Bean an LGBT-themed Documentary to Screen at AmDocs

Alana and Lori were just two LGBT 20-somethings looking for love on Tinder when a casual right swipe made a match that would bind them together forever. Below, a still from the film:

Le Ride to Open AmDocs 2017

The American Documentary Film Festival's 2017 opening night film will be Phil Keoghan’s new documentary, Le Ride. Keoghan, best known as the host of the popular television show, The Amazing Race, will attend the screening, which is also the West Coast Premiere of his film. Le Ride had its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July 2016.

“This is an example of great documentary filmmaking, where the creator, in this case Phil Keoghan, was inspired to tell a relatively unknown piece of history in an unconventional way,” said Ted Grouya, Festival Director. “Le Ride will appeal to a wide audience as it is timeless, evocative, good-story telling.” 

Opening Night for the 2017 edition of The American Documentary Film Festival is scheduled for Friday, March 31st at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. GayDesertGuide is a media sponsor of this event.  Early Bird passes are on sale now by clicking here

Brew At The Zoo On Tap At The Living Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ wildly popular Brew at the Zoo will return on Saturday, April 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Early bird tickets at reduced prices for the seventh annual event are on sale now.

More than 50 breweries and restaurants will be offering unlimited samples of premium craft beers, wine and food amidst the spectacular backdrop of The Living Desert’s wildlife and botanical gardens. Craft beer from some of the finest specialty breweries around will be on tap and premium wines and non-alcoholic beverage round out the libations.  More info.

A Review of Southern Baptist Sissies

Writes critic Stephen Radosh, "SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES by Del Shores is a story that will touch everyone and will especially resonate with any member of the LGBT community who was brought up in a very religious environment. It raises some serious questions, such as how a religion which preaches to ‘love thy neighbor’ can also preach hatred and intolerance of anyone who does not conform to its ideas of the norm.

If you appreciate plays that have something meaningful to say, then this production of SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES, which runs through April 9th at the Desert Rose Playhouse, should be on your must-see list."  The full review.

Also on the Local Stage…

Dezart Performs presents Chapatti by Christian O'Reilly, Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays @ 2:00 PM

Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers. When Dan and his dog, Chapatti, cross paths with Betty and her 19 cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship. “Unfolding in a mix of heartache, despair and gentle comedy, it will leave you cheering for these two characters’ hard-won moments of happiness,” says the Chicago Sun-Times.  More info

It's a Mod Mod World

DiversityDHS, The LGBT connection in Desert Hot Springs,  is throwing a cocktail party fundraiser to build the fund to pay for expenses incurred in relation to the 2017 Desert Hot Springs Pride Festival. The theme is "It's a Mod Mod World", so start thinking about what you would wear to a hip sixties cocktail party. Your ticket covers 1 cocktail, appetizers, and a chance to win a drawing prize.

Hosted by co-MCs Tedd Zzenia & the fabulous Pinky Meringue Shimmer, the entertainment includes
·       stunning vocalist Keisha D
·       Crocodile Rock – DHS's own Elton John cover band
·       dancing with DJ Edward Noriega
·       Kat Newman Comedy

There will also be a large array of wonderful prizes and packages up for silent auction with plenty of bargains and delicious opportunities.
Buy your tickets at The UPS Store in Desert Hot Springs or Cathedral City, and at uber-cool Retro Etcetera in Palm Springs. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 for two. Tickets at the door are $60.  More Info

"Spring Fling" Rainbow Night at Playoff's

Pinkie at Playoffs…

The excitement begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Playoff's Sports Bar in Desert Hot Springs, where Pinkie Meringue Shimmer gathers a festive crew together to entertain you, this time with a Spring Fling theme.  As usual, they start with 7 p.m. munchies and cocktails, with the show at 8 p.m.  A gay time will be had by all!  More info.

3rd Annual Transgender Day of Visibility

Trans* Community Project (TCP) Presents the 3rd Annual Transgender Day of Visibility Friday, March 31st, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center at 39000 Bob Hope Dr, in Rancho Mirage. The annual event is organized to show support, raise awareness and celebrate the Transgender Community.

Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) will include an drop-in open house, followed by a program consisting of guest speakers and entertainment, and time to meet up with others at the end. According to Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER), this year’s theme is #TransResistance. In the increasing transphobic global political climate, we must used our newfound visibility to mobilize trans people against oppression. 

Guest Speakers as of 3/9 are:
Kate Kendell – NCLR
Lisa Middleton – Community Activist
Michael Hochburg – Activist
Rachel Crandall – TDOV Founder (Via Skype)
and more…

TCP organizers are working in collaboration with Eisenhower Medical Center, Trans Role Models and media sponsors Gay Desert Guide, and support from various community organizations such as The LGBT Community Center of The Desert, Human Rights Campaign, Greater Palm Springs Pride and many more. More info.

Last Call for Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Tables

The breakfast will honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that support justice and equality for all individuals. Join more than 900 diverse Coachella Valley residents and celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist.
Tables of 10 start at $650 and sponsor recognition available.
Proceeds benefit Coachella Valley youth through Gay-Straight Alliance organizations and LGBT youth related programs. For more information call 760-416-8711 or email More Info

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Compiled by Nicholas Snow from a variety of sources.