This Week in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: We have a kickoff to Palm Springs Pride at OUTPSP on Thursday, meanwhile Pride celebrations are soon taking place in San Gabriel Valley and Oceanside, and Desert Hot Springs, and you can even support DHS Pride by getting your car washed at Quick Quack! The Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference is in town, and “Intimacy Matters,” a new discussion group for Gay Men, begins at The Center. This weekend you can help Paint El Paseo Pink, and join the Desert Stonewall Democrats Annual Picnic too!

OUTPSP: A Kickoff to Pride Weekend

On Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m.,  the El Mirador Medical Plaza 4th floor outdoor patio will play host to OUTPSP, a Pride Kickoff brought to you by Greater Palm Springs Pride and Gay Desert Guide. Gather your friends and start Pride early with tastings from Coachella Valley Restaurants & Beverage Purveyors. Drop in and sip on a signature cocktail at our open bar while you watch the sun set behind the San Jacinto Mountains and listen to music by DJ Baz. The gathering is our opportunity to celebrate National Coming Out Day and meet the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade. Special thanks go out to our partners who are helping make this happen: Cafe Europa, Effen Vodka, Jim Beam, Tequilia DeKuyper, Joya Sangria, Desert Regional Medical Center, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, On the Mark, The Steakhouse @Spa Resort Casino, Wang's in the Desert, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Native Foods, Haus of Poke, Nothing Bundt Cakes, El Mirasol, Peabody's, Farm, AMP Sports BarGet tickets

Palm Springs Equality Awards This Weekend

On Saturday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m., EQCA’s Palm Spring Esquality Awards will honor the inspirational leaders and outstanding allied organizations whose selfless work helps create a more fair and just society. These are special times to celebrate community achievements while renewing our commitment to the fight for equality. Among California’s premier gala events, attendants regularly include leaders of the LGBT equality movement, and leaders from the business, nonprofit, civic and political landscapes. This year's Palm Springs Equality Awards honorees include: Don Lemon, anchor of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,  Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Vice Chair, House Democratic Caucus and local advocates Ann Sheffer & Bill SchefflerGet tickets

SGV, Oceanside, and DHS Pride Celebrations


The 17th annual San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival is returning to Pasadena's Central Park on Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and will feature live entertainment, author's forum, a health fair, community art project, classic car show, pet area and adoption, and children's area. More info


Also on Saturday, October 13: Oceanside's Pride By the Beach, presented by the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, to be held at Oceanside Civic Center from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The festival will have entertainment on two stages, midway games, a youth zone, and food. More info

The 2nd annual Desert Hot Springs Pride is on Sunday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Entertainment includes headliner Keisha D with Modern Men, College of the Desert Ballet Folklorico Dance Troupe, Kevin Miller, Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, JBoy, Jinza, Rocco Patrick, Larry Bennett, and more. More info


Quick Quack DHS Pride Fundraiser

Speaking of DHS Pride, Quick Quack Car Wash presents a fundraiser on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., at each of five Coachella Valley locations to benefit Diversity DHS. Bring in the flyer and a portion of the proceeds from your car wash will be donated! Get your flyer

Intimacy Matters: A Discussion Group for Gay Men

The LGBT Community Center of the Desert presents Intimacy Matters: A Discussion Group for Gay Men, beginning Saturday October 13th at 11:30 a.m. Take a deeper dive into intimacy and connection with Arlen Keith, LCSW, PhD. “Intimacy Matters” will meet on the second Saturday every month through January. You may attend all sessions or pay per session. More info


Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference

The 6th Annual Left Coast Literary Conference runs Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14 at the Mojave Resort and brings Lesfic readers, writers, and publishers together from around the U.S. to promote lesbian literature and to inspire up-and-coming writers. The LCLC consists of four fun-filled days packed with panel discussions, workshops, author chats, author readings, and a special keynote speaker event at the Palm Springs Library. Open to all Lesfic authors, editors, publishers and readers regardless of publishing status or publishing house. More info


Paint El Paseo Pink with the Desert Cancer Foundation

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the streets along the famous El Paseo Shopping District will be transformed for the Paint El Paseo Pink celebration happening from 7:00 am–10:30 am. With over 1,500 attendees and growing each year, this event is fun for everyone, including furry, four-legged friends! The walk begins at The Gardens on El Paseo, and then heads out onto El Paseo for a rousing, energetic lap of approximately 2 miles roundtrip. All proceeds directly benefit Desert Cancer Foundation. Register here

Desert Stonewall Democrats Annual Picnic

The weather is finally cooler, and perfect for the Desert Stonewall Democrats Annual Picnic on Sunday, October 14 from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs. This is a brief break from campaigning, and an opportunity to mingle with other members, local candidates and officials. Hamburgers and hot dogs supplied, bring a dish to share. More info

Purple Room Anniversary Month Special

Michael Holmes' Purple Room
is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this month, with Happy Hour prices all night long on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout October! Free entertainment on Tuesdays features Jazz Legend Rose Mallett, Wednesdays: Music of the Rat Pack Era with Michael Holmes and Kate Campbell, Thursdays: Sex, Sass & Song with Sharon Sills. Purple Room info

40 Under Forty Honorees Announced

The October 2018 issue of Palm Springs Life celebrates a new class of leaders and achievers under age 40 and we'd like to make a special shout-out to these friends of Gay Desert Guide!

  • Dennis Flaig: general manager, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Christy Gilbert Holstege: councilmember/attorney, City of Palm Springs
  • Abe Liao: general manager, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
  • Davis Meyer: partnership manager, Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Alexis Ortega: director of community engagement, The LGBT Community of the Desert

DBA Mixer Next Monday at 18|8 Men's Salon

On Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., join the Desert Business Association for their networking mixer, held at 18|8 Fine Men's Salon, celebrating their grand opening. Located at Kaptur Plaza next to the Renaissance Hotel, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon Palm Springs will be your haven for all men’s hair and grooming services. More info


2nd Annual Rancho Mirage Chamber Block Party

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 23 from 5:00–8:00 p.m., join the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce for their 2nd Annual Block Party. This free event will feature food, giveaways, and a live DJ from MIX 100.5, with 9 grilling vendors, beer & wine garden, pet adopt-a-thon, prizes such as a 3-day cruise, staycations, and more. More info