Joshua Tree Stonewall Remembrance Days Underway Now

Joshua Tree Stonewall Remembrance Days (JTSRD) is four days of poetry, art, music and theatre in remembrance of the Stonewall riots. The events happen June 22 – 25 at Art Queen at 61855 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.

JTSRD events reflecting the gay experience include a presentation by director/writer/actor Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The L Word), the opening of Fertile Desert, an exhibition of recent work by photographer Eric Schwabel, readings by Raquel Gutiérrez and Anna Joy Springer, a late night screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and a Sunday morning pancake breakfast. All the action launched Thursday and here's what remains as we publish:

Friday, June 23

  • 8:00 PM: My Journey Through Lesbian Representation, a clip reel and conversation with Quinevere Turner followed by Q&A;
  • 9:30 PM: Documentary: Marco Castro-Bojorquez's El Canto del Colibri, Latin American immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ children experience the process of family acceptance

Saturday, June 24

  • 3:00 PM: Dance and Stretch with Dapper Studios. Participate…bring a yoga mat!
  • 3:45 PM: Introductory Remarks: Why Remember Stonewall with T. Hammidi
  • 4:00 PM: A fun fashion show by Dusty Deserette, and Pink-ish Leather Fashions presentation by the legendary Robert Warner
  • 5:00 PM: Gallery reception for Eric Schwabel's “Fertile Desert” exhibition with thanks to Bruce Bibby/Ted Casablanca Gallery
  • 5:30 PM: Shari Elf performs “An Ode to Mr. Morgan”
  • 6:00 PM:  Poetry/Spoken Word by Raquel Gutierrez and Anna Joy Springer
  • 6:45 PM:  Dance Party/Live Bands: Teddy Quinn Band, Leslie Mariah and Small World Experience, Jeff Hafler & The Wonder People, Daytime Moon
  • 10:30 PM: Screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (attendees encouraged to dress up)

Sunday, June 25

  • 11:30 AM: A Pancake Breakfast with live music by the JT Jazz Band and performance art by Aaron Sheppard

Get Your Pride On in Orange County This Weekend!

While the main day of festivities is June 24th, there's been a whole lot of pride happening in Orange County all week!  OC Pride invites you to the Orange County ‘As One’ LGBT Pride Parade & Festival on Saturday, June 24th 2017!  The team will be there!

Come and CELEBRATE the ACCOMPLISHMENTS, DREAMS, LOVE, and HOPE of the LGBT community as they take over the streets and expand with tons of great surprises in-store!!! This year they will be shutting down both 3rd and 4th street between French and Main; successfully doubling the size of the festival!

Remaining activities in this busy week include:

  • THURSDAY (June 22): The PROM: Standing Proud! – OC Pride Week
  • FRIDAY (June 23): Weekend Kick-Off Party at Tin Lizzie Saloon
  • SATURDAY (June 24): The 2017 Orange County ‘As One’ LGBT Pride Parade & Festival and The Official OC Pride ‘As One’ Closing Party
  • SUNDAY (June 25): Laguna Beach and the Boom Boom Room Beach Party – OC Pride Week Finale for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

There's a so much happening behind the Orange Curtain this weekend! More info!  Get the details!

PS Int' ShortFest Continues Through Sunday

You know it's summer in Palm Springs when hundreds of makers of short films converge for The Palm Springs International ShortFest — now in its 23rd year — the largest short film event in North America.

A highly competitive festival, ShortFest receives 4,200± submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs, with many of the remaining titles available for viewing our Film Market. An Oscar® and BAFTA®-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscar® nominations and/or awards. Get the Details!


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Top Five Bookmarks of the Week ​on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

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  2. You Don't Have To Leave Your Couch To Experience Shortfest

  3. Outfest at 35 years: Great moments remembered

  4. How Splash House Founder Tyler McLean Went From Frat Boy to Festival Power 

  5. 12 Things to Never Say to Gay Men

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