Brad Fuhr CaricaturePalm Springs Pride is back and we were the first to announce the plans on the 100th episode of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast.  Ron DeHarte, president of the Pride organization gave us the scoop.  The full article appears on the Latest News section of GayDesertGuide.LGBT.  And in less than two weeks, California will fully reopen – bars, restaurants, retail, Disneyland and more.
Although restrictions are lifting, most June Pride month celebrations are still relegated to virtual.  You’ll find some of those in our events calendar page.  We’ve also updated our printed calendar download so you have a full list of the big events planned through 2022 – from IBC to White Party, Coachella to Modernism.  And that’s our job!  My team works hard to keep you updated on our socials, on the podcast and here on GayDesertGuide.LGBT.
P.S.  A reminder to complete the Community Marketing and Insights (CMI) study by the end of the month.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide 
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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 100!

ILGPS Podcast 100 Hosts and RegularsILGPS Podcast 100th CakeThe #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is celebrating 100 episodes, with a special edition that streamed live on Facebook from Arenas Road! Host John Taylor, Comedian Shann Carr, and Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr gathered outside the local favorite Streetbar and welcomed special guest Ron deHarte of Palm Springs Pride! Ron brought the scoop on what promises to be a memorable event planned for November. Also joining were podcast regulars Dr. Laura Rush, Jimmy Boegle of CVIndependent, plus: Nino Eilets of The Standard, Vincent Corrales, David White of the Palm Springs Chamber, and a very special 100th Episode Cake from Crown Town Cakes! Watch the 100th episode

Outloud: Raising Voices

Adam Lambert Raising Voices 2021Outloud Raising Voices 2021 SQTaking place Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6, Outloud: Raising Voices is one of the first major global events to kick off Pride month. It will also be a triumphant return to an in-person Pride, hosting fans at a safe experience at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles. Featuring performers include Angel Bonilla, Chely Wright, Kim Petras, Sam Sparro, VINCINT featuring Parson James, Qveen Herby and Ty Sunderland, and Zhavia Ward. The day will also feature appearances and remarks by Angelica Ross, Conchita, Geena Rocero, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Valentina Sampaio, Yungblud and Whoopi Goldberg. On Sunday, Stonewall Day, Adam Lambert will host, perform and curate the lineup. Free to stream or get tickets for in-person attendance. More info

2021 Can’t Cancel Pride

Special Performance Pink Cant Cancel Pride 2021The LGBTQ Center of the Desert joins with CenterLink, Proctor & Gamble, and iHeart Radio to present Can’t Cancel Pride, streaming live on Friday, June 4 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. This virtual relief benefit to raise support and visibility for the #LGBTQ community features appearances by P!NK, Kylie Minogue, Leslie Odom, Jr., Troye Sivan, and many more. Hosted by Elvis Duran and BeBe Rexha. More info

Coachella and Stagecoach 2022 Passes on Sale Friday June 4

Coachella AstronautGoldenvoice, promoter of the Coachella Music Festival and its Country music cousin Stagecoach, has announced that the festivals will return in the spring of 2022, after two years of interruption by the COVID pandemic. Coachella will run two weekends: April 15–17 and April 22–24; and Stagecoach will return April 29–May 1. Previously purchased passes for canceled dates will carry over to the new dates, and Passes go on sale Friday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Remembering the Golden Girls: Second Show Added!

An Evening on the Lanai The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide SOLD OUT our first presentation of An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls, so we bring you a second show on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Oscar’s! Join season one writer Stan Zimmerman for fun trivia, clips from favorite episodes, prize giveaways, sing-alongs, and Q&A. Hosted by on-air personality Alexander Rodriguez from On the Rocks with Alexander and a regular guest on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast. Check out Palm Springs Life’s interview with Zimmerman [here]. Act fast before this one sells out too! Get tickets

Cinema Under the Stars

Cinema Under Stars Back to the Future June 4Cinema Under Stars Mean Girls June 5The Palm Springs Cultural Center continues to run their outdoor Cinema Under the Stars program, but just a few weeks remain before they close it for the season on June 19. You can camp-out in your own chairs or reserve one of the available picnic tables. You may also pre-order a boxed dinner from Mildred’s Chicken & Waffle Dinners! On Friday, June 4 the film will be “Back to the Future: Part I” (with parts 2 and 3 to follow on subsequent Fridays), and on Saturday, June 5, it’s Lindsay Lohan in the Tina Fey-penned “Mean Girls.”  Get tickets

1869: The Birth of ‘Homosexuality’ in Germany

1869: The Birth of ‘Homosexuality’ in GermanyGay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept. and present: 1869: The Birth of ‘Homosexuality’ in Germany on Sunday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Join Prof. Robert Tobin, author of “Peripheral Desires: The German Discovery of Sex” (2015) to learn the story of the German activists, physicians, and artists who started thinking about “homosexuality” in a modern way – 150 years ago! Can’t make the live event? Buy a ticket for the recording and watch the event in your own time to educate yourself about this revolutionary moment in Germany, a moment that affected gay rights forever. Get tickets

Ross Matthews’ Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch

Ross MatthewsV Wine Lounge is the new setting of Ross MatthewsDragtastic Bubbly Brunch, featuring some of the best Drag Queens in the business for a fun-filled escape from the ordinary, Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Scheduled to appear on June 6: Host Savannah Westbrooke with Madame LaQueer, Rock M Sakura, Fabeyonce, and Naysha Lopez. Show starts at noon, must purchase by the table to meet social distancing guidelines. Shows are selling out well in advance, so here’s a hot tip: Follow Ross Matthews on Eventbrite to be notified when the next tickets go on sale! More info

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DiversityDHS Meetings Resume

DiversityDHSNow that so many of us are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, DiversityDHS is resuming in-person meetings to begin the process of rebuilding their organization and the 2021 Desert Hot Springs Pride Festival (scheduled for Sat, Nov. 13, 2021). The first meeting of DiversityDHS will be Sunday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. at The UPS Store in the Vons Plaza, for fully vaccinated people only. Unvaccinated people can arrange to participate remotely. More info

Sonoma County Pride Drive-Thru

Sonoma County Pride 2021Up north, Sonoma County is doing their Pride “Parade” a little differently this year: at the “Beyond the Rainbow Drive Through Parade” on Saturday, June 5 from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., at the Graton Resort & Casino, organizations and contingents will occupy defined spaces for their floats and celebrants, allowing attendees to drive through to experience the excitement and community of Pride in this unique, safe manner. More info

Sunnylands Center & Gardens Begins Summer Hiatus June 7

Sunnylands Center & Gardens will remain open to the public through Sunday, June 6, before closing for its annual summer hiatus on Monday, June 7. Admission to Sunnylands Center and the surrounding nine acres of desert gardens is free from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunnylands will reopen for its eleventh season on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

VillageFest is Returning to Downtown Palm Springs July 1

palm-springs-villagefestAfter a long COVID break, the Palm Springs City Council has voted to re-open VillageFest, the popular Thursday night downtown street fair along Palm Canyon Drive, starting Thursday, July 1 with a smaller footprint and safety protocols, then expected to expand to its original length in the coming months. Summer VillageFest hours are 7:00– 10:00 p.m. There will also be a one-time mini-Village Fest on Tahquitz Canyon Way between Palm Canyon and Indian Canyon from 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 to celebrate “Palm Springs Back in Business” and the re-opening of California. Read more

15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey

CMI Survey Ad Boomer 2021Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! 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. The survey should take about 12 to 15 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard! [Click here to take the survey]


ShortFest Official Selection Announced, Tickets on Sale June 9

Shortfest 2021 DatesThe 27th Palm Springs International ShortFest is returning for in-person screenings at the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Camelot Theatres from June 22–28, and passes are on sale now. General Ticket Sales begin Wednesday, June 9 at 9:00 a.m. and the official selection of films is now available for viewing on the ShortFest website. This year’s programs include audience-favorites Gayla!, This American Life, Brave New World and the family-friendly Shorties! New programs include Power to the People, Codes of Conduct, Nights to Remember and more. The ShortFest Forum returns with virtual classes and panels to make it more available to all, including international filmmakers unable to attend.  More info

Next Week: Virtual Events at The Center

The LGBTQ Community 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 their programs:
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. Returns June 14
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.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]

Welcome New Partners!

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NEFT Vodka 300x250NEFT ultra-premium vodka is our new Gay Desert Guide After Dark sponsor! NEFT is made from water filtered for fifty years, four ancient grains of rye, and nothing else. And nothing looks like NEFT: this small-batch vodka has a taste as memorable as its container–a portable, unbreakable barrel–that keeps NEFT cold for up to six hours. In 750mL, 1-liter, and 100mL barrels, perfect for poolside! Learn more

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