April will be a full month of shelter in place and we’re finding new ways to be entertained, keep social distance and help our community through the pandemic. We’re covering it all at GayDesertGuide.LGBT.
We had a lengthy recording session today for the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast with guests ranging from Dr. Laura Rush to Clay Sales, mask-maker and Daniel Vaillancourt who had a tale of going through testing, quarantine and anxiety after bring on a cruise ship where friends tested positive for COVID-19.
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New Recommendation: Cover Your Face
The Riverside County Health Officer has released a new recommendation for all residents to cover their face, including their nose and mouth, when leaving home to help further slow the spread of COVID-19. It is part of the COVID-19 response to “Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, and Cover Your Face.” Learn more
Werq the World” Livestream Global Benefit
A global benefit hosted by Bianca del Rio in Los Angeles and Lady Bunny in New York will help support drag entertainers whose income has been affected by the shutdown of clubs and bars to slow the spread of COVID-19. The special will take place on Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m., streaming worldwide, and will include performances from Aquaria, Asia O’ Hara, Gigi Goode, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Plastique Tiara, Vanessa ‘Vanjie’ Mateo, Violet Chachki and Yvie Oddly. More info
Lizzo Social Distancing in Palm Springs
weekend, the iHeart Living Room Concert for America was held to raise funds to support first responders of the Coronavirus pandemic. Host Elton John introduced dozens of top musical acts, connecting via webcam for musical performances and a bit of chat, including a piece with singer-songwriter Lizzo, whose location was tagged as “Palm Springs.” She encouraged everyone to stay connected socially while remaining physically separated: “We have to let love spread.” Watch the special streaming online [here].
Global Pride 2020 Will be Online
With Pride celebrations around the world being postponed due to COVID-19, various Pride organizations are coming together for a Global Pride live-stream event scheduled for Saturday, June 27. The virtual event will feature musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. Keeping community connections alive! Learn more
Oasis at Home
The Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has created an “Oasis at Home” experience where you can find links to great Palm Springs experiences online with Virtual Tours, Live Virtual Workouts from local instructors, Virtual Cooking Classes, and even Live Performances from The Purple Room stage. Learn more.
Vibrant Virtual Gatherings at The Center
Are you self-isolating or sheltering in place and need Connection? Join The LGBT Center of the Desert for their virtual gathering Zoom meetings and stay connected with your community. Gatherings include: Seated Wellness/Chair Yoga, Connecting Women, Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine, Knit Together, and the open-forum Community Conversation. More info
Virtual Trans Peer Support Groups
The Borrego Health Department of Trans Medicine has had to postpone their in-person peer support groups for trans youth and adults, but they will move forward with virtual support meetings (via Zoom) until they are able to resume live meetings. Follow our link for meeting times and other participation details: More info
Eisenhower Needs Your Help
Eisenhower Health is on the forefront of fighting the Coronavirus here in the Coachella Valley, and to ensure they have adequate supplies for what is sure to be a long haul, they are looking to the community for any help with procuring this vital equipment: N95 Respirators, Masks, Disposable Gowns, Gloves, Sanitizer, and Disinfecting Wipes. Eisenhower has established a coronavirus supply and donation hotline: 760-837-8002 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Shopping Locally
The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has compiled a list of Palm Springs Retail Businesses who offer online shopping, a great way to pass the time while you’re sheltering in place, while supporting our local businesses, in categories like clothing, flowers, home decor, and more. Learn more
They have also posted a very useful Grocery Store Shopping Guide, with a list of tips for all shoppers to protect themselves and others, plus a rundown of grocery stores in our area with hours and notes on delivery options. More info
OPEN: Certified Farmers’ Markets
Operations have resumed at the Certified Farmers’ Markets (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta) continuing: Wednesday, April 1 in Palm Desert [more info], Saturday, April 4 in Palm Springs [more info], and Sunday, April 5 in Old Town La Quinta. Certified Farmers’ Markets are listed as an essential service to remain open during the Covid-19 Crisis and they are following a list of modifications to their normal operations for health and safety, including spacing of booths, no sampling or food prepared on site, and additional hand-washing and sanitizer stations.
Among Friends Happy Hour
Join Among Friends on Thursday, April 2 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. for a Virtual Happy Hour on cam, using Zoom. Make your own cocktail and get on cam (or just watch) to connect and play games like “pineapple” and the famous Among Friends card game. Don’t know what those are? Join in and find out! More info
Be sure to join the Among Friends Community Facebook group for written discussion and connection with the community of Among Friends, coming together to help each other out! Join here
Palm Springs Art Museum at Home
The Palm Springs Art Museum wants to stay connected with you during this public health crisis that keeps you from visiting the museum in person. They are sending out an “Artwork of the Week” message to highlight their permanent collection, where for just a moment you can feel like you’re at the museum taking your time to appreciate the artwork. You can also get inspired byactivities created by the museum team, featuring artwork chosen by their curators. Learn more
The Palm Springs International Film Society’s ShortFest is also providing material for your escaping pleasure. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday they are adding to their curated collection of short films available to stream from their site (like “How to Lose Weight in Four Easy Steps,” pictured here). Watch here
Support Desert AIDS Project’s Response to COVID-19
Desert AIDS Project leapt into action in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in creating a testing/screening as well as treatment site. This is no small undertaking. This new clinic will cost DAP $575,000 to operate over the coming months and they need your help to make this vital service available. Help us help DAP reach their goal. Give today
LGBTQ Community Survey
If you haven’t already, please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 14th 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. 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. Think of it as the gay census! [Click here] to start the survey
Palm Springs Coronavirus Hotline
A new hotline and email is now available for Palm Springs businesses and residents impacted by the spread of Coronavirus. Anyone with questions such as how to apply for unemployment, a small business loan, find information about recent City and State of California orders related to sheltering in place, parks, trails, golf courses, the moratorium on vacation rentals, homeshares, hotels and any other issue, can now call a Hotline Number at (760) 902-1155 or reach out via email to email@example.com.
Looking Ahead: Coachella Documentary
Just in time for the weekend that would have marked the start of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival (postponed to October this year), we have a new documentary, ‘Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert’, streaming free on YouTube starting Friday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. The film will feature behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and performances from the festival’s 20-year history. More info
Don’t miss the latest episode of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast, where Hosts John Taylor, Shann Carr, and Brad Fuhr get an update on the Coronavirus outbreak and what it means for our community. [Listen here]