Brad Fuhr

Will there be a local “trifecta” of winners this week? Sunday gave us two pieces of good news: Abi Carter won American Idol in a nail-biting show that featured her hometown of Indio in the national spotlight. Then, word that the Coachella Valley Firebirds swept the Ontario Reign to advance to the Western Conference finals made it a big night for us.

The third? Our own Mr. Palm Springs Leather, Oscar Uvillus, of course! He’ll be competing in the International Mr. Leather competition in Chicago this Memorial Day weekend.

Yes, the first two winners are headline-grabbing to a broad audience. But having the possibility of a local representing our community at IML is also a big deal. Oscar is the husband of my longtime friend and co-worker, Chris Shebel, KGAY’s program director and afternoon drive host. I’ll be in Chicago this weekend to cheer them on and hopefully be able to report that trifecta next week.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs

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DBA Mixer at KESQ

DBA Mixer

The Desert Business Association (DBA) is holding a Networking Mixer at KESQ-TV in Thousand Palms on Monday, May 20 from 5:30–7 pm. KESQ has been an ABC Television station for the Coachella Valley since 1968. It originally went on air as KPLM-TV named for “Palm” as in “Palm Springs.” The station was renamed late in 1979 to the current call letters of KESQ-TV when the station was purchased by Esquire Communications, the owner of Esquire Magazine. KESQ along with KPSP and KDFX are currently owned by New-Press Gazette and Gulf California Broadcasting and serves Coachella Valley and the high desert. Come check out this interesting venue for some fun and networking! More info

May Center Social 2024

The Center Social

Join The LGBTQ Community Center of The Desert for their monthly Center Social on Wednesday, May 22 from 5:30–7 pm at Impala Bar & Grill. Everyone is invited to come for connection, friendship, and a tasty happy hour and fresh Tex Mex food. PromoHomo.TV is this month’s sponsor! More info

Concerts in the Park: The Dreamboats

Palm Desert’s free Concerts in the Park series returns to Civic Center Park on Thursday evenings at 7 pm throughout the month of May. On Thursday, May 23, the series continues with The Dreamboats. This internationally known group are as well known for their wild stage antics as they are for capturing both the iconic look and sound of the biggest 50s and 60s rock and pop pioneers. In addition to the great music, concertgoers can enjoy delicious culinary creations offered by a variety of food trucks, or bring your own picnic basket along with blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show. More info

Dry Heat x Love Affair Pre-Desertopia Kiki

Dry Heat Love Affair Pre-Desertopia 2024

Dry Heat x Love Affair are kicking off Desertopia weekend with the official Pre-Desertopia Party on Thursday, May 23 from 8 pm–2 am at Toucans Tiki Lounge. Come for connection, love, new friends, and great music to start the long weekend off right. Dry Heat is a local DJ collective who throw unique underground dance parties in Palm Springs. Love Affair is a Los Angeles party focussed on Queer building community through contemporary dance music. They’ve joined forces for a one-night-only extravaganza featuring Hidden Spheres (Manchester, UK). Register in advance: More info

High School Student Art Show

DAC Student Art Show

The Desert Art Center, in partnership with the Palm Springs Unified School District, presents the High School Student Art Show this Friday–Sunday, May 24–26, open from 10 am–4 pm, with a reception on Friday, May 24 from 5–7 pm, to celebrate student art. Students will be awarded first, second, third, and honorable mention in several categories, and grants will go to high school art departments based on the portfolio of students’ art work. More info

Dive-In Movie: Lilo & Stitch

Dive-In Movie Nights Crop

Get ready to dive into magical evenings at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center for the annual Summer Dive-In Movie Series, starting Friday, May 24 at 7:30 pm with a screening of Disney’s enchanting film Lilo & Stitch, a heartwarming story about a young girl’s close encounter with the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. Grab your kids, towels, blankets, and swimsuits for a fun-filled, interactive experience that create unforgettable family memories under the stars. More info

Ask a Gay Doc: Doxy-PrEP vs. Doxy-PEP

Ask a Gay Doc Episode 5
Ask a Gay Doc Episode 5

Dr. Renzo Corzano and KGAY’s John Taylor are answering your health-related questions in the Ask A Gay Doc series, sponsored by Desert Oasis Healthcare. In Episode 5, Dr. Corzano and John discuss Doxy-PrEP vs. Doxy-PEP, plus: how to treat the runny nose cough and congestion caused by pollen and dust here in the valley this spring. Watch the Ask a Gay Doc series, and find out how you can submit your own questions, on the Ask a Gay Doc page at


Monday, May 20
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ronald M. Auen Learning Center
| 9:15 am at the Palm Springs Air Museum

Tuesday, May 21
Trans Tuesdays on Zoom
| 6:30–7:30 pm, presented by The Center

Wednesday, May 22
Shea Welsh & Hope Diamond, The Blues Experience
| 7 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs
Broadway Showstoppers with Glenn Rosenblum | 7 pm at CVRep
Gay Naked Talk Show with Skyler Gentry w/guest David Pevsner | 7 pm at Dietlart Gallery
Idyllwild Arts Grand Film Showcase & Awards | 7 pm at Idyllwild Arts Campus

Thursday, May 23
Ashley Anne and the Carnations | 7 pm at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs
Edmund Bagnell Violin/Vocals | 7 pm at CVRep

Friday, May 24
Bert Spivak Walk of the Stars Dedication Ceremony
| 9 am at 140 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Sunday, May 26
Screwballs Sundays: Trouble in Paradise | 3 pm at Palm Springs Cultural Center

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