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Having watched “The Crown” during the pandemic was a great history lesson for me – albeit fictionalized. The story of the royals dating back nearly a century was captivating as much as titillating.

The weekend’s coronation of King Charles certainly brought back scenes from the Netflix series. I couldn’t help but picture Lady Diana riding in the gold carriage instead of Camilla. Nor could I put the “Camillagate” episode out of my head.

Locally, we’re making plans for the crowning of a different sort – tickets are on sale for October’s Leather Pride weekend. Many of our area bars participate by sending up a contestant for the weekend’s pageant. In just a few weeks, many in our leather community will make their way to Chicago for IML (International Mr. Leather) contest.

If Prince Harry wants to feel more welcome than he did at the coronation, maybe he should don a fetching leather outfit and join our celebration in October. He’s only two hundred kilometers away…

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs

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DBA Networking Mixer at BLACKBOOK

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The Desert Business Association presents their next Networking Mixer on Monday, May 8 at 5:30 pm at BLACKBOOK in Palm Springs. BLACKBOOK serves up award-winning craft cocktails and classic American comfort food that was named Palm Springs’ best restaurant in 2020. The BLACKBOOK name was inspired by the Nevada Gaming Commission’s “black book” of excluded persons. BLACKBOOK was named as an acknowledgment that everyone has felt exclusion at one time or another. BLACKBOOK is an inclusion establishment where everyone is welcome. Join in for some great food, drinks, and networking! DBA will also have their regular raffle that supports their LGBTQ Youth Educational Scholarships through Safe Schools Desert Cities, so bring an item to raffle, and some cash to buy tickets! More info

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

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The Harvey Milk Coachella Valley Diversity Breakfast takes place on Thursday, May 11 from 8:30–11 am at the Palm Springs Convention Center, starting with coffee welcome and breakfast, and a program beginning at 9 am. Gather to honor Harvey Milk and celebrate his legacy as a political and community leader who stood for justice and equality across the intersections of oppression, self-identity, and self-determination. Proceeds from this event benefit Coachella Valley youth through Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and LGBTQ youth-related programs. Commissioner Nicole M. Ramirez, Queen Mother of the Americas International Imperial Court System U.S.A. – Canada – Mexico will receive this year’s Harvey B. Milk Legacy Award. Get tickets

Palm Springs Speaks: Author Dave Barry

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The Friends of the Palm Springs Library will offer the next Palm Springs Speaks speaker for season four with an appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, bestselling author, and humorist Dave Barry on Tuesday, May 9 from 7:30–9 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. A VIP Reception, which begins at 6 pm, will enable a limited number of attendees to have an exclusive photo opportunity with Barry on the stage and receive a copy of his “Swamp Stories” book. Get tickets

The Center’s May Women’s Social

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Come meet other incredible women at The Center Women’s Social, presented by the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30–7 pm for a hosted reception at Impala. All LGBTQ+ women are welcomed! More info

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival

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The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the 2023 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival from Thursday–Sunday, May 11–14. Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader, Arthur Lyons, the popular Film Noir festival includes an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period. The Festival is known for unearthing and screening rare films, restored classics, and for the special appearances of the stars who were in them. Get tickets

CVRep Summer Cabaret Series

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CVRep presents their Summer Cabaret Series on Thursdays at 7 pm, and this week, it’s Alan H. Green on Thursday, May 11. “Powerful voice,” “dynamic stage presence” and “incredible versatility” are all phrases used to describe this charismatic Broadway veteran. Green has appeared in hit shows such as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, School of Rock, Sister Act and Play On! See our event listing to see the variety of talent lined up in this series: Get tickets

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park – Pat Benatar Tribute

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The City of Palm Desert is bringing live music back to the Civic Center Park amphitheater with a series of free, weekly concerts throughout the month of May. On Thursday, May 11 from 7–8:30 pm, it’s a return performance from We Belong, celebrating Pat Benatar and her husband, guitar player Neil Giraldo. This dynamic duo began in 1979, and their power ballads continue to pack venues today. A fitting tribute, married musicians Debbie and Mike Sierras have performed together throughout Southern California for over three decades and are back in Palm Desert by popular demand. Pack your picnic baskets, or enjoy delicious culinary creations offered by a variety of food trucks parked by the amphitheater. More info

Dante’s Drag Race Recaps Return Friday

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Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto is back on the beat and gearing up to offer weekly recaps of the upcoming Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, which premieres this Friday, May 12 on Paramount+ with a double episode! Check out Dante’s preview of the thirteen queens returning from earlier seasons to compete for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame, as well as some thoughts on why this is a time when, as Dante writes, “Now more than ever, it’s vital to stand up for and celebrate the drag and trans communities.” Read the full preview [here].

Medgar X’n James


The Palm Springs Cultural Center is excited to announce its collaboration with the Inner Circle Arts Society, a premier Black-owned arts group in Southern California, for the world premiere of Medgar X’n James on Friday and Saturday, May 12 & 13 at 7 pm. The original solo play, written by Inner Circle founder Joachim Moore, explores the lives and struggles of Medgar Evars, Malcolm X and James Baldwin. Get tickets

Sunnylands’ Films in the Gardens

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Sunnylands resumes its semiannual series of free outdoor movie nights, Films in the Gardens, with a selection of three culinary-themed movies presented in partnership with the Palm Springs Film Festival. On Friday, May 12 at 8 pm, they will show The Hundred-Foot Journey. The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open an Indian restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) Michelin-starred eatery, sparking an intense rivalry. This year’s film series celebrates the 2022-2023 exhibition, A Place at the Table: Dining at Sunnylands. Next week: East Side Sushi on Friday, May 19. More info

Architecture Tours by Modernism Week

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Architecture Tours by Modernism Week is a season-long series of high-quality, in-depth, small group tours, running now through May. The tours run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with most tours beginning at 9:30 am, departing from the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Modernism Week has partnered with PS Architecture Tours to enable participants to learn about the exciting architectural history of the Palm Springs area and experience midcentury modern culture and lifestyle. Get tickets

Before and After Your Expiration Date

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PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents The Care and To-Do’s Before and After Your Expiration Date – Part 2: Caring for the Body on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30–11 am via Zoom. PALS no-cost seminars present up-to-date information, resources and opportunities both for learning and engaging in essential “planning ahead” conversations. Explore the options for end of life, from traditional burial to green burial to composting – yes, composting, to donating the body to science. What information on the deceased is required by a mortuary? Should you shop around? What happens to the body if there is no advance planning? Who will care for your body? What is your plan if you die alone at home? Featured speaker: Kasey Scott, Advance Planning Counselor and Funeral Director, Wiefels Mortuary. More info


White Party Palm Springs

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White Party Palm Springs splashes down from Friday through Monday, May 12–14 at both the Palm Springs Hilton & the Convention Center. The ultimate LGBTQ+ Music Festival is entering its unprecedented 33rd year with 3 days and nights and a total of 7 amazing parties with global DJ’s, world class recording artists, and amazing specialty acts to keep you entertained non-stop all weekend long! Weekend Passes as well as individual event tickets are available. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all feature “Soaked!” pool parties at the Hilton Palm Springs Pool, and Friday is the Fluidity party where VINCINT will headline the performers with special guest the legendary Kevin Aviance. On Saturday, the White Out party is for traditional white or your favorite snow and ice costume fantasy, and Sunday features the Orbit T-Dance, outdoors across the street from the Convention Center with dance divas Cece Peniston, Robin S, Inaya Day, Crystal Waters, & Ultra Naté performing. If you can’t make it in person, join us on the air! KGAY’s John Taylor will be LIVE at the Orbit T-Dance, broadcasting updates on all the goings-on from 4–6 pm during the KGAY Sunday T-Dance show. White Party Weekend wraps up Sunday night with the Escape closing party, back inside the Convention Center. Get tickets

A Cabbello: A Little Bach/A Lotta Bacharach

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A Cabbello presents A Little Bach/A Lotta Bacharach at 3 pm on Saturday, May 13 at PS UNDERGROUND, a unique, cabaret-style Palm Springs venue. Get ready to experience the creative geniuses of these two amazing composers, working centuries apart, who broke ground and smashed conventional ideas of form, harmonies, and in the case of Bacharach–songwriting. For many of us, this music was the soundtrack of our younger days. Come revel in his groundbreaking, sophisticated style which he perfected along with his lyricist Hal David, and their muse Dionne Warwick. You’ll hear some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s genius in re-imagined ways, too! Get tickets

Mom’s Dead – An Evening of Comedy with Shann Carr

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Shann Carr presents Mom’s Dead – An Evening of Comedy on Saturday, May 13 at Weifel’s Mortuary Chapel at 7 pm. Shann is workshopping her first scripted comedy concert, and this will be a fun, 3rd workshop-night of the raw and raucous stories she’s waited a lifetime to tell about her brilliant, dynamic and evil-genius mother: “Come forget about your family drama and laugh at mine. A really funny and sorta awkward evening of love, loss and laughter.” Get tickets

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The Purple Room Supper Club presents John Lloyd Young on Friday and Saturday, May 12 & 13. Broadway’s Jersey Boy is the Tony and Grammy award-winning Frankie Valli from Broadway’s Jersey Boys as well as the star of the Clint Eastwood directed Warner Bros film. The show is a celebration of classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock ‘n’ roll, Doo-Wop, and R&B standards. Dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm. Get tickets

The Last Five Years – A Modern Musical

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Desert Theatreworks presents The Last Five Years, A Modern Musical, from May 12–21. Told through inventive, funny and powerful songs, The Last Five Years is a two-character musical that navigates the ins and outs – and ups and downs – of a marriage. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), this Drama Desk Award winner is the beautiful story of a couple’s five year relationship. Get tickets

The Fab Four Beatles Tribute at The Show


The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Rancho Mirage presents The Fab Four Beatles Tribute on Saturday, May 13 at 8 pm. The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude”, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. Get tickets

RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2023


RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2023 takes place Friday and Saturday, May 12 & 13, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Meet your icons, shop incredible industry vendors, and see show-stopping performances and surprises alongside thousands of like minded drag enthusiasts just like you. See the queens walk in real life in the infamous Walk of All Walks on Friday, with nonstop main stage performances all weekend and after hours parties too. Get tickets

We Are Queer LGBTQ+ Youth Picnic

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Join the Environmental Education Collaborative’s Equity and Justice Community of Practice for We Are Queer, a fun-filled community picnic for queer youth on Saturday, May 13 from 10 am–2 pm at the Whitewater Preserve. This is a FREE youth picnic for our LGBTQ+ community, all ages welcome, come for community connection, arts & crafts, storytime, guided nature and bird walks, waterplay and a raffle. More info

City of Indio presents Forward Motion Band

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The City of Indio presents Second Saturdays Center Stage on Saturday, May 13 from 6–9 pm, this month featuring music by Forward Motion Band. Second Saturdays is a FREE community concert series for all ages located in downtown Indio in a safe, fenced-in, “outdoor living room.” Enjoy family activities, local food vendors, and craft beer. Come dressed for the weather and the themed occasion. More info

Chubfest at CCBC


Come and enjoy the sun and fun at CCBC Resort with the friendly and diverse Chubfest crowd, Friday–Sunday, May 12–14. Big or small, all are welcome, with or without clothing. DJ Rick will be spinning tunes poolside Friday and Saturday. Stocky photos will be onsite Friday & Saturday afternoon/evening with the 360 Video booth setup. Stop in and get your free 360 video. Also they will be at the waterfall Saturday afternoon for pictures. Bring some friends and make it a picture to remember. You get a printed copy to take with you! More info

Art Pop-Up to Benefit AIDS Memorial Sculpture

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Grand Central is hosting Art to Go, a three-day pop-up art sale from Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 from 8 am–8 pm daily to benefit the Palm Springs AIDS Memorial Sculpture Task Force. Donated work by 50 amazing artists includes pieces by Kippi Leonard, Lynda Keeler, Julie Weiman, Kevin Goddess, Trevor Wayne, and others. An Opening Reception takes place Friday from 5–7 pm. Funds raised by the sale of artwork will further fund the creation and installation of a permanent AIDS memorial, designed by local artist Phillip K, Smith, III, in downtown Palm Springs. Learn more

Friends of Dorothy Pride Award Showcase

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The College of the Desert Pride Leadership Team presents the Friends of Dorothy Pride Award Showcase on Friday, May 12 from 6–8 pm in the Pollock Theater on the Palm Desert campus. Students who received the CV Pride Scholarship will receive recognition plus there will be awards and a fashion and drag show.

Novio Boy

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The Green Room Theatre Company Presents the Award-winning Novio Boy on Saturday, May 13 at 1 pm at Grace Church in Desert Hot Springs. As a colorful, romantic comedy about the anxieties and ambitions that the main character experiences to transition from childhood to adolescence, the story centers around a first date and the concerns, anticipation, and steps to social maturity leading up to, and through the date. Get tickets

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

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Bus Stop Productions presents Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man in the Tropics Lounge at the Margaritaville Resort on Fridays and Saturdays through May 27, with two shows per night at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. This popular play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly meet the authors event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky stage assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Get tickets

Annual LGBTQ Community Survey

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We at KGAY 106.5  and Gay Desert Guide ask you to please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 17th 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. The report will be published on the website for free download on approximately August 15. 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. Please [click here] to start the survey


Visitor Map & Guide Spring Edition

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The Spring 2023 edition of our Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide (great for locals too!) is available now around town and online. We help you find everything you need to know while visiting or living in the Coachella Valley, featuring the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attraction, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. You can also view it online, and download the PDF [here].

Click below to sign up for our Gay Desert Guide Oasis Insiders Newsletter to get our Weekly Blog, Top 3 Events for the weekend, Hot Deals and Cool Events all delivered to your inbox every Friday!

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KGAY 106.5 wants to send YOU on a Brand g LGBT+ vacation to the Pacific Northwest sailing down the Columbia River! Listen Weekdays At 8 am, 1 pm or 5 pm for the KGAY 106.5 Song Of The Day. Then visit the KGAY Contest Page to enter the song name and you’re registered to win our Brand g Columbia River Cruise, sailing in June 2024. You’ll start your 8 day trip in historic Spokane and then enjoy breathtaking scenery from the luxury of your private veranda onboard the American Empress through Oregon and Washington…plus Brand g signature entertainment! Increase your chances to win by entering every weekday!

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The KGAY Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is not only the life of the party, she’s also a cover girl on magazines and billboards, a television entertainer, and an award winning producer, director, lyricist and performer. Her moniker is “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week on the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm. Listen online

KGAY Saturdays Ross Mathews

Ross Mathews hosts his popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 airs on Saturdays from 11:00 am–2 pm. That’s 50% more Ross because now it’s a three-hour show! Ross is a part-time Palm Springs resident and currently working on The Drew Barrymore Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race and many other projects. He brings celebrity gossip and news, plus a rundown of what’s happening each weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings as he plays some of his favorite dance hits each weekend on KGAY. Listen Online

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The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect party music! Listen Online

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For 24 years, Q Trading Company is the go-to place in Palm Springs for LGBT shoppers and their friends. Always affordable and friendly, Q Trading offers a wide selection of adult toys, lubes, gifts, cards and clothing, plus a large curated collection of LGBT books, and exclusive Merman ornaments from Christopher Radko and December Diamonds. Q Trading is Palm Springs’ Gay Shopping Mecca, open every day 10 am–6 pm, next door to Tool Shed on Sunny Dunes. Learn more


At Palm Springs Cleaning and Disinfecting, they provide the Coachella Valley with professional, confidential biohazard cleanup services, commercial cleaning and janitorial services. Backed by more than 20 years of experience, their team of Coachella Valley cleaning professionals will provide service to bring peace of mind, regardless of what the situation is or what type of business it may be. Learn more

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We also have Hot Deals at Zin American Bistro, Willie’s Modern Fare, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon, Hunters Nightclub, V Wine Lounge & Martini Bar, Low Desert Modern Mexican, Boozehounds, Desert Mischief, Jolene’s, Rick’s, Trevor Wayne Pop Art, AMP Sports Lounge, Monster Shakes, Eight4Nine and more! See All Deals

Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2023 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.

Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” Ross Mathews is on Saturdays from 11 am–2 pm, John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 am and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

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Don’t miss “This Way Out,Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)