Another airline announces service to and from PSP. We’re on that story and ready for Cinema Diverse as we power through September.
Our podcast this week featured some great local guests and we hope you’ll download and watch each episode.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast – Episode 62
We’re talking Celebrities, Creativity, Theater, Bears and yes…sigh…Covid. Hosts John Taylor and comedian Shann Carr welcome Dr. Laura Rush, Nino Eilets, publisher of thestandardps.com, Brad Fuhr, Sherpa of all events and happenings at gaydesertguide.com, author/producer Daniel Vaillancourt on a fabulous Star studded event you can be a part of, and createcentercv.org founder Debra Ann Mumm!
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Virtual Speed Dating for Men of All Ages
The next Speed Dating offering from the the Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide will be Gay VirtualSpeed Dating for Men of All Ages, hosted by Shann Carr, on Saturday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, and you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have a real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for men (see our other speed dating events for age groups and themes). You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection! Get tickets
Check out what else we have on tap from the Fun & Games Dept in September!
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival in its 13th year, running from Friday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 30. They have re-envisioned the festival to continue to bring you the latest in quality LGBTQ+ cinema in the healthiest way possible. This year you can experience the festival in two unique ways: virtually from the comfort of your recliner at home or at the new PS Cultural Center Drive-In Experience, showing six films over six nights. Virtual Cinema Feature Films, Shorts, and Documentaries are available online through PSCC’s Virtual Cinema program and can be viewed at your leisure, with All-Access Passes, Six-Packs, and Single Film passes available. More info
Equality California: Golden State Equality Awards
Join Equality California on Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. for the Golden State Equality Awards, presented this year as a virtual celebration you can enjoy from your living room (streaming at www.eqca.org/gsea). Hosted by actress and advocate Angelica Ross (POSE), this incredible event will honor Mayor Peteand Chasten Buttigieg and the Netflix original documentary Disclosure — and will feature a special tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The evening will also include exclusive musical performances by Melissa Etheridge, Betty Who, Robin S, Shea Diamond and Alex Newell. Regional pre-show programs will celebrate LGBTQ+ and allied communities in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Get tickets
Virtual Desert AIDS Walk Announced for Oct. 23–24
For the past thirty-four years of walking, the Desert AIDS Walk has ensured that those living with HIV and AIDS continue to thrive. Registration is now open for the 2020 edition, which will be presented virtually. The reason for “The Walk” has never really been about balloon arches or walker t-shirts. It has always been about the collective power of community and our shared vision of a future. This year, you register as always, create or join a team if you like, and then you can walk the traditional route or any neighborhood or trail of your choice! More info
ANA Inspiration This Weekend
One of the first major events in the valley to be postponed back when the coronavirus pandemic hit, the ANA Inspiration golf tournament takes place September 10–13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, marking the first women’s U.S. major of the year. The event is going forward without spectators, following the State of California Public Health Department guidelines with all relevant safeguarding and protocols in place. Fans will be able to watch the ANA Inspiration on Golf Channel and Sky Sports and follow along for enhanced content on social @ANAinspiration and the tournament website. More info
Club Skirts’ The Dinah 2021 Dates Announced
The Dinah Shore Weekend, the largest lesbian event in the world, has announced they are holding dates for two possibilities in 2021: either May 5–9 OR September 15–19, 2021. Passes purchased for the canceled 2020 festival will automatically transfer to 2021, whichever dates are ultimately chosen. Stay tuned to GayDesertGuide.com for the latest info and FAQ about hotel reservations, party venues, and more details on the [May] or [September] dates.
White Party Postponed to April 2021
White Party Palm Springs, originally postponed to October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been postponed again due to the statewide ban on large gatherings. Now set for April 23–26, 2021, tickets will automatically transfer to the rescheduled event. More info
Canines and Caftans Yappy Hour
Zoom in for an online “Canines and Caftans” themed Virtual Yappy Hour that benefits Animal Samaritans on Thursday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. Bring your dog or cat, wear your favorite caftan for contests with prizes, raffles, a mixology lesson, games, and more! All Yappy Hour donors will have a chance to win a Furbo Dog Camera, valued at $199.00. The fabulous Furbo Dog Camera allows you to watch your pet on camera, while you are away from your home. The best part…you can push a button from your phone and Furbo will dispense a treat for your pet while you’re away! More info
Love In Action: Supporting the LGBTQ Community During COVID-19
On Saturday, September 12, from 7:00–9:00 p.m., the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host its first-ever telethon, Love in Action, live on television station KTLA 5 benefiting the Center’s vital programs and services. Co-hosted by Jane Lynch and KTLA 5 news anchor Cher Calvin, the two-hour fundraising show will include appearances and performances by a roster of A-list entertainers including: Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, Margaret Cho, Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, RuPaul, Meredith Vieira, Leslie Odom Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Andrew Rannells, Cynthia Erivo, Pauley Perrette, Armie Hammer, Billy Eichner, Tyler Oakley, Wilson Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Miss Coco Peru, Shangela, Brian Michael Smith, Peter Paige, Bruce Vilanch, Alexandra Billings, Tonality, Lake Bell, Carla Gugino, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, and Lesley-Ann Brandt. More talent to be announced! More info
KGAY 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series – Bill Lohnes
Gay Desert Guide is pleased to be a Media Sponsor of KGAY’s 106.5 Virtual Summer Concert Series. This virtual concert series is designed to keep you entertained and safe this summer, while benefiting our local artists. The series is hosted by Ben Patrick Johnson and Shann Carr. This Sunday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m. the featured artist is Bill Lohnes, and on Sept 20, Kristine W will wrap up the series. Get tickets
Behavioral Health @The Center Accepting New Clients
The clinical internship program at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert’s Behavioral Health Program offers high quality, affordable counseling tailored to your personal needs and they are now accepting new clients for virtual therapy sessions. To start the process, call Mike Martin at: 760-416-7899 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shann Carr’s Virtual Big Gay Trivia
The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide and TheMenEvent.com present Shann Carr’s Big Gay Trivia on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Join us for a fun hour of trivia for a chance to win restaurant and shopping gift cards valued at $75! Our online Virtual Gay Trivia party is a great way to get people together for a night of fun, conversations and learning during all the craziness. Our Trivia contests are so entertaining because we make the questions easy and enjoyable for everyone. Shann Carr will be your host for this evening that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Get tickets
Next Week: Virtual Events at The Center
Looking for connection in this time of self-isolation? The LGBT 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:
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