National LGBT Real Estate Conference Comes to Palm Springs: Cleve Jones Featured

The National LGBT Real Estate Conference NAGLREP unites over 700 LGBT and allied industry leaders for three power packed days of learning and networking with the best in the business. GayDesertGuide welcomes this great organization to #ILoveGayPalmSprings!  Attendees will gain insights into what their top producing peers are doing, hear from industry executives who are shaping innovation, and immerse themselves in LGBT culture.  Look for our Map & Guide in your welcome bag and use our website to find where to go all week!  The Entire Event Schedule

Book signing: Cleve Jones: When We Rise

Wednesday, 5 PM, at Just Fabulous

Cleve Jones' career as an activist began in San Francisco in 1970s where he befriended pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk. After Milk's death, Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which memorializes over 85,000 Americans who have died from AIDS.  He's speaking at the NAGLREP conference and is then at Just Fabulous for a book signing!

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Cleve, as depicted above in the ABC Miniseries based on his book, lives in San Francisco, works as a labor activist, and speaks to audiences around the world.  More Info

Center Awareness Day & Spirit Day Thursday

Thursday 11:00 to 3:00 PM at The Center

Centers continue to build, unite, and empower the LGBT community by offering  services including; social services, mental health counseling, cultural programs, recreational activities, libraries, educational programs, support groups, youth support, elder support, computer access, and care and treatment (just to name a few).  #lgbtCAD

Created by CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Center Awareness Day is an annual day of awareness promoting the vital services offered by community centers and the central role they play in local communities.

On October 19 (every year), CenterLink holds “LGBT Center Awareness Day”, a national day of action focused on awareness around the work of LGBT community centers everywhere. The day was planned to help bring national attention to the Community Center Movement within the LGBT movement, which serves over 40,000 people weekly, and highlight the ways that people can get involved or utilize their local centers.  Participate with The LGBT Community Center of the Desert

Alyce Anders: Coming Out as Intersex

GayDesertGuide's latest blogger, Alyce Anders, writes, "In this country of 300,000,000 plus people, there are currently three individuals who possess a birth certificate identifying themselves as INTERSEX. I am one of them.

That does not mean that there are only three INTERSEX people living in the United States. Oh no, not by a long shot. It just simply means that our society is embarrassed by our very being, and refuses to acknowledge that freaks like us even exist. Based on their superficial judgment, they decide where we best fit, cramming us into either the M box or the F box, even if we really don’t fit in either."  Read the entire blog.  If you would like to contribute blogs, photos, videos or other content, we've gone OPEN SOURCE!  Send an email to to learn more.

Philanthropists to be Honored at Center Stage

Two long-time local LGBT philanthropists will be recognized for their decade-plus support of The LGBT Community Center of the Desert at the annual Center Stage Gala on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs.

Involved since the early days of The Center, when it was known as the Prime Timers of the Desert Foundation, David Hood & George Sellers have been integral to the evolution and success of Eastern Riverside County’s only LGBT community center. In 2005, when The Center opened its first location, David led fundraising efforts to build community support and raise money to help offsets costs. Since then, the couple has been a constant, stepping up with personal gifts and spearheading fundraisers for the organization’s subsequent relocations, most recently with The Center’s 2016 $3.5 million capital campaign.
“Without David & George’s leadership and generosity, The Center would not exist. We are forever grateful for their commitment,” said The Center’s Board Chair, Brian Rix.
The Center Stage Gala, presented by Eisenhower Medical Center, will feature the multi-talented actor, singer, and songwriter Cheyenne Jackson as the musical headliner and political comedienne Kate Clinton as returning emcee and host. Individual tickets, which are $195, while still available, are selling out fast. More Info

Taste of Palm SpringsTaste of Palm Springs is October 17th

Get your wristbands in advance for this great taste of our city!  See below for the list of participating restaurants.  Come by and see us for a chance to win two tickets to OUTPSP on October 25th!

The First Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Block Party is also on the horizon!

Gay Desert Guide will be a part of the Inaugural  Rancho Mirage Block Party.
​As we get closer more details will be announced but here is some what you can expect !! 

  • ​9 Food Vendors Giving Away Food…
  • ​Beer Garden with beer by…
  • ​Wine Garden with wine by…
  • Huge Prize to be given away…

​Meet the members and learn more about their businesses!  Tuesday, October 24, from 5 to 8 PM.  More Info

VintageVibe Festival Returns to Palm Springs October 20-22, 2017

Set in glamorous Palm Springs, California, famed getaway destination of the icons of Old Hollywood, VintageVibeFestival is a celebration of the evolution of American style and pop culture, which we consider anything pre-1999. The 60k square foot indoor (air-conditioned) marketplace will include vendors who not only represent eras gone by, but also new and innovative vendors who nod to the stylings of yesteryear in their products and design. The show will also feature several renowned headliners that have the "VintageVibe" such as Shannon and The Clams, Generationals, Nick Waterhouse, Best Coast, and others each night of the 3-day festival.  More Info

Pride Run & Walk 5K Takes Place Nov 4, 2017

Kickoff Pride Weekend the Right Way with a 5K! Presented by the Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers and this year benefiting The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, The Pride Run & Walk 5K in Palm Springs, California hits the streets of Old Las Palmas Saturday, November 4, 2017. (This event is not pet friendly and strollers are not allowed on the course.)

Happy Hour Finder

You may have already heard but we’re here to tell you that Blackbook bar on Arenas is now serving brunch on the weekend and it's delicious! Try out brunch Blackbook style with fresh OJ Mimosas, Devil's Strain Bloody Mary’s, Vodka French Toast, Pancakes in a cup, and so much more! Along with weekend brunch they also have a brand new happy hour. Don’t be late to the party…. Be sure to visit them this weekend!  Watch for our review next week!

One of our favorite Palm Springs hot spots has reopened and we couldn’t be happier! Trio, where Palm Springs eats, is back in action! They’ve been nominated for Desert Sun's “Best of the Valley” best Happy Hour and that’s no surprise to us! Catch their one of a kind happy hour daily from 11am-7pm at the bar and patio!

C'Mon, C'Mon, Get Happy!

Hot Deals (Discounted Gift Cards!)

Enjoy a delicious meal, cocktails or both at one of Palm Spring's favorite restaurants for 40% off!

Located in the most fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, EIGHT4NINE restaurant and lounge offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for any occasion. You can enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch, or Happy Hour!

Chef Teresa at Il Giardino Ristorante Italiano specializes in homemade Italian/Sicilian foods according to traditional recipes of her birth family and uses her experience acquired over the years to personally prepare the dishes on the menu. Try Homemade Gnocchi, Ravioli, Noodles, Sauces, Gravy, Fresh Vegetable Soups, and Desserts that are cooked throughout the day for 40% off with this amazing hot deal! That’s only $15 for $25 worth of food and drinks

Sizzling Savings with HOT Deals!

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