Now I’m 64! How did The Beatles at their tender age write such songs as “When I’m 64”? It may have been by observing their elders. Something I’m doing while visiting the parents in Michigan and celebrating another year around the sun. Mom and dad pulled out pictures dating back from my birth as we reminisced at the family cabin.

Did I look “gay” back then? Only in a couple of photos is there any foreshadowing – unlike others I’ve seen posted lately where the subject was obviously meant for a life of rainbows and unicorns.

I’m coming back to preparations for our Fall Season of Fun as we look forward to “Pride Under the Pines”, our SCORE Mentoring event, Modernism – October, Halloween and Pride –

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

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“Score” Help for your LGBTQ+ Business

“SCORE” Coachella Valley, Gay Desert Guide and KGAY present: “SCORE” Help for Your LGBTQ+ Business and DBA Mixer on Monday, October 3 from 4–7 pm. Learn about how small business owners and entrepreneurs can sign up to get access to free SCORE mentoring and other resources. KGAY/Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr will share insights about local and national LGBTQ consumer trends. He’ll share data from Community Marketing and Insights, the largest annual LGBTQ community survey, and examine social media trends as well. Following the presentation, there’s a DBA business networking mixer providing a unique opportunity to network with small business professionals and organizations from the Coachella Valley. Free event, registration required. More info

September Center Social at The Hyatt

The September Center Social presented by the LGBTQ Center of the Desert will be in the gorgeous atrium of the Hyatt Palm Springs on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30–7 pm. Let’s beat the heat and step into the lobby with refreshing drinks and community vibes, for a good time meeting with your friends and also making new ones. More info

L-Fund Financial Seminars: Balance

The L-Fund is offering the community Financial Seminars for lesbians and allies to learn and discuss personal finances with the second in a three-part financial planning seminar and social series, on Wednesday, September 28 from 6–7:30 pm at The Flannery Exchange in Palm Springs. Seminar Two is titled “Balancing Life Today and Dreams for Tomorrow,” about making smart decisions about today while planning for tomorrow, plotting your journey to retirement into doable steps so it’s manageable, maintaining financial balance by being prepared for risks and unexpected events, and creating a meaningful legacy today. Free event, registration required. More info

Healthcare in Retirement

OakHeart Financial Group is presenting Health Care in Retirement: Medicare Cost, Changes and Options on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 6–7:30 pm at The Flannery Exchange. This social and seminar will have also have beer, wine and light bites. More info

Valley Wide Employment Expo

Looking for a new career? There’s a one-stop shop for opportunities – the 27th Valley Wide Employment Expo, taking place Wednesday, September 28 from 9 am–1 pm in-person for the first time in two years at the Fantasy Springs Casino Special Events Center. You can network with dozens of local employers offering hundreds of available jobs in many industries — Logistics, hospitality, gaming, law enforcement, healthcare, and much more. More info

The Male Pelvic Floor

Eisenhower Health and The Center present The Male Pelvic Floor: Understanding Incontinence & Pelvic Pain via Zoom on Wednesday, September 28 from 4–5 pm. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common condition that can lead to pain, incontinence or the inability to correctly relax and coordinate the muscles in your pelvic floor to urinate or have a bowel movement. Many men also may have problems having or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction or ED). Please join Jim Reed, PT, MHA, DPT, a pelvic floor physical therapist, as he discusses what may be causing these symptoms and what you can do to help restore and maintain healthy pelvic function. More info

Vote KGAY and John Taylor for Best of Desert 2022

The Desert Sun has opened the final round of voting for Best of Desert 2022, celebrating and recognizing the best our community has to offer, and both KGAY 106.5 and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor are among the nominees in the Local Radio Station and Radio Personality categories, respectively! Both can be found under the “Media” category of the ballot. Votes can be placed through Friday, September 30. Vote today!

Prime Timers of the Desert Monthly Dinners

The Prime Timers of the Desert September monthly dinner will be at Cafe One Eleven at The Agua Caliente Casino in Cathedral City on Wednesday, September 28 from 5–7 pm. The Casino will be giving away “Stay and Play” certificates. Cocktails will begin at 5 pm, and dinner orders will be taken at 6 pm. Three-course, custom menu for the Prime Timers of the Desert for $35 includes all non-alcoholic beverages. Tax and tip are not included. RSVP Required. More info

Palm Springs Art Museum Summer Film Series Concludes

The Palm Springs Art Museum and The Palm Springs International Film Society present the final screening in their Summer Film Series on Thursday, September 29 at 6 pm with the film 499, directed by Rodrigo Reyes. Upon the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish Conquest, a ghostly Conquistador arrives in modern Mexico. He journeys toward the capital along the epic route of Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés, from the coast of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City. Through his gaze, events from the past are remembered alongside the testimonies of real people who are the survivors of contemporary violence, the failed war on drugs, and the victims of the current humanitarian crisis in the country. The screenings are free and coincide with the Free Thursday Nights program of the museum, supported by the City of Palm Springs. More info

Desert Blues Revival: SugarMill Slim

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, September 28, SugarMill Slim takes the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets

Jazzville: Bob DeSena Latin Jazz

Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five, takes place at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! On Thursday, September 29 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville is excited to welcome back Bob DeSena Latin Jazz. Growing up with music all around him, Bob always loved the sound of the vibes and its contribution to Latin music. An impressive musician with a Vegas-style swagger, Bob DeSena plays vibes, trumpet, flugelhorn along with his killer Afro-Cuban band! Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets

LGBT Business Enterprise Certification

The Desert Business Association presents LGBTBE Certified? Now What? on Wednesday, September 28 from 12–1:30 pm via Zoom. This free, 90-minute workshop will explain about what are the next steps after getting LGBTBE Certified, and discuss some of the benefits of certification for businesses that are 51%+ owned/controlled by an LGBTQ person. Presented in conjunction with the NGLCC, T-Mobile, and other California LGBTQ Chambers. More info

Rancho Mirage Chamber Marketing Summit

The Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce is hosting the inaugural Marketing Summit for area business owners and marketing professionals in the Coachella Valley on Friday, September 30 from 8:30 am–2:30 pm. They are bringing together a variety of experienced speakers and trending topics for a day of education, networking and exploration of exposure and cool advertising opportunities. More info

Sunnylands Films in the Gardens

On Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm, Sunnylands will present the third in a series of Films in the Gardens. The film will be the Agatha Christie mystery Evil Under the Sun (1982). Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnics. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. More info


Pride Under the Pines

Pride Under the Pines, the Idyllwild Pride Festival, is this Saturday, October 1 at the Rustic Theatre in Idyllwild-Pine Cove. Come for a great day filled with fun, laughter, celebration and love with food, bars and entertainment hosted by Sabryna Williams, featuring Transgender singer/songwriter Alexa Abraxas and Thea Austin from Snap! KGAY’s DJ Galaxy will be providing the beats. You can purchase general admission or VIP tickets for the festival, or the festival plus a screening of The Birdcage, and a bus-ful of early ticket buyers get to catch a ride on the now sold-out KGAY Party Bus with John Taylor, taking off from Palm Springs, taking you to Idyllwild and back! More info

One Night Out: Havana Nights

Step back into old Havana for One Night Out, Havana Nights on Saturday, October 1 from 7–10 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This lively vintage entertainment event will inspire mambo moves and the cha-cha-cha with live music, stunning classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, fedoras, and fabulous photo ops. Experience tantalizing tastes and signature sips from Lulu Catering, and dance all night to the delirious beats of the Gand Band & DJ ModGirl. Proceeds benefit The Foundation for Palm Springs Unified School District. Get tickets

Gay4Good Palm Springs is volunteering to register guests for One Night Out, sign up to volunteer! More info

The Miracle Worker Opening Weekend

Desert Theatreworks presents The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, from September 30 through October 9. The classic play returns to the DTW stage, reimagined for a new audience. This family drama is based on the true story of a young deaf and blind girl, Helen Keller, and her dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan, who struggles to reach into Helen’s isolation and bring her into contact with the outside world. Don’t miss this powerful new staging of a beloved story. Get tickets

Titanic the Musical Opening Weekend

The Palm Canyon Theatre presents Titanic the Musical from September 30–October 16. Based on the story of the RMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, this musical takes audiences on a journey unlike any other account of this historic voyage. As crew and passengers are introduced, their conversations reveal their social status and satisfaction with life. When the ship’s owner demands that the captain increase speed to arrive in New York early, the Titanic collides with an iceberg, creating a chaotic and dangerous situation for all. Get tickets

Bullying: A Community Symposium

The City of Palm Springs’ Human Rights Commission and the Coachella Valley Firebirds present a free community forum and discussion, Bullying: A Community Symposium on Prevention and Intervention Strategies to coincide with National Bullying Prevention Month on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am–12 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Judy French, Coordinator, National Bullying Prevention Center – Los Angeles. A panel of subject matter experts, including representatives from, Queer Works, the Palm Springs Unified School District, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs, and the Palm Springs Police Department will also share their insights on this important topic. More info

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

The “sensory extravaganza” of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience opens this weekend at The Forum at Empire Polo Club, running from September 30–November 27. The tour of this show has sold over 3 million tickets globally making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions. Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. Get tickets

STILL Ready. Resilient. Brave. Cocktail Reception

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest presents the STILL Ready. Resilient. Brave. Cocktail Reception, taking place at a private residence in Palm Springs on Friday, September 30 from 5:30–8:30 pm. With the Supreme Court recently overturning Roe v. Wade, and state legislatures around the country passing a record number of abortion restrictions, California is now a refuge for out-of-state patients seeking access to safe and legal abortion. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest is prepared for the long fight ahead, growing and ready to meet the needs of people in our communities and beyond as patients come to us from out of state. More info

9th Annual Reel Women’s Film Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Reel Women’s Film Festival takes place October 1–15 streaming online, with an in-person program on Saturday, October 15 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The festival is championed by a committee that works to bring diverse and inspiring films about women to the screen. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, serving Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial counties. More info

Santana Lead Singer Andy Vargas

The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino presents Andy Vargas, the lead singer for Latin rock, funk, and soul legend Santana on Saturday, October 1 at 7 pm. The free, live concert features opening band Outlaw Mariachi. “We are going to bring all of the fire to the Rock Yard that we bring when performing with Santana,” Vargas said. “I treat every performance as if it’s my last performance. So, expect a high energy show because we are going to get up there and let it all out.” More info

A Few Good Men & Women

The Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House is kicking off the giving season with its annual gala and awards ceremony, A Few Good Men and Women, on Friday, September 30 at 5:30 pm. This year’s event at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage will honor eight distinguished men and women from the Inland Empire who have made an impact on the communities of the Coachella Valley in which they live and serve. The evening will include a red-carpet entrance, entertainment, cocktails, silent and live auctions, and delicious food. See our event listing for a list of honorees and more info: Get tickets

ONE-PS Candidate Forums

Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (One-PS) and the Palm Springs Cultural Center present One-PS Candidate Forums on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2 from 1–4 pm each day, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Saturday will feature Palm Springs City Council District 3 candidates Ron De Harte & Joy Meredith, plus Desert Water Agency Candidates Stephan Bronack, Steve Grasha & Marcus Miceli. On Sunday, the forum will consist of District 1 candidates Grace Garner & Scott Nevins, and District 2 candidates Jeffrey Bernstein & Renee Brown. The forums will be moderated by Mark Talkington, Palm Springs Post Editor. More info

Gardens to the Rescue Pet Adoption Event

Join Animal Samaritans, along with other local shelters, at the Gardens to the Rescue Pet Adoption Event sponsored by the Bianca Rae Foundation on Sunday, October 2 from 10 am–1 pm at the Gardens on El Paseo. Lots of animals will be there looking for loving homes! Also enjoy entertainment and pet themed vendor booths. More info

Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market Moves to Sundays

Palm Desert’s weekly Certified Farmers’ Market moves to Sundays from 8 am–1 pm, starting this Sunday, October 2. The location is also returning to its original spot for over a decade in the sun-dappled Entrada Center, at the corner of Highway 111 and El Paseo, between the Chamber of Commerce and the new home of the Artists’ Council. The market’s nearly two-dozen farms are regionally-based, most within 100 miles of Palm Desert, and provide a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables. In addition to the wonderful produce, the market offers a mouthwatering array of other products such as farm raised meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, organic coffee, flowers, prepared foods, chocolates, soaps, and more. More info

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

Song of the Day VACAYA Caribbean Cruise Giveaway ​

KGAY 106.5 wants to send you on a VACAYA LGBT+ VACATION to the Caribbean for a full-ship LGBTQ+ cruise! You’ll be sharing and celebrating with 3,000 new friends in February 2023. You’ll set sail from Fort Lauderdale onboard “Celebrity Reflection” for 7 nights while enjoying world class dining, star-studded entertainment, signature VACAYA activities and mind-blowing parties! Listen for the VACAYA LGBT+ Caribbean Cruise Song of the Day at 8 am & 5 pm, and then go to the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page. Put in the name of the song, and you’re entered. The more days you play, the more chances you’ll have to WIN! (One entry per day). Brought to you by VACAYA, Visit Lauderdale, and KGAY 106.5!

KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN tickets to see Bros or Don’t Worry Darling at the Mary Pickford Theater, D’Place Entertainment in Cathedral City! You can choose which movie you want to see and win a pair of passes by entering on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page. Don’t Worry Darling stars Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh, and was filmed in Palm Springs including Canyon View Estates and at The Kaufmann Desert House. You won’t want to miss this piece of Palm Springs captured on film! Bros is the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy. Starring Billy Eichner, the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film, and Luke Macfarlane, the film also boasts an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast. Enter today!

KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is “The Pride of the Valley,” and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo! Check out our selection of apparel and other items emblazoned with the best radio station call letters: KGAY! Shop now

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 pool party music! Listen Online

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 2022 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.” 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.

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)