In case you missed our Thursday blog/email newsletter, PSP is expanding with three new airlines offering service this Fall and Winter.  Check our Latest News feed for the details.

This week we are offering a number of Fun & Games events including a free Gay Dog Dad Zoom Paw-ty, a trivia night and then “Daddies and their Hunters” Virtual Speed Dating on Saturday night.  We’ve had so much fun interacting with new people over a cocktail during these events.  I hope you’ll join in for at least one of them this week!

We’re planning for the “Light Up the Night” Pride event with Palm Springs Pride and will be announcing a contest for the best display here next week.  Pride weekend is a local affair this year with no parade (instead a caravan), no stages and no Pride festival.  We’ll make do in the this year of COVID-19 and look forward to 2021 for another full Pride celebration.  Fingers crossed!

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Check out what we have on tap from the Fun & Games Dept in September!

Speed Dating Events (also hosted by Shann):

Cinema Diverse LGBTQ Film Fest 2020

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival in its 13th year, running from now through Wednesday, September 30. They have re-envisioned the festival to continue to bring you the latest in quality LGBTQ+ cinema in the healthiest way possible. This year you can experience the festival in two unique ways: virtually from the comfort of your recliner at home or at the new PS Cultural Center Drive-In Experience,  showing six films over six nights. Virtual Cinema Feature Films, Shorts, and Documentaries are available online through PSCC’s Virtual Cinema program and can be viewed at your leisure, with All-Access Passes, Six-Packs, and Single Film passes available. More info

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 Desert Stonewall Democrats Discuss Ballot Propositions

The general meeting of the Desert Stonewall Democrats this month takes place on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. The agenda includes: A review of the November ballot propositions with Bridget McConaughy, Campaign Coordinator with CADEM; Ways to help GOTV (get out the vote) both locally and in critical races nationwide, with Elle K., Democratic Headquarters of the Desert; and an update on the Census as we near the deadline for completion, with Council Member Christy Holstege and Barrett Newkirk, Communications Manager, Alianza Coachella Valley. Registration required. More info

Gay Dog Dad Zoom Paw-ty

From the Fun & Games Dept and, it’s a Gay Dog Dad Zoom Pawty on Wednesday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m., and it’s free! Help Hugh Hysell of celebrate his new addition to the family, and bring along your own “children” for a night of casual conversations and fun games. There’s a friendly photo competition where you can pre-submit photos and vote for your favorites! More info

Monologue Mania from CVRep

CVRep’s Theatre Thursday series presents “Monologue Mania” on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. Artistic director Ron Celona has invited seven actors from past CVRep productions to bring key monologues from thought-provoking plays to life.  Performers include: Marina Re (Master Class/La Gringa), Angela Sauer (Venus In Fur/How I Learned To Drive), David Natale (The Chosen), Liana Arauz (La Gringa), Arthur Hanket (The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?), Franceli Chapman (White) and Vin Kridadorn (White). More info

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.

Knit Together with Doug Morris – Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Managing Emotions During a Pandemic with Jill Hingston, Ph.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Dating and Sex in the Age of COVID with Arlen Keith Leight LCSW, Ph.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Conversational Spanish – Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Beginner Tap with Keith Mottola – Tuesdays at 5:00 p.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.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroWednesdays 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 HugginsFridays at 10:30 a.m.

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry WigginsFridays at 3:00 p.m.

Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

Virtual Desert AIDS Walk Announced for Oct. 23–24

For the past thirty-four years of walking, the Desert AIDS Walk has ensured that those living with HIV and AIDS continue to thrive. Registration is now open for the 2020 edition, which will be presented virtually. The reason for “The Walk” has never really been about balloon arches or walker t-shirts. It has always been about the collective power of community and our shared vision of a future. This year, you register as always, create or join a team if you like, and then you can walk the traditional route or any neighborhood or trail of your choice! More info

Sunnylands Art Garden to Open to the Public for Free

1.5 miles of walking trails in the beautiful and historic Sunnylands Center & Gardens will be available free of charge to the public starting on Wednesday, September 16 and continuing Wednesdays through Sundays, from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Access to interior spaces, tours of the estate and public programming, such as yoga and tai chi on the Great Lawn, are currently on hold. Read more

Dennis Hopper Photography Exhibition

An exhibit of photographs by the late actor Dennis Hopper will be on display at The Lighthouse dispensary and boutique through the month of September in conjunction with the launch of the Hopper Reserve cannabis lifestyle brand, founded by Marin Hopper (Dennis’ daughter). See the world through the eyes of Dennis as photographer, born out of the cultural revolution of the 1960’s and beyond. His work has been exhibited all over the world, in Berlin, Spain, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, and now at Lighthouse locations in [Palm Springs] and [Coachella].

White Party Postponed to April 2021

White Party Palm Springs, originally postponed to October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been postponed again due to the statewide ban on large gatherings. Now set for April 23–26, 2021, tickets will automatically transfer to the rescheduled event. More info

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 62

We’re talking Celebrities, Creativity, Theater, Bears and yes…sigh…Covid. Hosts John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr welcome Dr. Laura Rush, Nino Eilets, publisher of, Brad Fuhr, Sherpa of all events and happenings at, author/producer Daniel Vaillancourt on a fabulous Star studded event you can be a part of, and founder Debra Ann Mumm!
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Virtual Speed Dating for Daddies and Their Hunters

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide, along with, present Virtual Speed Dating for Daddies and Their Hunters on Saturday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. Comedian Shann Carr will host an evening of introductions followed by several short one-on-one dates (in a private Zoom room, each lasting 5–6 minutes), then everyone merges back together for a fun game and conversation about dating. You could end up with a date, a friend, or business connection! This event is exclusively for ‘sons’ looking for a ‘daddy’ to love (and vice versa). See our other speed dating events for other ages and themes. Get tickets

The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and also present this weekend: A Queer History of the World: 10 Objects in the British Museum, on Sunday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. Join museum educator and LGBTQ historian Jack Shoulder on an hour long Zoom tour as he discusses ten of the museum’s most well-known LGBTQ-related objects, such as: Hadrian and Antinous, the poster boys for LGBTQ history; the world-famous Rosetta Stone and its queer connections, an LGBTQ object that’s about 11,000 years old, and more! Get tickets

KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Kristine W

Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series. This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. This Sunday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Kristine W, wrapping up the series! Get tickets

Front Row Center Features Local High School Performers

A new show, Front Row Center, is airing weekly, Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on KESQ-TV as a partnership between the PSUSD Foundation, KESQ-News Channel 3, and Musical Theatre University (MTU). This half-hour musical variety show gives students from the Palm Springs Unified School District’s four high schools invaluable experience as well as a record of their work, and will also help save The Arts in Palm Springs schools through donations to the Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation. Learn more

 Virtual PFLAG Meeting

Palm Springs PFLAG will hold a virtual meeting with facilitator Dan Smith on Sunday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom. PFLAG supports families of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning persons, and it’s a safe place for GLBTQI persons seeking validation. In addition to checking in, you can share your thoughts, feelings and insights: How do you think about the future? How can PFLAG-PS support you now and into that future? More info