Stonewall’s 50th Anniversary, Palm Springs at NYC’s World Pride Celebration, Share the Story of Your First Time, Red Kimono Project II, Summer Getaways to Wine Country and PTown, plus (cool) HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!
June 28 is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, when the gay liberation movement was made undeniable in by a few brave souls who stood up to police raids in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. These spontaneous, violent demonstrations marked a departure from the non-confrontation approach to acceptance that had been tried by gay groups up to that point. The Stonewall Uprising is widely considered to be the birth of the modern fight for LGBT Rights in the United States.
The World Pride Celebration takes place this week in New York City. Palm Springs Pride will be there, marching in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30 and you can march with the Palm Springs contingent! Join the Facebook group for more info.
Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr will be in NYC, marching with PS Pride, and covering the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, who will be joining other choruses for a very special Stonewall Commemorative performance at Carnegie Hall. Listen to KGAY 106.5 for more on this!
In conjunction with World Pride and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships are being held in New York, hosted by Team New York Aquatics (TNYA). The TYNA team recently held their annual swim camp in Palm Springs, and they credit KGAY 106.5 for playing all the fabulous hits they needed to make it through the week of training for their big event! They loved it so much they are listening from back home in NYC. TNYA is the world’s largest LGBTQ+ aquatics team and we wish them the best of luck in hosting and competing at this year’s IGLA championships! For spectators, the most popular event is always the Pink Flamingo, where competing teams put on wigs, dresses and costumes and combine dancing, swimming and drag to joyfully celebrate queer identity. More info
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Share the Story of Your First…
Shann Carr is filming a short film for submission to Cinema Diverse called My First…This is your chance to become a star. Drop by the back room of Chill Bar Palm Springs on Friday, June 28 between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. and share your own experience for your first: Gay Bar, Gay Pride, Gay Kiss, Gay Event, Or the first moment of knowing you are Queer. Shann will have a film crew and each person will have 3 minutes at the mic. For more information email Shann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Kimono Project II Fundraiser for LGBTQ+ Charities
Join the Palm Springs Cultural Center for an open house featuring the portraiture artwork of local artist David Fairrington on Saturday, June 29 from 3:00–7:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through September 2019. Each artwork is represented by a local LGBTQ+ charity and attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite portraiture/charity. Each “vote” gives one dollar to the charity of choice. What’s this about a Red Kimono? Fairrington was inspired to do a series in which his models chose how to reveal themselves, the only requirement being the use of a red kimono provided by the artist. This second series focuses on the LGBTQ+ community, showing that people are people, no matter the sexual orientation. More info
Ruthless! The Musical Continues
Desert Rose Playhouse presents Ruthless! The Musical, through July 14. The show, directed by Loren Freeman and starring Desert Rose Playhouse Artistic Producing Director Robbie Wayne, famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as many iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Premiering in 1992, the show is responsible for discovering young performers Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. Talented eight year old Tina Denmark, played by Lizzie Schmelling, will do anything to land the lead in her school musical. Anything! As Tina discovers where her talent comes from, she shows us just what it takes to succeed…Get tickets
Looking for a summer adventure to points north, or maybe east? We’ve got a couple of great options for you!
Gay Wine Weekend: July 18–21
Gay Wine Weekend is a celebration of food, wine & the ambience of Northern California’s Wine Country for the LGBTQ Community, taking place July 18–21 in the Sonoma Valley. Events include winemaker dinners, wine tastings, drag queen brunch & wine auction, a pool party, after parties and the signature event of the weekend, Twilight T-Dance at Chateau St. Jean Winery. New this year: a comedy show in the caves at Deerfield Ranch Winery on Thursday evening for those coming into town early. Proceeds Benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Get tickets
Vacaya’s Inaugural P-Town Cruise: August 11–18
Vacaya’s inaugural Cruise to Provincetown will take place August 11–18, featuring 7 nights aboard the 5-star Celebrity Summit with an overnight in PTown for the Carnival kick-off, plus activities and all-star entertainment including Kristin Chenoweth, Katharine McPhee, Lesli Margherita, Alex Newell, and Leslie Jordan. KGAY 106.5′s John Taylor, Shann Carr and Brad Fuhr will be on board broadcasting daily! Join the Cruise
At Trunks Bar in Cathedral City, Happy Hour is now EXPANDED ’til 7:00, Monday through Friday! Enjoy well drinks for $4, Domestic Beer $4, Imported Beer $3, and wines $1off. On Sunday, come for the Tea Dance starting at 5:00 p.m. with the best dance music videos, beer bust, cold A/C and GoGo boys! Get Happy at Trunks
Wang’s in the Desert offers Daily Happy Hour, with a different theme every day of the week! Mojito Mondays, International Taco and Tequila Tuesdays, Wang’s Wings Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, and of course Friday Boys’ Night Out with the largest Happy Hour patio in Palm Springs. Try their new Long Thailand Iced Tea for a summer refresher. It’s delicious! Get Happy at Wang’s
D’Place Entertainment Mary Pickford Theatre is a great place to beat the heat this summer, with cool A/C, reclining seats, and a Cinema Cafe that offers creamy house made ice cream and much more. Check out upcoming first-run summer movies like Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Lion King “live action” remake, or Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. With this smokin’ HOT DEAL, Get a FREE Movie Pass ($12.50 value) when you buy $10 in Entertainment Dollars redeemable toward additional admission or refreshments! Get Your Deal
Jus Chillin’ offers another option to cool down this summer! Healthy frozen yogurt, with a variety of flavors daily, including three choices of low carb/sugar free delights. Almost all flavors are fat free, and support a healthy probiotic lifestyle. You can indulge in your desire for rich, cool, delicious fun with this HOT DEAL: buy a $10 package to receive three (3) $5 gift certificates to Jus Chillin’ Frozen Yogurt and a bonus $5 gift certificate to Lappert’s Premium Gourmet Ice Cream! Get Your Deal
- The Story of Your First…
Fri, June 28 from 12:00–3:00 p.m. at Chill Bar
- Ruthless! The Musical presented by Desert Rose Playhouse
Through Sun July 14
- Western Xposure’s DadFest 4th of July
July 4–8 at CCBC Resort Hotel
- San Diego Pride Parade and Festival
July 12–14 University Ave and Balboa Park
- Gay Wine Weekend
July 18–21 in Sonoma Valley, CA
- Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival – Los Angeles