Gay Desert Guide Collage Feb 19 2021

Brad Fuhr CaricatureAs COVID cases continue to fall and the temperatures continue to rise, we are coming out of our long winter of discontent.

While still socially-distancing and keeping a mask on, there’s an emergence of new businesses and new optimism for our destination to come back.

And we’re here for you every day with news, events listings, our #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast and curated articles from our trusted partners.

Read today’s blog and take a listen to the podcast as we march through February!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 85

Join John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr, Brad Fuhr of GayDesertGuide.com, our favorite physician Dr. Laura Rush, lovable newsbear Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent.com and special guests: Lisa Vossler Smith, Exec. Dir. of modernismweek.com, from Pop Art Trevor Wayne at TrevorWayne.com, and the creators of OutAt.TV, Will Zakrajshek and Charlie Rosenberg.

The #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live at its new time, Fridays at 11:00 a.m.! Our podcast is brought to you by We Are Palm Springs, inviting locals to support local business!

The I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. Listen on Apple Podcasts and now available on iHeartRadio too!


LGBTQ Tour of Provincetown

Join the Fun & Games Dept. of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com on Sunday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m for a virtual LGBTQ Tour of Provincetown with Andrew Lear. This little fishing village at the end of Cape Cod is also one of the most fabulous LGBTQ resorts in the world. Smoldering as a burgeoning artists’ colony in the 1890s, the cover on its gay and lesbian social scene was blown off in 1915 when the Bohemians of Greenwich Village made Provincetown their summer headquarters. For over a hundred years it has welcomed partiers, artists, lesbian entrepreneurs, gay retirees, and everyone in between. Get tickets


Not Your Grandma’s Bingo

Chill Bar presents Not Your Grandma’s Bingo on Saturdays from 12:30–2:30 p.m. Join Sabryna Williams and the gang for a raucous game of bingo unlike any you’ve ever played. Your $5 suggested donation supports DAP Health (formerly The Desert AIDS Project), The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, The Trans Wellness Center and The Desert Rose Playhouse. Play for prizes and Chill Bar gift cards! More info


Modernism Week Online Experience Continues

While Modernism Week has rescheduled in-person events from February to April, the Modernism Week Online Experience is taking place throughout February, with a curated line-up of more than 20 new video programs created specifically for Modernism Week, like an Architectural Driving Tour of Palm Springs to name just one! (Many titles extended to stream through March 31 as well). More info


Cocktails and Kiki with Brothers of the Desert

Join the Brothers of the Desert on Friday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. for a Mardi Gras themed Cocktails and Kiki Party on Zoom. The evening of entertainment and fun includes singer Rick Ross, Chef Betty Berrysmith, Vice President Eric Davis, bar manager Neil Goetz and host Anye Elite. Register here


Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum

Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and The MenEvent.com present Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum on Saturday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. Throughout history, there have been nasty women—feisty path-breakers who make themselves heard. From an entire gallery dedicated to a female Pharaoh to paintings by and of famous suffragettes, the Met has a surprisingly rich collection of women who ruled, frightened, patronized, and politicked—in short, role models for today’s liberated woman. Learn about the powerful, ambitious, and intimidating women hanging on the walls of the Metropolitan! Get tickets


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This Week’s Crushes

Have you been following our Gay Desert Guide crushes on social media? Every Monday and Wednesday we are highlighting our man and woman crushes, which vary from local to global. Our Man Crush Monday this week is Charles Huff and Woman Crush Wednesday is Mary Bongard! Click their image here to see a fun slideshow, and to keep up with all our crushes, follow @GayDesertGuide on Facebook and Instagram


Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Join Miguel at the LGBTQ Center of the Desert for Jugando Con Orgullo LGBTQ Game Night, a virtual Zoom Scavenger Hunt on Friday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m. More info


Buying Property in Puerto Vallarta – Free Webinar on National Margarita Day

Monday, February 22 is National Margarita Day, so make your favorite flavor of margarita and dream of living in Mexico! The Agency’s Poncho Davalos will guide you through the steps needed and answer questions in Buying Property in Puerto Vallarta, a one-hour Facebook Live from 5:00–6:00 p.m. Learn about living in Puerto Vallarta, it is easier than you think – and affordable. More info


Black History Scavenger Hunt

Unity Ride 4 Homeless and Team Mom Charities will be hosting a Black History Scavenger Hunt on Monday, February 22 from 3:20–5:20 p.m. in Desert Hot Springs. Jam’n 99.5 FM Marker Broadcasting will be announcing the event, so listen while you search! Earn prizes and learn about Black history as you search for related items. Check out the map of locations [here] and follow Team Mom Charities and Unity Ride 4 Homeless for more info.


Mark Your Calendar: Virtually Red Dress Weekend

Since the LGBTQ Center can’t hold their annual Red Dress Dress Red Dance party in the usual way this spring, they are keeping the spirit alive with a Virtually Red Dress Weekend on March 20 & 21. Choose a physically-distanced activity of your choice and get active while engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising to raise $100,000 for the Center’s Community Food Bank! Fitness Influencer Craig Ramsay will guide you with virtual warm-ups on both days, lead a Virtually Red Dress 5K Run/Walk, and they will close out the weekend with a virtual Head Over Heels dance party featuring DJ Galaxy. More info


2021 HUMP! Film Festival Final Dates

What a fun way to celebrate love! Dan Savage’s all-new 2021 HUMP! Film Festival, a livestream event happening on various dates now through March 6. (Follow our link for the schedule) features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one just for this festival! It’s a carefully curated program with a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. HUMP! celebrates creative sexual expression and wants to change the way you see—and make and share—porn. Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

Next Week: 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.DTuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.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.

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.

LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel NavarroFridays at 2:00 p.m.

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

Making Connections During COVID: Men’s Discussion Group with Arlen Keith Leight, LCSW, Ph.D
1st and 3rd Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

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


NAGAAA Cup Tournament

The 2021 NAGAAA Cup Softball Tournament (it stands for North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance) is planned to go on, here in Palm Springs this year, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28–30. The NAGAAA Cup is an annual invitational tournament that showcases the elite level athletes and highest rated teams of the A and B Division in NAGAAA. This year’s event is contingent upon Riverside County entering the Orange Tier status of COVID-19 transmission rates but organizers are confident that numbers are trending in the right direction and they have 16 teams registered with more waiting to sign up. The NAGAAA block of rooms at host hotel Margaritaville Resort is nearly sold out and all games will be played at the Big League Dreams sports complex in Cathedral City. More info


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