Bros has finally gotten its big screen debut – and there was “no place else” better suited than Palm Springs’ Cinema Diverse. The all-LGBTQ+ casted RomCom wistfully reminded me of my single life. Many of us can identify with wanting to find their ”Aaron”. That’s Luke Macfarlane’s character played cringingly at times by Billy Eichner “Bobby”. It’s out September 30th nationwide
And now for something completely different: ALL MAN: The International Male Story is on the screen tonight, and over 100 more shorts and full length features are on the marquee this weekend and next. Cinema Diverse is a treasure and worth supporting.
I got my first Mpox shot this week at Oscar’s, and the registration process in place by Riverside County was more painful than the injection. It seemed to me like they were asking more info than when we were trying to get a COVID vaccine. No matter, shots in arms are happening at a more rapid pace as season ramps up.
Finally, AsiaSF Palm Springs has closed as we know it. With no fanfare nor announcement, the owners changed the signs out front literally in the middle of the night. It’s now going to be rented as an event space called ”The Sonoran” we hear. The pandemic took its toll and we’re sad to see it go.
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Cinema Diverse 2022
Cinema Diverse celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the 2022 edition running from September 15–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This LGBTQ+ festival is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community by presenting a world-class presentation featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world. Organizers say “LGBTQ+ films and LGBTQ+ film festivals are critical to our local community, and to the world community, because they tell stories that remind us of where we came from, who we are, and who we can be.” Check out our event listing for information on tickets, six-packs, and passes: More info
On Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm, All Man: The International Male Story is a journey across three decades of the International Male catalog’s lasting impact on fashion, masculinity, and gay rights. With revenues at its peak of $120 million and circulation of over 3 million, the catalog successfully appealed to both gay and straight audiences and helped transform conservative notions of American masculinity into a more carefree, cosmopolitan, and confident expression. Gay Desert Guide’s own Brad Fuhr will moderate a Q&A after the film. Get tickets
On Saturday, September 17 at 2:30 pm, Cinema Diverse and the LGBTQ+ History and Archives of the Desert present the film Desert Migration. Filmed here in the Palm Springs area under the direction of Daniel F. Cardone and produced by Marc Smolowitz, the film looks at a variety of HIV-positive men who moved here to the desert in search of a healing oasis. Get tickets
On Sunday, September 18 the PFLAG- produced short film, “Taking the Long Road Home,” will screen at 12:30 pm as part of Shorts Set: Let Every Voice Be Heard. “Taking The Long Road Home” is a film that thoughtfully explores – through a collection of intimate interviews with Black spiritual leaders – the question “Is there room in the Black church for LGBTQ+ people of faith?” Get tickets
Positively Aging Project
The 2022 Positively Aging Project will take place as a hybrid in-person and virtual conference on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am–3 pm on Zoom and at the Joslyn Center. This FREE annual Coachella Valley conference is aimed at providing practical information and inspiration for those living long-term with HIV. The keynote speaker is Jack Mackenroth of Project Runway fame, now a HIV and LGBTQ advocate. Featured speaker Porchia Dees represents “verticals” who were born with and live with HIV their entire lives. Other topics and speakers include: Steve Rossetti, MS on courageously moving forward during times of increasing uncertainty, a roundtable with Let’s KICK AIDS Survivor Syndrome members, an HIV research update panel with Golkoo Morcos, PharmD (BIOS Clinical), Ann Stapleton, MD (Eisenhower Health), Carlos Martinez, MD (Palmtree Medical Research), and Jeff Taylor (HARP-PS). There will also be a Monkeypox update with Dr Phyllis Ritchie (PS Test STD Clinic). Brad Fuhr, owner of KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide.LGBT, will be moderating the day’s events (Both KGAY & Gay Desert Guide are media sponsors of Positively Aging Project). More info
Gay Days Anaheim
Gay Days Anaheim takes place this weekend, September 16–18 at the Disneyland Resort, Disney’s California Adventure, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. The event within the parks is a “mix in,” meaning gay people and straight people mingle together; the park is open to the general public, but Gay Days participants wear red shirts to identify one another and show their numbers. Outside of the parks, there will be drag performances with DeJa Skye and Jackie Cox, cocktail receptions, the Kingdom! dance party at House of Blues, Plunge! pool party, and more. Get tickets
Southern Fried Nuptials
Desert Theatreworks opens its new season with Southern Fried Nuptials, through September 25. Going to the chapel and they’re gonna get married. Or are they? Their engagement has been on and off more times than a drunk frat boy on a mechanical bull. Half the town has been invited, dress is fitted, the flowers have been ordered, and the gifts are piling up in the living room. Will they or won’t they? That’s the big question this hysterical sequel to Osborne and Eppler’s hit comedy Southern Fried Funeral. (🔥Hot tip: use promo code POSSUM to save 15% on Thursday or Saturday performances!) Get tickets
The Ultimate Selena Experience
Agua Caliente Casinos presents The Como La Flor Band: The Ultimate Selena Experience, performing on the Agave Caliente Terraza stage at Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City on Saturday, September 17 at 8 pm. Playing together since 2011, The Como La Flor Band has made a name for themselves as the most respected and popular Selena Quintanilla tribute band out there. Each band member, led by lead vocalist Tina Aldana, is dedicated to giving their audience an authentic performance every time to capture the essence and energy of one of the most legendary Latin recording artists that ever lived. Get tickets
Modern Men Auditions Saturday
Modern Men, Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus, invites you to audition to join their chorus on Saturday, September 17 from 11 am–noon at the Palm Springs United Methodist Church. Modern Men’s mission is “to promote harmony through outstanding performances, as we entertain and empower our audiences, and embrace diversity through community outreach.” More info
Sunnylands Reopens to the Public with New Exhibition
Sunnylands Center & Gardens has reopened for the season, with its first new exhibition in two years, A Place at the Table: Dining at Sunnylands, featuring the exquisite china, flatware, and table settings that Walter and Leonore Annenberg used to entertain the parade of notable guests who visited their Rancho Mirage estate. The exhibit examines a remarkable history of gatherings, from yearly events, such as birthday and New Year’s celebrations, to extraordinary occasions that include an official White House dinner and a luncheon visit from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Learn more
Sunnylands Films in the Gardens Returns
For three consecutive Fridays in September, starting Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm, Sunnylands will present Films in the Gardens. The first film (Sept 16) will be Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnics. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. Upcoming films are Death on the Nile (1978) on September 23, and Evil Under the Sun (1982) on September 30. More info
2022 Business Expo and Taste of Palm Springs
The Palm Springs Chamber or Commerce presents the 2022 Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs on Wednesday, September 21 from 5–9 pm at Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Come learn about Palm Springs’ businesses and have the opportunity to taste bites from several of the city’s best restaurants. Over 100 local businesses will showcase their products and services, and included will be a taste of more than 40 valley restaurants, wine and beer tasting, a cocktail bar, and live entertainment from Britain’s Finest – The Complete Beatles Experience. Get tickets
The Dinah is Next Week!
The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend 2022 is continuing the legend with a show-stopping all-female entertainment line-up from Wednesday, September 21–Sunday, September 25 at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. Headlining acts include Fletcher, Haviah Mighty, Cassidy King, IV4, Zolita, IV Jay, Siena Liggins and 80s music iconic superstar, Taylor Dayne, offering a palette of incredibly talented female pop singers, rising artists as well as new queer talent all poised to make a major impact in 2022 and beyond. You can still get your tickets at a discount, so don’t wait and end up paying full price at the door, starting September 21. Get tickets
On the Air at KGAY 106.5
KGAY 106.5 wants to send you on a VACAYA LGBT+ vacation to the Caribbean on board a full-ship LGBT+ cruise on beautiful turquoise waters! No desert in site! Find out how you can win this monday morning at 8 am with John Taylor on KGAY 106.5 Listen online
WIN Tickets to Cinema Diverse
Cinema Diverse – The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, takes place September 15–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN a pair of “Six pack of passes” to this 15th Anniversary edition of the festival! Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page. Tickets and passes are available for purchase now, come see LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world! More info
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
- Positively Aging Project
Sat. Sep 17 from 10 am–3 pm at Joslyn Center
- Southern Fried Nuptials presented by Desert Theatreworks
- Cinema Diverse – The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival
Sep 15–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and Streaming
- Gay Days Anaheim
Sep 16–18 at Disneyland Resort
- Fahrenheit – An Outdoor Fitness Class
Tue/Wed/Thu mornings at 7 am at Frances Stevens Park
- Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend
Sep 21–25 at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs
- 2022 Business Expo and Taste of Palm Springs
Wed. Sep 21 from 5–9 pm at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
- Bullying: A Community Symposium
Sat. Oct 1 from 10 am– 12 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center
- Pride Under the Pines
Sat. Oct 1 from 12–9 pm in Idyllwild
- One Night Out: Havana Nights
Sat. Oct 1 from 7–10 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum
- Modernism Week – October
Oct 13–16 at Various Locations around Palm Springs
- Casual Concours Midcentury Car Show: Disco Inferno
Sat. Oct 15 from 10 am–3 pm at Desert Princess Country Club
- Center Stage: Together We Rise
Fri. Oct 21 from 5:30–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum
- Palm Springs Leather Pride
Oct 27–30 at Hotel Zoso and various locations around Palm Springs
- Palm Springs HRC Garden Party
Sat. Nov 5 from 1:30–4:30 pm at a private estate
- Palm Springs Pride Festival
Sat. & Sun. Nov 5 & 6, Downtown Palm Springs
- Palm Springs Pride Parade 2022
Sun. Nov 6 at 10 am, Downtown Palm Springs
Welcome New Partners!
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Lighthouse Coachella Dispensary is Coachella’s first dispensary offering a wide variety of products for patients, seniors, mothers, bikers, creatives–all using cannabis in different ways to enrich their lives. Lighthouse believes consumers should not have to guess-and-check what they are buying; they do the hard work for you so that you can focus on your health and wellness needs. Their bright and welcoming atmosphere is purposefully designed for comfort and accessibility. It’s cannabis made for you. Learn more
- Palm Springs Offers Tours of Midcentury Modern Architecture
- LGBTQ Center of the Desert Provides Free Medicare Counseling
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- Taylor Dane to Appear at The Dinah After Completing New Album
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Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2022 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.
Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 am and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm.
Don’t miss “This Way Out,” Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)