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Dianne Feinstein’s death as we go into the weekend brings back the memory of my first exposure to her: Announcing the assassinations of San Francisco’s Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. I was a closeted college kid at the time and didn’t know much about Milk and the legacy he was leaving. But I remember watching the candlelight vigil unfold, and later “White Night” violence.

Feinstein’s 45 years on since that event have helped shape American politics and policy to an extent that we’ll be hearing and reading about for some time. Her nearly three decades in the US Senate made Feinstein the oldest woman ever to serve in that chamber.

I’m grateful we had her in the Senate as an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Now the speculation begins in earnest as to her replacement. Oprah??

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

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Boo2Bullying 10th Anniversary

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Boo2Bullying Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary with a free Community Wellness Festival & Celebrity Kickball Game on Saturday, September 30 from 7:30 am–2 pm at Sunrise Park and the Palm Springs Pavilion, featuring community booths, youth activities, a speaker series, free food truck and a celebrity kickball game featuring celebrities from the entertainment industry and from the Coachella Valley. Advance registration recommended. More info


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The 16th edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival presents their second full weekend of screenings, September 28–October 1 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Tickets and passes are now on sale.

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Nelly & Nadine

Just a couple of the highlights to look forward to this weekend include: Nelly & Nadine (Saturday, September 30 at 2:30 pm): An astonishing love story between two women that begins in a WWII concentration camp (Read more), and The Floating Man (Sunday, October 1 at 3 pm) is a nuanced exploration of how so many people find themselves caught between rigid gender lines of woman or man, unable to express their fuller selves (Read more). Get tickets/passes


House Husbands at Cinema Diverse

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House Husbands is being shown as part of Cinema Diverse’s Short Set, “Funny Films” on Friday, September 29 at 12:30 pm. Sam Pancake stars as Sylvester, a middle-aged gay man whose wealthy, handsome husband has decided to trade him in for a younger man. House Husbands is a comedic look at incestuous, upper class social circles and how they can go from lush to toxic very quickly. It’s a modern satire centered around gay men in Palm Springs loosely based on Clare Luce’s The Women. Get tickets


Palm Springs and Palm Desert Farmers’ Markets

The outdoor season of the Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market returns on Saturday, September 30 (and continues every Saturday outdoors through May) from 8 am–1 pm next to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. In addition to a variety of California Farmers and Value Added Vendors who will be selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, organic coffee, flowers, rugelah, prepared foods, soups, herb-infused chocolates, soaps, and more, there is music by local musicians, food demonstrations, and a variety of special events each week. More info

The Palm Desert Farmers’ Market returns this weekend as well, reopening outdoors on Sunday, October 1 from 8 am–1 pm in its original location at the Entrada Center, conveniently situated alongside the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce . The Market will be open every Sunday through the end of April, and shoppers can expect to enjoy live music, new vendors, and the highest quality, small farm-direct produce. More info


Riverside County Scare and Pumpkin Festival

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Cantina Calacas

The Riverside County SCARE and Pumpkin Festival takes place on weekends from September 29–October 31 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds. This new family tradition merges the playful mystique of Halloween with the rich traditions of the Day of the Dead. Visit a magical town in the spirit world featuring an immersive experience in three gorgeous themed realms: Plaza Fantazma is a haven for family-friendly fun, Cantina Calacas features festive brews celebrating Oktoberfest, and Carnival Carnivore is a heart-pounding haunted house for thrill-seekers ages 16+. Get tickets


Friday Fusion with DJ Galaxy

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DJ Galaxy, of KGAY’s Retro Lunch and Retro Sunday Brunch, is spinning on Fridays from 4–8 pm with Friday Fusion at Impala Bar & Grill! This Friday T-Dance Happy Hour Social features beats by Galaxy, sexy GoGo boys and daddies, pop-up performances by drag kings and queens and other celebrities, with flagging by Desert Flaggers and hosted by Snatch. This weekly party from the producer who brought back Boyz Night Out celebrates equality, diversity, and inclusion. No cover; food and drink specials throughout. More info


Sunnylands Films in the Gardens: The Breakfast Club

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Sunnylands brings back their Films in the Gardens series with a trio of back-to-school films from the 1980s. The series concludes this week with The Breakfast Club (1985) on Friday, September 29 at 7:30 pm. Synopsis: Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a great deal more in common than they thought. Free of charge, no reservations required, gates open at 6 pm, carpooling and small picnics encouraged. More info


Planned Parenthood’s 60th Anniversary

Planned Parenthood 60th Anniversary

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest presents the 60th Anniversary Riverside County Cocktail Reception on Friday, September 29 at 5:30 pm at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs. Our local affiliate has grown from an information booth in Balboa Park, San Diego, to the most trusted name in sexual and reproductive health care, with 19–and soon to be 20–health centers across three counties, a strong education program, and the most committed advocates for rights and justice. Come for an engaging evening featuring an educational program, live music by The B Sections, and “Artists for Planned Parenthood” exhibition. More info


Diversity and Racial Equity Conference

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The Diversity and Racial Equity team of the Palm Springs Unified School District presents its second annual Diversity and Racial Equity Conference on Saturday, September 30 from 9 am–2 pm. This year’s theme is “Racial Healing and Resilience.” A panel of seven students and a keynote speaker, Diana Ceja with the Riverside County Office of Education, will speak on this year’s theme — racial healing and resilience. There will also be several breakout sessions. Light breakfast and plated lunch included, registration required. More info



Let’s Do Brunch with Diversity DHS

Lets Do Brunch

Diversity DHS is inviting the LGBTQ+ Community to Brunch on Sunday, October 1 at 11 am at the Sunshine Cafe at the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel. Diversity DHS is introducing this fall season event series for those who prefer an earlier-in-the-day weekend opportunity to gather and break bread with others among our community. More info


This Weekend at The Purple Room

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Michael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club is back with a hot fall season and on Saturday, September 30, it’s SURVIVING CABARET – 40 Years Of Storied Songs Starring Sharon McNight (dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm). On Sunday, September 24, Scot Bruce takes the stage as Elvis: The Early Years! (dinner at 5 pm, show at 7 pm). Coming soon: Black Market Trust, Lee Squared, Liz Callaway, Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, perennial favorite The Judy Show, and much more. Get tickets


NHL Preseason Game Marks Hockey’s Return to Acrisure

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Get ready for a showdown between the mighty Anaheim Ducks and the fierce Arizona Coyotes on Sunday, October 1 at the brand-new Acrisure Arena! Brace yourself as Southern California’s newest 11,000-capacity world-class venue in Greater Palm Springs hosts its first-ever NHL game. With doors opening at 2 pm and the puck dropping at 3 pm, this electrifying match promises to be an adrenaline-fueled extravaganza! Don’t miss your chance to witness history in the making at Acrisure Arena. Get tickets


Slay: The Art of Drag at the Palm Springs Public Library

Slay - The Art of Drag

The Palm Springs Public Library is hosting Craig Mann’s art exhibit, “Slay: The Art of Dragthrough November 18. “Drag has been in the news for brunches and bans. It’s also a misunderstood art form that has been in existence since William Shakespeare’s choice of men to play female roles,” said Mr. Mann. Exploring drag as art, Craig Mann celebrates local drag artists who bring joy and entertainment to their audiences. Twenty portraits of local queens are on display at the main Library during regular hours. More info


Best of Coachella Valley Final Round of Voting

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The Coachella Valley Independent‘s annual Best of Coachella Valley reader’s poll has announced their nominees (nominated by readers) and voting is now open in the Final Round, which goes through Sunday, October 22. We would love a repeat of our wins last year! Under “Life in the Valley,” for Best Radio Station, please vote KGAY 106.5! Also under “Life in the Valley,” for Best Local Radio Personality please consider John Taylor of the KGAY 106.5 Morning Show, and DJ Galaxy of the KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch. Galaxy is also nominated, along with KGAY Sunday T-Dance’s DJ Modgirl, for Best Local DJ under the “Arts” section! Vote Today


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House Party PS: Margarita Madness

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Join the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, Mark Bessey and John Schmall for House Party PS: Margarita Madness on Saturday, October 7 from 5–8 pm. This Latin-themed cocktail party will benefit the Mizell Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Mix and mingle in your best Latin-themed outfits and enjoy special entertainment by Lynda Kay, Charles Herrera, and Billy L’Amour, plus complimentary premium wine & cocktails and delicious Latin-themed appetizers. Shop the silent auction for great items for every budget. Get tickets


Center Stage Tickets on Sale Now

Center Stage 2023 Transcending Barriers

The 13th annual Center Stage fundraiser will take place Friday, October 20 from 5:30–9 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This unforgettable evening dedicated to “Creating Community” is presented by The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and Eisenhower Health. The special guest for the evening will be Cecilia Gentili, an advocate, organizer, and storyteller working passionately at the intersections of sex work, immigrant rights, incarceration issues, and trans liberation. Her presence and inspiring story will make this evening memorable. Our very own local hostess with the mostest, and drag personality Brian Wanzek (also known as Bella da Ball) will be receiving the Legacy Award, recognizing the lasting impact he has made on the desert’s LGBTQ+ community. DJ Modgirl will be spinning for the evening. Get tickets


On the Air: KGAY 106.5

Win Tickets to The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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KGAY 106.5 wants to send you to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show 48th Anniversary Spectacular Tour on Friday, October 6 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage! Join the original ‘Brad Majors,’ Barry Bostwick, for a screening of the original unedited movie with a live shadow cast and audience participation, plus a memorabilia display with artifacts and an actual costume from the movie, a costume contest, and more! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page


VACAYA Cruise Sweepstakes

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KGAY 106.5 has your chance to win a VACAYA LGBT+ Caribbean Cruise, and this offering is their most thrilling vacation yet. VACAYA is making a quantum leap up in the quality of ships for this annual big-ship Caribbean Cruise: Sailing Feb 17–24, 2024 for 7 magical nights from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and Antigua, Apex will inspire you to reimagine everything you’ve ever known about cruising. The V Team is thoughtfully reinventing the VACAYA experience from the ground up to match this stunning ship’s innovative design, from fresh new ways to dine to its immersive play spaces, get ready to be wowed by premium touches from stem to stern! Enter to Win


Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance Contests

Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance

KGAY 106.5 has a radio voiceover challenge for you! Go to our TikTok @kgay1065 and read the script about Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance and Harm Reduction! To be entered to win the $500 Grand Prize or $250 Second Place prize, head to the KGAY Contest page and enter your TikTok handle. We also have a contest to Create a Design showing what harm reduction means to you. One lucky winner will receive $500 and your design will be on a commemorative T-shirt that will be given out at Palm Springs Pride 2023! This contest also has a $250 Second Place prize. Visit the KGAY Contest page for more details on how to enter


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 party music! Listen Online. DJ Galaxy can also be found spinning at Impala Bar & Grill for Divas on the Dance Floor on Thursdays at 8 pm, and the brand-new Friday Fusion T-Dance Happy Hour Social, Fridays from 4–8 pm also at Impala!

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The KGAY 106.5 Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is all about “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week. Listen online. She’s also appearing at The Rowan Window Bar on Thursdays from 7–10 pm.


On the Air: 103.1 MeTV fm

MeTV Movie Weekend

Grab your popcorn…It’s a weekend of timeless and memorable songs from motion pictures–starting Friday evening in the 7 pm hour on 103.1 MeTV fm or listen online! 103.1 MeTV fm is KGAY’s sister station, featuring a unique mix of timeless and memorable music incorporating a wide variety of classic hits, deep tracks and softer sounds spanning several decades of popular music, including the ‘60s and ‘70s with a touch of the ‘50s and ‘80s. Listen online


Justin Shandor Elvis Tribute Artist

103.1 MeTV fm has your tickets to see The World’s Ultimate Elvis: Justin Shandor, on Saturday, October 7 at 8 pm at The Show at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage! Since the passing of the King more than 46 years ago, there has never been a tribute artist that has so captured the look, moves, and especially the sound of the King more than Justin Shandor. His likeness to the King is so close that at one time Graceland emailed a casino where Justin was performing and told them they could not use a real picture of Elvis to advertise their event. It was a picture of Justin! Enter to win on the 103.1 MeTV FM Contest Page

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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 2023-24 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, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

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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)