Pride month came and went like a proverbial lamb this year – no parades, no festivals and a new spotlight on our Black brothers and sisters who are fighting for justice. #BLM Nearly lost was the huge gains we received from the Supreme Court ruling with federal protections for LGBTQ workers.
We end the month with plenty of virtual ways to celebrate Pride including Global Pride 2020, executive produced by our own Ron DeHarte, plus Virtual Pride and many others in a similar vein. Our #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast has a segment with Ron and we also talk with Nicholas Snow as he embarks on the relaunch of PromoHomo.TV. And our final parting words: #WearADamnMask !!
Global Pride 2020 is bringing Pride organizations from around the world together on Saturday, June 27, ensuring that our pride will shine through COVID-19. Hundreds of Pride celebrations have had to be canceled or postponed this year due to the pandemic, but Global Pride will provide a platform where everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed, and people will be invited to join in the event from home. More info
More Virtual Pride Celebrations
Take a virtual trip to Sonoma County and join them in celebrating Pride on Saturday, June 27 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. with an evening of live music, drag kings & drag queens, comedians, and more. See the true colors of Sonoma County! More info
San Francisco is also celebrating Pride this weekend with 13 hours of live-streamed programming: Saturday, June 27, 1:00-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 28, 2:00-7:00 p.m. Headliner Big Freedia will be joined by by some of San Francisco’s most iconic drag queens and activists, including Honey Mahogany, Persia, Sister Roma, and Yves Saint Croissant for conversation, celebration and performance. More info
“Can’t Cancel Pride: Helping LGBTQ+ People in Need” will stream on Thursday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. on iHeartRadio’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages to bring the community together and raise visibility and funds for LGBTQ+ communities impacted by COVID-19. Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Big Freedia, Ricky Martin, and Billy Porter are among the stars on the lineup. More info
Online Reading of Comedy “Meet & Greet”
On Thursday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m., CVRep is presenting a star-studded cast for an online reading of “Meet & Greet,” a hilarious comedy from acclaimed writers Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin. This award-winning play centers around four actresses (of a certain age) who are all up for the same part in a horrible new sitcom pilot. At the network casting office, old rivalries come to the surface and egos clash. Starring: Judith Chapman, Daniele Gaither, Teresa Ganzel, Melissa Peterman, and Brendan Robinson. Free program, registration required. More info
‘Stories of Dear Harvey’ Virtual Viewings
San Diego’s Breakthrough Workshop Theatre has performed “Dear Harvey,” a tribute play to Harvey Milk, ever since their conception in 2013. With the 2020 reading cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, the tradition continues with a new documentary film experience that interweaves stories from the play with stories from the creators and the artists who have been changed through their work on the play for over a decade. The film can viewed online for free on Friday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m., and again on Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. with each live screening followed by a different live follow-up experience. More info
“Pose-A-Thon” Special to Air Friday
The cast and producers of the series “Pose” are coming together for a free one-hour virtual event on Friday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT. “Pose-A-Thon” will be an evening of songs and stories and raising awareness for three charitable LGBTQ+ organizations: GLSEN, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. More info
Mary Pickford Theater Reopens
The Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City is once again screening films, and they are the first movie theater to re-open in the Coachella Valley. They are limiting screenings to 25% capacity, with social distancing and mask requirements in place (though you can remove mask once seated). More info
Virtual Cinema: Pride Month Features
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is offering some great new films this week in their Virtual Cinema program, including this Pride Month feature: PROUD. In 1981, it was still illegal to be gay in France. Today, same-sex marriage is recognized and has paved the way for legalizing the adoption of children by LGBTQ families. PROUD tells the story of Charles, Victor and Diego, three generations of the same family who represent the seismic social changes that took place in just three decades. [view trailer] [get your V-ticket]
Voices with Impact 2020
Art With Impact presents Voices With Impact 2020 from Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26
Voices With Impact is a year-long project that celebrates mental health stories told by filmmakers from around the world with unique perspectives and lived experience. The topics for this year’s five-minute short films are: Mental health issues specific to LGBTQIA+ people, and mental health issues related to the culture of masculinity. The world premiere of these films will take place on June 22, and will be followed by a week-long festival of dialogue and discussion in which esteemed storytellers will lead interactive, enlightening sessions on topics ranging from colonialism and mental health to representations of men of color in the media. Workshops are free, registration required. More info
“The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me”
Join the Provincetown Theatre on Sunday, June 28 for an exclusive broadcast of “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me” by David Drake, as performed by Mr. Drake and an ensemble of queer actors for a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit in 2013. Directed by Robert La Fosse, the all-star cast includes: Brandon Cordeiro, Robin De Jesús, André De Shields, David Drake, Claybourne Elder, Rory O’Malley, Anthony Rapp, Wesley Taylor, Chad Ryan, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., Aaron Tone, and BD Wong. More info
Riboli Family Wine Tasting at Bouschet
The Bouschet crew invites you to join them on Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. for a wine tasting with Mario Campo of Riboli Family Wine Estate, featuring a 2016 Zinfandel, 2016 “Darkness,” 2016 Malbec, 2016 Petite Verdot, and 2018 San Simeon Viognier. Limited seating available inside PS Air, or you can do pickup/delivery and participate via Zoom. 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:
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