Pride month is in full spendor as LA Pride just wrapped up over the weekend, and a new week awaits us to help celebrate this month of rainbows, unicorns and Target shopping.
I went to the Palm Desert Target store just to support the brand. Low and behold, the Pride display was still in the FRONT of the store. My purchase: Underwear benefitting The Trevor Project.
Acrisure’s Berger Foundation Iceplex gets in on the Pride action with a “frozen pool party” that we’ll be co-sponsoring this week. And “the show must go on” – Pride night at Dodger Stadium comes to fruition Friday after their missteps earlier.
Our local Pride celebration waits till November, but you can do your part to keep Palm Springs Pride “free” by coming to the Big Gay BBQ next weekend. Finger lickin’ fun awaits!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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The Berger Foundation Iceplex at Acrisure Arena presents its first-ever Pride Frozen Pool Party on the ice on Wednesday, June 14 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Consider it opposite day at the Iceplex, turning the ice into a summer paradise! Skate to the grooves of DJ Modgirl and wear your favorite poolside attire (layer up, though, because of course it’s an ice rink). Enjoy games, giveaways, and giant floaties and beach balls, and share your pride by writing colorful messages on the ice. Get a free t-shirt with admission while supplies last. Get tickets
Coachella Valley Firebirds: Calder Cup Final
The Coachella Valley Firebirds have made it to the Calder Cup Final in their inaugural season! They began play in the 2022-23 American Hockey League with the brand-new Acrisure Arena as their home ice, as an owned-and-operated affiliate of the Seattle Kraken. They’ve emerged victorious from the Western Conference Finals, and are now in the the Calder Cup Finals (best of 7 games) against the Hershey Bears, and they’ve started by winning two home games and will be playing away at Hershey on Tuesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 15, plus Saturday, June 17 if necessary and then the series will return to the Coachella Valley for Games 6 & 7 on Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 21 if necessary. Get tickets
Can’t Cancel Pride 2023
Can’t Cancel Pride 2023 – The Future Starts Now takes place as a livestream on Thursday, June 15 at 5 pm PT, for an evening recognizing the LGBTQ+ community and celebrating organizations creating a more inclusive and equal world. Hosted by JoJo Siwa, this year’s fourth annual Can’t Cancel Pride will focus on the LGBTQ+ community’s past achievements, the urgency of the present moment and the hope for our future. This year, the 2023 Elton John Impact Award will be presented to Brandi Carlile for her humanitarian work with the Looking Out Foundation, which amplifies the impact of music by funding and empowering causes and organizations that often go unnoticed. Watch live or on demand through June 30 on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and YouTube pages, Revry, The Roku Channel, and The Advocate Channel. More info
LGBTQ Night at Dodger Stadium
The Dodgers have again teamed up with their long-time community nonprofit partner LA Pride to host their annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night at Dodger Stadium, presented by Blue Shield of California, on Friday, June 16. LA Pride fans will enjoy a host of extras, before & after the 7:10 pm matchup against the SF Giants including: LA Pride Party in the Centerfield Plaza starts at 5:30 pm with DJ Bowie Jane, specialty drinks with commemorative Pride Night cups, The all new LA Pride Dodgers jersey for 2023, On-field honors to community notables, and a post-game drone light show. Get tickets
Recap: Season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Episode 6
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has your latest recap for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8, Episode 6: JOAN! The Unauthorized Rusical, and Dante says, “It’s a new day and the werkroom is decorated with portraits of two great Hollywood stars: Joan Crawford and Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford. (Really, who can tell them apart anymore?). This week’s maxi challenge will be to perform in JOAN! The Unauthorized Rusical. Each queen will play Joan at a different stage in her career.” Find out how it all went down, how they worked the runway, and who was sent home when you read his full recap of Episode 6 [here].
Trans and Nonbinary Tuesday
The Transgender Health and Wellness Center hosts their monthly social event, Trans and Nonbinary Tuesday on Tuesday, June 13 at 6 pm at the Trixie Motel. Attendees have the opportunity to mingle with the gender diverse community and get connected to vital resources. Community partnerships are created with local businesses so community members are safe to gather and enjoy. More info
Gender Euphoria Workshop
Join The Center Coachella on Wednesday, June 14 from 1–2:30 pm for a Gender Euphoria Workshop to explore a variety of non-medical options (binders, gaffs, chest forms, makeup, etc) to increase gender euphoria. Youth ages 13+ welcome. More info
S.T.A.R. Workshop – Working with Prime Contractors
Southern California Edison & the Desert Business Association present a virtual SCE Business STAR Workshop, Hidden Rules to Working with Prime Contractors, on Tuesday, June 13 from 9 am–11:30 am. In this course, participants will learn common expectations among prime contractors and large businesses. Participants will explore varying distinctions that allow companies to thrive and succeed in the larger marketplace. Participants will determine the steps necessary to prepare and engage with Primes. Finally, they will learn how to evaluate strategies to obtain experience in subcontracting, teaming, and mentor/protégé structures. More info
A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging
Eisenhower Health & The Center present A Women’s Guide to Healthy Aging on Wednesday, June 14 from 4–5 pm via Zoom. As many women over 50 know, some things just get better with age. However, aging also increases the risk for developing health conditions that can impact your quality of life. To take care of yourself at any age, it pays to be well informed. Join Cari Sudmeier, NP, to learn about a few conditions that are common among women as they age – and what you can do to prevent or treat them. More info
The ABCDEs of Melanoma
Eisenhower Health and the Mizell Center present The ABCDEs of Melanoma on Thursday, June 15, from 12–1 pm at the Mizell Center. One easy way to remember common characteristics of melanoma is to think alphabetically using the ABCDEs of melanoma – Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Evolving. These are the characteristics of skin damage that doctors look for when diagnosing and classifying melanomas. Join Jaime DeVito, MD, Board Certified in Dermatology, to get answers to the common questions concerning melanoma. More info