead of replacing them. Read more

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Outbook Book Club

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Public Library present their LGBTQ monthly book club OUTBOOK on Wednesday, June 2 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 “On Swift Horses” by Shannon Pufahl. Upcoming selections include: “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham and “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf (July 7). More info

Palm Springs City Hall and Other Facilities Re-Open Tuesday

With COVID-19 cases decreasing in the County of Riverside and more than 80% of Palm Springs residents over the age of 12 now fully vaccinated, the City of Palm Springs has that City Hall and other city facilities, including the lobbies at the Police and Fire departments, will re-open to the public for business again on Tuesday, June 1. Masks are still required inside, with physical distancing measures and hand sanitizer available.

Walk & Hike with Kim

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents Walk and Hike with Kim, occasional treks for women led by Kim Kieler. On Tuesday, June 1 join Kim at 8:30 a.m. for a hike at Whitewater View Loop Trail, a 3.7 mile, 659-ft elevation gain, moderate, lightly trafficked loop trail featuring beautiful views of the Whitewater Preserve’s valley. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. More info

Positive Life Series

The HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs presents the Positive Life Series on Tuesday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s topic: “40th anniversary of his first HIV reports in MMWR” with Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the physician who reported the first cases of AIDS to the CDC 40 years ago this month. Besides being an extraordinary HIV doctor to celebrities and ordinary people alike, he is also a physician-activist who helped found the American Foundation for AIDS Research with Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Mathilde Krim. Registration required. More info

Remembering the Golden Girls: Second Show Added!

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide SOLD OUT our first presentation of An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls, so we bring you a second show on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Oscar’s! Join season one writer Stan Zimmerman for 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. Check out Palm Springs Life’s interview with Zimmerman [here]. Act fast before this one sells out too! Get tickets

15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey

Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! 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. Make your voice heard! [Click here to take the survey]

The Dinah: Rooms Are Selling Fast

The world famous Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is the largest lesbian event in the world and they’ve been waiting to celebrate their “Dirty Thirty” 30th Anniversary. This year, The Dinah is scheduled for September 29–October 3 and tickets are selling fast, down to the last rooms at the host hotel, Palm Springs Hilton. Beyond that, overflow rooms will be available at The Courtyard Marriott. More info

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 99

We’re kicking off the holiday weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings! John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr are joined by theatre maven Stephen Radosh, V-Wine Lounge proprietor James Mortensen, CV Independent publisher Jimmy Boegle and On The Rocks Radio host Alexander Rodriguez!
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 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!

Virtual Events at The Center

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 their programs:
(No Meetings Monday, May 31 due to Memorial Day):
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. Returns June 14
Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 4:00 p .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 HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroFridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

PALS Death Cafe

They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, June 3 from 2:00–3:00 p.m., PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents their Death Cafe meeting on Zoom. 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


Outloud: Raising Voices

Taking place Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6, Outloud: Raising Voices is one of the first major global events to kick off Pride month. It will also be a triumphant return to an in-person Pride, hosting fans at a safe experience at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles. Featuring performances by Angel Bonilla, Chely Wright, Kim Petras, Sam Sparro, VINCINT featuring Parson James, Qveen Herby and Ty Sunderland, and Zhavia Ward. The day will also feature appearances and remarks by Angelica Ross, Conchita, Geena Rocero, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Valentina Sampaio, Yungblud and Whoopi Goldberg. On Sunday, Stonewall Day, Adam Lambert will host, perform and curate the lineup. Free to stream or get tickets for in-person attendance. More info

Cinema Under the Stars

The Palm Springs Cultural Center continues to run their outdoor Cinema Under the Stars program, but just a few weeks remain before they close it for the season. You can camp-out in your own chairs or reserve one of the available picnic tables. You may also pre-order a boxed dinner from Mildred’s Chicken & Waffle Dinners! On Friday, June 4 the film will be “Back to the Future: Part I” (with parts 2 and 3 to follow on subsequent Fridays), and on Saturday, June 5, it’s Lindsay Lohan in the Tina Fey-penned “Mean Girls.”  Get tickets

1869: The Birth of ‘Homosexuality’ in Germany

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present: 1869: The Birth of ‘Homosexuality’ in Germany on Sunday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Join Prof. Robert Tobin, author of “Peripheral Desires: The German Discovery of Sex” (2015) to learn the story of the German activists, physicians, and artists who started thinking about “homosexuality” in a modern way – 150 years ago! Can’t make the live event? Buy a ticket for the recording and watch the event in your own time to educate yourself about this revolutionary moment in Germany, a moment that affected gay rights forever. Get tickets

Ross Matthews’ Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch

V Wine Lounge is the new setting of Ross MatthewsDragtastic Bubbly Brunch, featuring some of the best Drag Queens in the business for a fun-filled escape from the ordinary, Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Scheduled to appear on June 6: Host Savannah Westbrooke with Madame LaQueer, Rock M Sakura, Fabeyonce, and Naysha Lopez. Show starts at noon, must purchase by the table to meet social distancing guidelines. More info