Blame Blatino Oasis for Rise in Local Temperatures
For almost 11 Years, the Blatino Oasis Retreat has provided gay and bisexual men of color from around the world with a sexy alternative getaway, in the beautiful and tropical desert resort oasis of Palm Springs, California. Join us April 27-30, 2017, for California's largest gay/bi men of color getaway in this picturesque and legendary Hollywood destination to the stars.
Socialize, party, and chill with adult men of all ages, in an environment that is more than just a place where you will feel welcome, but a place where you can feel comfortable being just who you are, without shame, without judgment. This is just one of the many reasons why so many men return to the now legendary Blatino Oasis year after year. More Info
Giddy Up to Stagecoach!
Giddy on back to the Indio Polo Grounds where, after two weekends of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival rolls into town.
“The Stagecoach Music Festival is one of country music’s most highly anticipated events of the year with performances by the top country music acts, this festival has something for everyone who follows country music.”
Diercks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney headline Stagecoach this weekend after two weekends of Coachella at the Indio Polo Grounds. Why festivals three weekends in a row? It’s called economies of scale! More Info
Last Call for Desert X!
Through April 30, 2017, the Coachella Valley and its desert landscape is the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and emerging artists whose projects will amplify and articulate global and local issues that may range from climate change to starry skies, from Tribal culture and immigration to tourism, gaming, and golf.
The art works, in various indoor and outdoor locations, will be available free and will offer visitors a way to see the Valley and reflect on serious and playful issues through the lens of the participating artists' creativity and work. Last Minute Details
Young Hunk Headed to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
Dustin Lynch has been on a steady path toward superstardom. With three consecutive No. 1s and two Top 5 albums, he’s already been to the top of the charts with traditional country (“Cowboys and Angels”), party-rockers (“Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” “Hell of a Night”) and simmering romance (“Mind Reader”). Dustin Lynch’s path will lead him to the The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa for a 9 p.m. performance on May 12, 2017, with special guest Tyler Rich.
Don’t miss your chance to see Dustin Lynch with special guest Tyler Rich in performance at Southern California’s premier concert theater. All paths lead to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on May 12, 2017, at 9 p.m. Tickets range in price from $40 to $60, depending on seat location. Get Tix!
And the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award Goes To…
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee announced that Community Organizer and Civil Rights Advocate Ruth Debra will be the recipient of the 2017 Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award at the 6th Annual Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Ruth, who defines herself as a radical old lesbian feminist, moved to Palm Springs in 2003 with her spouse Sherry Fulton. On moving to Palm Springs, she became involved with Pride, and subsequently The Pride and then Golden Rainbow Centers, serving several years on their boards. Active in Democratic politics, she has served as the first female Chair of Desert Stonewall Democrats. She is on the National Steering Committee for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) and facilitates a Coachella Valley group of Old Lesbians. She also volunteers with Equality CA, and has been active in the marriage equality movement, marrying Sherry on October 11, 2008 (National Coming Out Day) during the brief window of legality in California.
The Fabulous "Evening Under the Stars"
May 6, 2017 will mark our 24th annual event, which includes an extended cocktail hour, delicious dinner, awards, fireworks and much more. For best seating purchase tickets early!
For 2017 we are thrilled to present Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. The ultimate Motown Diva, Martha’s hits include Heat Wave, Dancing In The Street, Jimmy Mack, and Nowhere To Run.
Reeves is the recipient of the Dinah Washington Award, a Rhythm n’ Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, a Black Woman in Publishing Legends Award, and has been inducted in the Alabama, Soul, Rock and Roll, and Vocal Group halls of fame. “Dancing in the Street” has been entered into the Library of Congress Registry of Historical Recordings and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Immortal Artists” and Martha herself was named one of the “30 Top Lead Singers of all Time.”
One of the desert’s most enjoyable and beloved fundraising events, Evening Under the Stars will continue its traditional ‘Dance Party’ theme with dancing immediately after the show with DJ Jerry Bonham on the main stage. Join the party!
Get Ready to Party
Coming soon: Palm Springs will be awash in men from May 5 to May 8 for the annual White Party, gay men’s retreat. Typically, about 30,000 revelers from the world over to participate in the event that includes wall-to-wall pool parties at the Renaissance Palm Springs hotel such as: the kick off Splash 1 from noon to 6 PM May 5; Splash 2, aptly subtitled Addicted to Boys, from 10 AM to 7 PM May 6; and Splash 3: One Day in Heaven from 10 AM to 4 PM May 7.
There will be parties such as a Military Ball, drinks, dancing, play and of course swimming. Performers include Belinda Carlisle at the White Party T-Dance, DJ Phil B, the Papa Party for those who like leather, featuring DJs Tomo Woodland, Isaac Escalante and all the sensations you can imagine, VIP daybeds and cabanas and Go-Go dancers galore!
The Renaissance Palm Springs is located at 888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. To find it, just follow the sound of music and fireworks. Get the Deets
Safe, Sustainable & Luxurious: Tesloop!
The Coachella Valley can now take part in the Tesloop experience. Share a ride in a fully electric Tesla Model S 85D and Model X 90D vehicles to points in and around Los Angeles. Tesloop’s motto: “We believe traveling in a safe and sustainable way should be an experience that’s truly amazing. From departure to arrival, we have designed a process free of hassles, and full of awesome. We think you’ll love it.” Try the Tesloop experience with special offers for GayDesertGuide Insiders HERE.
There's Power in Our Pride! Take the Survey!
We invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences from an LGBT perspective.
There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Everyone who completes the survey by May 15th, 2017 may opt to be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc. Express the Power of Your Pride. Take the Survey!
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Like its name, Chill Bar Palm Springs and Scorpion Room at 217 E. Arenas Road specializes in the tall, the cool and the refreshing. Try its selections during Happy Hour all day Mondays and from opening to 7 PM Tuesdays through Sundays where a Bloody Mary is $3, well drinks and house wines are $4, Bud and Miller Light is $2 and Chill Beer is $1.75.
Lean over the upper-level balcony at Moxie Palm Springs, 262 S. Palm Canyon Drive, and take in the desert vistas or just people watch from a spot up above it all. During Happy Hour from 4 PM to 7 PM Thursday thorugh Sunda and all day Monday through Wednesday, you can do all this with a nosh and a cool, refreshing drink. There’s $2-off Shareables & Salads, wine by the glass and Specialty Cocktails. And $1-off draft beer, house wines and well cocktails.
Get 50%-off of an array of such massages as Swedish, sports, deep tissue and pre-natal rub downs offered on demand by Soothe. Well-credentialed masseurs will come to your home, office or hotel room when you call and give you a soothing, one-hour session worth $99 for $49.50.
So Many Reasons to Proclaim: #ILoveGayPalmSprings
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