Heaven is a Place in Downtown Palm Springs!

Belinda Carlisle

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.

Papa PartyThere 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

The Fabulous "Evening Under the Stars"

Saturday, May 6, 2017, marks AIDS Assistance Program's 24th annual Evening Under the Stars, which includes an extendedEvening Under the Stars cocktail hour, delicious dinner, awards, fireworks and much more.

For 2017, organizers 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.

Evening Under the Stars 2017Reeves 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 continues its traditional ‘Dance Party’ theme with dancing immediately after the show with DJ Jerry Bonham on the main stage. Join the party!

You're Invited to the Inaugural East Coachella Valley Pride

Also May 6, you're invited to the 1st Annual East Coachella Valley Pride Festival, which doubles an LGBTQ+ & Family resource fair. Open to all, there will be booths with great resources, fun activities, delicious food, and talented performers. More info

Don't Miss The Opportunity to Make Your Opinions Count.  Take the Survey This Week!

CMI SurveyWe 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.  David Paisley, a local resident, is one of the principals of the company and has presented results to our clients, DBA members and the PSHA.  Express the Power of Your Pride.  Take the Survey!

CLARK GABLE SLEPT HERE Includes "Adult Material and Nudity."

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Valley’s LGBTQA+ Stage Company, presents the West Coast premiere of Michael McKeever’s dark comedy, CLARK GABLE SLEPT HERE, Friday, May 5, 2017, for a four-week run.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, through May 28, 2017.

One of the silver screen’s brightest action stars charms his way through the Golden Globe Awards ceremony accompanied by his wife. Meanwhile, back at the Chateau Marmont, his staff tries to figure out what to do with the naked dead male prostitute on his bedroom floor..

Desert's Got Talent Benefits Boo2Bullying

Boo2Bullying proudly presents its first annual talent showcase—Desert's Got Talent—featuring the breakout stars of tomorrow. We'll feature singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages, with winners to be decided by the audience. 

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, May 6, Annenberg Theater, 101 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262. 5:30pm Red Carpet arrivals, 6:30 Talent Showcase competition begins. 8:00 Awards presented. Tickets $25.  KMIR-TV's "Desert Living" host Bryan Gallo will serve as emcee for the evening and our special musical guest Matt Zarley with a performance by Fleet Easton.

The purpose of this inaugural event is two-fold: (1) to give performers the opportunity to self-express, promote unity against bullying and intolerance, and encourage, educate and engage our communities; and (2) to raise awareness and funds for Boo2Bullying programs and new initiatives. More Info

Powerful Anti-Bullying Event Planned

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TG Monday's at Bongo Johnny's Empowers the Transgender Community

TG Mondays at Bongo Johnny's

The Transgender Community Coalition and Bongo Johnny's present TGMondays every 2nd Monday of the month.  All day, a percentage of purchases benefit the RAINA CHESSMAN FUND to help the local community.  And specifically, between 5-8 PM, is the Transgender Social Hour (three hours, actually).  All the excitement takes place at Bongo Johnny's Bar & Grille, 214 E. Arenas Road.

Transgender Community Coalition changes and creates ordinances, policies, laws and the attitudes of the public so that all people no matter where they are on the gender spectrum can live safely, authentically and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation or gender expression.

Anil Patel says, ,#ILoveGayPalmSprings Because…

Anil Patel (above left, also known in some circles as Chanelta, above right) is the Production Manager at White Party Entertainment and has had the honor of working for Jeffrey Sanker for the past 11 years, along with multiple stars like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Ke$ha, RuPaul, LeAnn Rimes, Deborah Cox and Erika Jayne, just a sampling of past White Party headliners. Learn why Anil proclaims, #ILoveGayPalmSprings…

White Party Man Crush!

For the final #MCM #MancrushMonday leading up to White Party Palm Springs 2017, how could we NOT feature Eliad Cohen of Papa Party Fame? One of the events during #WPPS2017 is Papa Dark – Leather, Sweat & Sex. Read all about it!.

The Los Angeles Blade celebrates its launch

Los Angeles Blade Launch Party Photo GalleryThe Los Angeles Blade magazine celebrated its launch last week at a popular LA restaurant. The Blade, known as America’s LGBT news source as the longest running LGBT newspaper in Washington, D.C., also boasts coverage of Southern California. That means we will probably be seeing a lot of them in Greater Palm Springs and glimpse a lot of our friends, neighbors and opinion leaders in the pages of The Los Angeles Blade.  View the photo gallery!

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Happy Hour Finder

Purple Room Palm SpringsMichael Holmes’ Purple Room Supper Club at 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive offers a wonderful Happy Hour from 4 PM to 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday. It’s devoted an entire menu of light bites as well as St. Louis Spare Ribs, Chicken Wings and 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese specially priced for Happy Hour. In addition to that, there are $4 well cocktails, $4 glass of wine, $6 well martinis, $6 well margaritas and more.

Moxie Palm SpringsLean 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 above it all.  During Happy Hour from 4 PM to 7 PM Thursday through Sunday, and all day Monday through Wednesday, you can lounge and enjoy a nosh and a cool, refreshing drink. There's a $2-off Sharables & Salads, wine by the glass and Specialty Cocktails. And $1-off draft beer, house wines and well cocktails.

C'mon, C'mon, Get Happy!….  Here!

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The Appetito Deli is a great place for lunch or dinner especially when you can enjoy their classic Italian-American cuisine for half-off. And Appetito, at 1700 S. Camino Real in Palm Springs, has all the traditional dishes to choose from. Of course, that includes pasta and risotto plus new twists such as kale caesar and prosciutto with blueberry, goat cheese and thyme pizzettes. Try $25 worth of any of this and pay just $12.50.

There are south-of-the-border treats all over the Coachella Valley, but none like Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, especially when you can try them at 40% off. Located at 350 S.  Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Rio Azul’s Chef Ernesto Gastelum’s dazzles the eye and the palate with his exciting twists on the traditional tacos, enchiladas and the like made from the freshest ingredients. Every dish is prepared promptly, presenting a homemade Mexican flavor. Let the food speak for itself. When a $50 meal can be had for $30, the food shouts “Sabroso!”

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