We walked – with our team at GayDesertGuide for DAP’s #DAW2020 on Saturday. No bands playing, no cheering volunteers and no PBJ and Doritos to end our walk. But still a sense of accomplishment and community as we watched others do the same and post on social media. According to DAP’s Darrell Tucci, “In a world filled with negative news – your participation in the Desert AIDS Walk and your generous contributions send an empowering message of hope and love to tens of thousands.”
November will be quite a month after we wrap October with a muted Halloween this weekend. We start with the election and then go right into Palm Springs Pride weekend. Our Light Up the Night decorating contest is just one of many virtual events that range from a KGAY 1065 dance party to our Main Street businesses holding a window decorating contest. It’s our time to celebrate, reflect and recharge for what is ahead for the rest of 2020 and for generations to come. Our fights are certainly not over, especially with the new imbalance on the Supreme Court. What are you willing to do for LGBTQ rights and visibility?
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
Palm Springs Pride: Light Up the Night
Palm Springs Pride is just around the corner, November 6–8, and Gay Desert Guide invites you to participate in our Light Up the Night display and contest by decorating your home or business with pink or rainbow lights. The best display could win you air travel for two on Alaska Airlines and other great prizes. So get your pink or rainbow lights today and start planning your display! Have it ready to show off by Friday of Pride weekend and stay tuned to our Facebook page for detail on how to participate in the contest. More info
And [click here] for a rundown of all the Palm Springs Pride 2020 events!
Modernism Week Fall Preview is Here
Modernism Week presents a Fall Preview Online Experience available as online video programs beginning October 15 and concluding October 31. The pre-recorded video programs and one livestream social event will include a guided home tour series of five significant Palm Springs residences; an entertaining driving tour of Palm Springs with Charles Phoenix; “The Best of Mod with a Twist,” humorous and informative presentations about midcentury pop culture; conference sessions from “Fast Forward: Designing the Future of Palm Springs”; two new documentary-style films about the preservation of architectural landmarks in Palm Springs: “Preserving Modernism: The Town & Country Center”, and “The Restoration and Stabilization of the Cornelia White Residence” in Palm Springs, and a Zoom-based happy hour. Get tickets
Zoom That Tune Virtual Game Show – Halloween Tunes
TheMenEvent.com presents Zoom That Tune Virtual Game Show – Halloween Edition on Monday, October 26 at 4:15 p.m. It’s a blast! Join in for lots of laughing, socializing and Type A competitiveness as you test your knowledge of music in this fun interactive event. This month, all of the songs will all be associated with HALLOWEEN, served up by DJ Stevie Beat. Once everyone is in we will socialize a bit then your host will play snippets from 30 well established songs (3 rounds with 10 clues each). The first person who can guess the most wins! Get tickets
Christopher Carothers “Growing Up in a Hollywood Home”
CVRep’s Theatre Thursday presents “Growing Up in a Hollywood Home” with Christopher Carothers on Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. Join Carothers as he reprises his popular one-man show with a spooky twist! The show features songs by the Sherman Brothers, an unpublished song by Anthony Newley, and numbers from Carothers’ career in musical theatre, and has been lauded as “an extraordinary night of cabaret.” More info
Community Conversation: Let’s Talk about Race
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert presents Community Conversation: Let’s Talk about Race on Thursday, October 29 at 12:00 pm. Hosted by Lex Ortega, this virtual space is designed to get us all talking together about race, and more critically, about White Supremacy, anti-Blackness, and more. You might feel more familiar with these terms and ideas, or you might be at the beginning of your journey. Wherever you are, this is an opportunity for us to move through it together. More info
Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses is Available
The application period for the Riverside County/Main Street Launch Grant Phase 3 for up to $10,000 is open through October 30th. Even those who previously received federal relief can apply. Learn more
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the Small Business Administration is still open. (No more cash advance at this time.) Learn more
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 – 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.
Conversational Spanish with Guillermo Biro – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Trans Tuesdays with Jill Hingston, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Wednesdays at 3:00 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.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
The Economic Future of the Coachella Valley
A free webinar series from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Palm Springs Life, and SBEMP Attorneys continues on Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. to explore the question of how the Coachella Valley will bounce back from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this installment, “Retail and Restaurants,” presenters Michael Braun (Grit Development), Tara Lazar (f10creative), and Patrick Klein (The Gardens on El Paseo) discuss the state of retail and restaurants in the Coachella Valley— from the impacts on sales and employees to the new world of risk reduction. More info
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 68
Hosts John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr are joined by a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in HIV, Lucy Ung, PharmD, plus publisher, editor, journalist Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com and our pal Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com. We run the gamut of medical/pandemic news, Light Up the Night virtual PRIDE celebrations, the 2020 Virtual Aids Walk, and we surveyed 100 LGBTQ+ folks to play a fun round of Shann’s Friendly Feud! [Listen] or [Watch]
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LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. Come back to our LGBT History Month Page each day to learn something new! [See today’s Icon Here]
THIS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND
Frightful Tour of the Metropolitan Museum
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept and TheMenEvent.com present a Frightful Tour of the Metropolitan Museum on Saturday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. In the obscure and hidden corners of the Metropolitan Museum there’s a world of strange, unusual and sometimes chilling artifacts—things you’d never imagine are hiding in plain sight. Learn about ancient Egyptian vases for storing mummified entrails, New Guinea’s headhunters, African power figures stuck full of nails, and more; you’ll realize that in addition to celebrating beauty, art also explores anxiety, death, violence and our darkest fears. Get tickets
Halloween Double Feature with Masked Costume Contest
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is presenting a Halloween Double Feature on Saturday, October 31. This “Cinema Under the Stars” experience features a trick-or-treat bar, with picnic tables and “bring your own” chairs, and a Masked Costume Contest with prizes. There will also be two short trivia contests with prizes before the first film, 12 Hour Shift, and intermission as well as an announcement of the “secret” second film…will it be a Trick or a Treat?! More info