First, the Forever Marilyn misstep and now no 4th of July fireworks. I’m starting to wonder about the wisdom of our Palm Springs City Council… However, there are a few good signs on the horizon as it appears VillageFest will return on July 1st and that turning Oscar’s “Tea Dance” floor and bar into a hotel pool has been turned down.
We’re excited to have the GayDesertGuide Fun & Games Dept. hosting “An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls” on Thursday, May 27th. Stan Zimmerman, who wrote season one, will be joined by Alexander Rodriguez from “On the Rocks Radio” at Oscar’s and tickets are selling fast!
Cathedral City’s Gay Business Association is planning a Pride month celebration and we’ll have all the details here. Palm Springs Pride is inching forward with plans for November. Can we pack any more into those two weeks spanning the end of October and beginning of November??? Desert AIDS Walk has now moved their event to October 30th, the same weekend as Leather Pride and White Party. Jeff Hocker tells me that “Halloween on Arenas” is being planned as well.
Download our PDF calendar of 2021-2022 Events from the home page of GayDesertGuide.LGBT and follow us on socials @GayDesertGuide to stay updated. And Happy Mother’s Day weekend!
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I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 96
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Remembering the Golden Girls: Tickets on Sale Now
How well do you know your Golden Girls? The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide presents An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls on Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m., just ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. Come celebrate the Golden Girls with Season One writer Stan Zimmerman with 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. Get tickets
City of Palm Springs Rescinds Face Covering Order
The City of Palm Springs’ emergency order requiring face coverings was rescinded this week to align with CDC guidance, now that the California Department of Public Health has officially updated its former guidance. Under the State guidance, applicable in the city, for fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports, events, or other similar settings. Face coverings are still required in most public indoor settings. More info
Virtual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards
DAP Health presents the 27th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards this Sunday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Palm Springs, as well as broadcast on social media (DAP’s Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter). Scott Nevins hosts this evening to honor women, mothers, and our frontline workers for all that they have done over this past year. There will be special musical performances by Shoshana Bean and Sheryl Lee Ralph; as well as by Palm Springs local diva Keisha D. DAP Health will also be celebrating their Hope Begins with Health campaign which will make it possible for DAP to double their efforts in providing mental health services, ending the HIV epidemic, providing COVID vaccinations and care, and access to healthcare for those who most need it. Registration is free with the option to make a tax-deductible donation. More info
Oscar Wilde’s London and Paris
Gay Desert Guide’s Fun & Games Dept and TheMenEvent present Oscar Wilde’s London and Paris on Saturday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom. See the places where one of LGBTQ history’s most dramatic stories took place: the rise of fall of great gay author and martyr Oscar Wilde. Come see the restaurant where Wilde wined and dined his rent boys, the cafe where he lunched with Bosie and his father (!), the hotel room where he was arrested, and more. Your guide will be Professor Andrew Lear, founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the world’s first and only LGBTQ history and art tour company. Get tickets
“Midnight at the Never Get”
Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh has a new review out, and it’s a glowing one! “Midnight at the Never Get” is a musical love story between two men set in 1965, presented as streaming performance by The Signature Theatre. Radosh writes: “within minutes you are swept off your feet and madly in love with what you are watching.” It’s so good he watched it twice! Read the full review [here].
15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey
Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey! For over a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities, and organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community. Previous surveys have had over 45,000 participants from 150 countries! Also, 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. [Click here to take the survey]
“The Berlin Patient” Bench Dedication in Wellness Park
A bench and plaque will be dedicated in memory of Timothy Ray Brown on Friday, May 7 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in Wellness Park, near Desert Regional Medical Center. Timothy Ray Brown was an American considered to be the first person cured of HIV/AIDS. Brown was diagnosed with HIV while studying abroad in Berlin, Germany in 1995; he was called “The Berlin Patient” at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, where his HIV cure was first announced, and after that he dedicated his life to supporting research to search for a cure for HIV. More info
Cinema Under the Stars
The nights are getting warmer and while the pleasant evenings last, The Palm Springs Cultural Center continues to run their Outdoor Cinema Under the Stars program. No longer a drive-in, you can still camp-out in your own chairs or reserve one of the available picnic tables. You also pre-order a boxed dinner from Mildred’s Chicken & Waffle Dinners! On Friday, May 7 the film will be “Monday,” and “Connie and Carla” screens on Saturday, May 8. Get tickets
Desert X 2021 – Final Week
Heading into its final week, Desert X 2021 is open through May 16 at various locations in and around Palm Springs. Don’t miss your chance to see this one-of-a-kind event that only comes around once every two years! This free exhibition explores the desert as both a place and idea, acknowledging the realities of people who reside here and the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape their stories [Check out what’s new this year]. The site-specific exhibition is all outdoors, providing a safe visitor experience. More info
Modernism Week Online Experience on Sale Thru May 15
While Modernism Week may be over in Palm Springs, the fun continues online with the Modernism Week Online Experience. Whether you are near or far, you can still experience a taste of Modernism Week virtually with online programs, including compelling presentations, video tours and films, on sale through May 15, and viewable through May 31. More info
Gay Wine Weekends 2021 Announced
Out in the Vineyard has announced their plans for Gay Wine Weekends in 2021. Rather than a large gathering over one weekend, they are planning several gatherings throughout the summer, from June 19 through September 11, including a Pride Wine Tasting in San Francisco, A Virtual Online Drag Bingo, an Afternoon Soiree in the historic Adobe at Three Sticks Winery in Sonoma, a Mix & Mingle at Macrostie Winery in Healdsburg, and more. Participation will be limited, make plans now! Learn more
❤️ Man Crush Monday ❤️
Our Man Crush Monday this week is is OutAt.TV’s co-founder, streaming video producer, Charlie Rosenberg! Gay Desert Guide’s Jeff Denean Jones interviewed Charlie about his plans for OutAt.TV and the summer. Click the image here to read the interview and see a fun video reel, and for our future crushes, follow @GayDesertGuide on Facebook and Instagram
Therapy for Late Life Depression
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is offering up to 25 free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions for those 60 and older who qualify, experiencing late life depression. This is an evidence-based protocol focused on relieving mild to moderate depression. For an initial assessment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-416-7899.
Next Week: Virtual Events at The Center
Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? 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 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.D – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fifty+ Fit with Lynn Simonson – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group – 2nd 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 Huggins – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Youth Virtual Hangout with Miguel Navarro – Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group with Perry Wiggins – Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Full list of The Center’s Zoom programs [here]
Welcome New Partners!
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