The lineup for #PalmSpringsPride was announced this week and Todrick Hall is front and center this year. That in addition to Pussy Riot and a cadre of other LGBGQ+ talent will entertain young and old this year.

We’re proud to takeover the Arenas District Dance Stage with KGAY 106.5. It will feature LA’s Ray Rhodes (founder of Tiger Heat), DJ Modgirl and will end the weekend with a live broadcast of the Sunday Retro Brunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas.

Don’t forget to cast your “early” vote this year – not for governmental positions, but for KGAY & John Taylor! While John could likely never run for public office, he was runner-up last year in top radio personality in the Desert Sun’s Best of Desert 2022. And this is a competition he should win! The link is below.

And this weekend is The Dinah, where we will be “reporting” via the socials all weekend. Mariah Hanson has put together a stellar entertainment lineup and builds community among our lesbian and non-binary women. We’re proud to be a media sponsor again this year!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs

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The Dinah is Here!

The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend 2022 is continuing the legend with a show-stopping all-female entertainment line-up all weekend, now through 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. From pool parties in the daytime to the glamorous Black & White Ball and Hollywood Party in the evenings, The Dinah is Join the largest Queer/Lesbian/Non-Binary Event in the world. Get tickets

Cinema Diverse 2022

Cinema Diverse celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the 2022 edition wrapping up this weekend, through Sunday, September 25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. 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

Good Enough: A Modern Musical screens on Friday, September 23 at 8 pm. Good Enough is a modern pop/R&B musical dealing with some of the most relevant issues of the day. College seniors Jamal and Trevor each think they have it all planned out until they have an unexpected encounter, but is their developing love enough to overcome their different backgrounds, paths, friends, and families? Get tickets

On Saturday, September 24 at 5:30 pm, Brotherly Lies is the story of estranged brothers Lex and David, who find themselves forced to spend time together, which in turn, leads to a situation where they can no longer escape the lies formed by their tragic past. Check out this interview with the filmmaker and get tickets

In case you missed the screening last week, there’s an encore screening of All Man: The International Male Story on Sunday, September 25 at 12 pm. This documentary 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. Get tickets

Other Cinema Diverse highlights this weekend include: The Unabridged Mrs. Vera’s Daybook (Friday, 2:30 pm), a documentary about activism and community art in San Francisco; Vulveeta (Friday, 5:15 pm), about a 1990’s riot grrrrl band reunion; Manscaping (Saturday, 5 pm), following three queer men reimagining the traditional barbershop and restyling masculinity along the way; and the story of the indelible bond of Loren & Rose (Saturday, 7:30 pm), starring Jacqueline Bisset.

Sunday Supper Farm to Table Fundraiser

Join PS Underground and FIND Food Bank, the Desert’s Regional Food Bank, for Sunday Supper, a Farm to Table Fundraiser to support Hunger Action Month on Sunday, September 25 from 4–6:30 pm. This multi-course gourmet meal pays homage to the ingredients one would receive at a FIND Food Bank food distribution. Help raise funds to ensure every person in our community can share a meaningful meal with loved ones. Your ticket purchase will help FIND Food Bank provide over 650 meals to the Coachella Valley and Hi-Desert. The experience includes hors d’oeuvres and a three-course feast of the chef’s creation, free-flowing red and white wine, specialty cocktails, and an evening of unique local entertainment. Get tickets

Song of the Day VACAYA Caribbean Cruise Giveaway ​

KGAY 106.5 wants to send you on a VACAYA LGBT+ VACATION to the Caribbean for a full-ship LGBTQ+ cruise! You’ll be sharing and celebrating with 3,000 new friends in February 2023. You’ll set sail from Fort Lauderdale onboard “Celebrity Reflection” for 7 nights while enjoying world class dining, star-studded entertainment, signature VACAYA activities and mind-blowing parties! Listen for the VACAYA LGBT+ Caribbean Cruise Song of the Day at 8 am & 5 pm, and then go to the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page. Put in the name of the song, and you’re entered. The more days you play, the more chances you’ll have to WIN! (One entry per day). Brought to you by VACAYA, Visit Lauderdale, and KGAY 106.5!

Southern Fried Nuptials – Final Weekend

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? It’s been a rough year for Attie VanLeer and Harline Frye. 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. So why does Harline still have cold feet? 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 Saturday’s performance!) Get tickets

Sunnylands Films in the Gardens

On Friday, September 23 at 7:30 pm, Sunnylands will present their next installment of Films in the Gardens. The film will be the Agatha Christie mystery Death on the Nile (1978). Filmgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnics. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. Next week the film will be Evil Under the Sun (1982) on September 30. More info

The Zocial Pool Party at Hotel Zoso

Spend your Saturday cooling off with The Zocial Pool Party on Saturday, September 24 at Hotel Zoso. The Pool transforms into a musical oasis with tunes by DJ Mikeylow and refreshing beverages flowing from a fully-stocked poolside bar. And the best part? Entry is free for overnight hotel guests ($10 otherwise). Arrive early to claim your space or contact the Guest Service Team to reserve a daybed or cabana. More info

Mount: Mens Bonding Pop-Up Event

Mount is a 2-day festival, bringing like-minded guys together for a drug-free, shame-free, sex-positive private event on Friday and Saturday, September 23 & 24 at CCBC Resort. Broncs of the western United States have been ‘gathered’ into capture corrals for decades, and Guys 2 Mount continues the tradition, seeking riders with stamina to mount and break the spirited Broncs in the capture corral. There will be plenty of opportunities for social bonding time outside the corral, too. More info

The Writer Series: Ashley Weaver

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival presents The Writer Series with Ashley Weaver on Friday, September 23 from 2–3 pm at the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Ashley Weaver is the Edgar Award-nominated bestselling author of the Amory Ames mysteries and the Electra McDonnell series. The Key to Deceit is Weaver’s second book in the Electra McDonnell series and is a delightful World War II mystery filled with spies, murder, romance and wit. The first 200 attendees will receive a free copy of the book! More info

PS Art Museum Day Trip for Queer & Trans Youth

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert presents a Palm Springs Art Museum Day Trip for Queer and Trans Youth on Sunday, September 25 from 9 am–1 pm. Admission will be free with transportation and lunch provided. Meeting spots at The Center Coachella & Indio Teen Center at 9 am. Spaces limited. More info

Vote KGAY and John Taylor for Best of Desert 2022

The Desert Sun has opened the final round of voting for Best of Desert 2022, celebrating and recognizing the best our community has to offer, and both KGAY 106.5 and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor are among the nominees in the Local Radio Station and Radio Personality categories, respectively! Both can be found under the “Media” category of the ballot. Votes can be placed through Friday, September 30. Vote today!

OKLAHOMA – Reviewed by Stephen Radosh

Our Gay Desert Guide theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh is back from the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles with a review of the revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical OKLAHOMA, directed by Daniel Fish, playing now through October 16. As Radosh says, Fish “blew off the dust, rethought the entire show from top to bottom…” and this “fresh new approach lets us experience the depth of the book and the score as never before.” Read more


Mark Your Calendar: “Score” Help for your LGBTQ+ Business

“SCORE” Coachella Valley, Gay Desert Guide and KGAY present: “SCORE” Help for Your LGBTQ+ Business and DBA Mixer on Monday, October 3 from 4–7 pm. Learn about how small business owners and entrepreneurs can sign up to get access to free SCORE mentoring and other resources. KGAY/Gay Desert Guide’s Brad Fuhr will share insights about local and national LGBTQ consumer trends. He’ll share data from Community Marketing and Insights, the largest annual LGBTQ community survey, and examine social media trends as well. Following the presentation, there’s a DBA business networking mixer providing a unique opportunity to network with small business professionals and organizations from the Coachella Valley. Free event, registration required. More info

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

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

Welcome New Partner!

At Gear Leather and Fetish, they’ve always been passionate about great gear, whether it’s the stuff you wear to flag your fetish or the toys and equipment you play with, great gear makes sex better. Stock up for Palm Springs Leather Pride, coming October 27–30! Their beautiful, light-filled shopping environment features leather and neoprene clothing and accessories, BDSM gear, boots, briefs, jocks, socks, tees, gym wear, toys, and even playroom equipment. Learn more

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  4. Acrisure Arena Announces Inaugural Schedule of Opening Concerts
  5. Palm Springs Public Library Foundation Announces Pride Book Festival

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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)