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This time, we’re “sending you away” – to the last major Pride celebrations of the month. San Francisco, New York and Seattle are dancin’ in the streets with Pride. So whether you plan to travel to those cities this weekend – or live there – we’re highlighting them. It’s a bit more somber this year as our LGBTQ+ rights continue to be eroded and threatened.

And as I noted last week, we become more resolute as we note that Pride celebrations are a reminder that we have a long way to go. One step gayly forward, two steps back…

ShortFest provides a number of LGBTQ+ films to enjoy this weekend. The annual Gayla shorts on Thursday night will undoubtedly spawn a few winners which can then be viewed as “Best of the Fest”. We’ll bring those to you Monday!

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

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ShortFest 2022

ShortFest 2022, is underway, taking place now through Monday, June 27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Each program is a curated selection of short films, running roughly the length of a feature film when put all together. Awards and cash prizes worth $25,000, including five Academy Award-qualifying awards, will be announced on Sunday, June 26. The Best of the Fest shorts will screen on the final day, Monday, June 27. In addition to screening on June 27, the Best of Fest films will also be available to watch virtually July 1–10. Get ShortFest tickets


The Swimming Hole Pool Party

A new LGBTQ+ pool party, The Swimming Hole, comes to Palm Springs, presented by Hunters Nightclubs and Tyler Caiden. Dance, splash, and sip on Sunday, June 26 at Hotel Zoso’s chilled pool, starting at 11 am. This celebration of inclusivity features music by DJ Tyler Caiden, poolside games, go-go dancers, refreshing beverages, and more. More info


Women Winemakers Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood

Bouschet will host the Women Winemakers Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood on Sunday, June 26 from 3–6 pm. Have fun and enjoy giving generously to Planned Parenthood while sipping wines from some of the best women winemakers and winery owners. The Desert’s finest sommeliers and wine professionals pour these select wines, as Bouschet passes tasty appetizers, encouraging our generous support for women’s rights and unhindered access to quality, affordable healthcare. Get tickets


LA Pride! Pride is Universal

LA Pride once again presents Pride is Universal, on Friday, June 24 at 4 pm at Universal Studios Hollywood. With your ticket you may enter the park after 4 pm and enjoy the park with the general public until 9 pm when the park becomes “Pride-only” and closes to the public with many rides and attractions staying open. Two DJ’s will be spinning tracks throughout the park in addition to Main Stage entertainment. Get tickets


San Francisco, NYC, Seattle Pride

San Francisco Pride 2022 takes place this weekend, June 25 & 26, with the festival both days in Civic Center Plaza and the Pride Parade down Market Street on Sunday. This year’s theme Is “Love Will Keep Us Together.” After nearly three years since a traditional, in-person Parade and Celebration, this year promises a return to the festivities that have been sorely missed. The Main Stage headliner on Sunday is Martha Wash! More info

June goes out with a bang with the New York City Pride and Seattle Pride celebrations taking place this weekend as well. We know our readers from these areas love to visit Palm Springs, so be sure to mark your calendar for the Palm Springs Pride Festival and Pride Parade, on the other side of summer, the weekend of November 4–6, 2022!


Purple Room Closing Weekend Jazz Jam

Before they close up for the summer, The Purple Room Supper Club has one last weekend of great entertainment and cool music. On Friday, June 24 it’s a Closing Weekend Jazz Jam with Kevin Tokarz, Danny Flahive, and Andy Fraga playing from Ray Charles to Ramsey Lewis. On Saturday, June 25 it’s Scot Bruce performing Elvis: The Early Years. More info


Old Jews Telling Jokes

Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The June production is Old Jews Telling Jokes, with the final performance on Sunday, June 26 at 2 pm. Join Morty, Bunny, Nathan, and the rest of the cast as they demonstrate why “kvelling is better than kvetching.” Classic and contemporary jokes mix with songs and monologues that showcase the funny side of birth, sex, old age, and more. (Next up, for July: The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31). Get tickets

Coming soon in local theatre:

  • Godspell, from Palm Canyon Theatre, July 8–17

Brit Floyd at The Show

Brit Floyd, “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show” performs its brand new 2022 production on Friday, June 24 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. The show faithfully recreates the scale and pomp of the final 1994 Pink Floyd tour, complete with a stunning multi-million dollar light show, iconic circle screen, lasers, inflatables and theatrics. Hear highlights from The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Division Bell, and more. Get tickets


NPC West Coast Classic

Southern California’s national qualifier in the divisions of men’s and women’s physique, the NPC West Coast Classic, takes place on Saturday, June 25 at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. Tickets available for Day and Evening sessions. Get tickets



Becoming Austin Nation

Brothers of the Desert is a sponsor of Becoming Austin Nation, a Hollywood Fringe Festival offering in which Austin Nation will share his entertaining and humorous autobiographical piece, “From Crack to PhD: A Drag Queen’s Story.” The final performance is Friday, June 24 at 8 pm at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Renberg Theatre. Get tickets


Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History

Join The Palm Springs Library to experience the exhibit: Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History presented by the LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert, on display throughout the entire month of June in celebration of Pride Month. Learn more about our local LGBTQ+ community and their contributions through the decades. The exhibit will be inside the Library and available to view during regular library hours. More info

The LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert will also present The Power of Story: How Local Media Put Gay Palm Springs on the Map on Thursday, June 30 at 6 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center Free event, register here. The lobby of the Cultural Center has a new exhibit of news stories from various local publications about LGBTQ events that took place in Greater Palm Springs, on display throughout the month of June. More info


Street Fair at College of the Desert

The Street Fair at College of the Desert in Palm Desert is considered one of the top things to do in the Palm Springs area, where locals and visitors alike can spend their morning in an open-air shaded shopping experience with over a thousand items for sale from artisans, home goods, fashion, furniture, vintage cars, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more. All funds raised from merchant space rentals provides annual funding and support for students attending the College of the Desert. They are about to take a break for July & August, so check it out from 8 am–Noon this Saturday and Sunday! More info


🐶 Give Them a Good Gay Home 😽

Pet adoptions slow down in the summer months and the homeless pets at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter don’t have the luxury of a summer break. The shelter capacity is currently maxed out at over 300, plus over a hundred additional animals in foster homes. To make it easier for animal lovers to come adopt, the shelter is cutting adoption fees in HALF for the remainder of June. Visit today or check out their website. More info


Rainbow Book Month

The Rancho Mirage Library has curated a list of books to celebrate Rainbow Book Month, to highlight the writings that reflect the experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, and asexual community. Drop by the library to check out what they have on hand, or peruse the curated list [here].


RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 7

Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest legendary recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of his RuPaul Recaps here). This week the queens have another design challenge: create a Legendary Legend look inspired by a classic RuPaul look. All turned out praiseworthy, with some inspiring comments such as “like a toilet roll cozy,” or ‘Bed, Bath and Beyond Thunderdome.” Extra special guest judge Betsey Johnson joins this episode. Read the full recap of Episode 7: Legendary Legend Looks [here].


LOOKING AHEAD

DBA Networking Mixer at AsiaSF Palm Springs

The Desert Business Association (DBA) returns to AsiaSF Palm Springs for an In-Person Networking Mixer wrapping-up Pride Month on Monday, June 27 at 5:30 pm. Get a taste of the food and entertainment of AsiaSF and learn about their happenings coming this summer. Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton will also talk about the importance of our local and diverse small businesses, Pride month, and what she experienced on her recent visit to the White House with many other LGBTQ leaders from across the country. Bring a prize (and cash) for the scholarship-supporting raffle too! More info


How to Become LGBTQ+ Certified

Learn how to stand out as a go-to supplier in your community by becoming LGBTQ+ certified with How to Become LGBTQ+ Certified, a webinar presented by the Small Business Development Center Orange County Inland Empire Network on Tuesday, June 28 at 12 pm. You’ll get step-by-step information on getting certified to maximize your business opportunities, gain access to corporate and government partners, and meet a network of several other LGBTQ+ accredited businesses. More info


The Power of Story: How Local Media Put Gay Palm Springs on the Map

The LGBTQ+ History and Archives of the Desert celebrates National Pride Month with a FREE community lecture, The Power of Story: How Local Media Put Gay Palm Springs on the Map on Thursday, June 30 from 6–8 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. For a smaller community, Palm Springs has had significant, consistent LGBTQ media outlets over the decades. Did these outlets raise the community’s profile as an LGBTQ destination? Many would argue they did! Hear from local journalists and learn more about their important contributions to our community. Featuring Bruce Fessier, Nino Eilets, Denise Goolsby, and moderated by Brad Fuhr of KGAY Palm Springs and Gay Desert Guide! You can also take in the exhibit of local news stories that is being shown all month in the Cultural Center’s lobby. The lecture is free, reservations required. More info


I ❤️ Mac & Cheese Grand Opening w/KGAY Live

Come taste your favorite topping on your Mac & Cheese! KGAY’s John Taylor will be doing a Live Broadcast during the Grand Opening of I ❤️ Mac & Cheese on Wednesday, June 29 from 9–11 am. Please join KGAY at the new restaurant both for their ribbon cutting at 10 am and John’s live broadcast. During the broadcast John will be giving away 3, one year membership to eat once a week for free! More info


Palm Springs Art Museum Summer Film Series

The Palm Springs Art Museum and The Palm Springs International Film Society present the Summer Film Series on the last Thursday of the month from June through September, starting Thursday, June 30 at 6 pm with The Exterminating Angel. Director Luis Buñuel’s supernatural surrealist film follows a group of wealthy guests who find themselves unable to leave after a lavish dinner party and the chaos that ensues afterward. This summer’s “Cine Mexicano”, presents four renowned and influential films that offer unique insights into the art and culture of Mexico. The screenings are free and coincide with the the Free Thursday Nights program of the museum, supported by the City of Palm Springs. More info


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

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

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