Brad Fuhr

Memorial Day took on a whole new meaning for me as KGAY 106.5 was honored at the 17th Annual Memorial Day Awards Luncheon by AMVETS Post 66! That’s the only LGBTQ post in America. Veterans for Peace held their annual luncheon and awards and KGAY Radio received the Business of the Year honor.

In the words of Tom Swann Hernandez, Founder and Commander, “KGAY has brought joy to those who were down in life. KGAY has the courage to say the words “gay veteran” and that is remarkable and why they are worthy of being recognized this Memorial Day.”

John Taylor and I were on hand to accept the award. I’m grateful, and humbled by the people who also received awards. Included were five holocaust survivors – two of whom had wives who survived them, and spoke of the atrocities of that period surrounding World War II. The impact of their stories will remain with me always. These women drew the parallel between Hitler’s Germany and contemporary events here in America. And while my hope is certainly “Never Again” , it will take a lot more than hope to turn back the current tide.

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Annual Memorial Day Air Fair & Flower Drop

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The Palm Springs Air Museum presents their Annual Memorial Day Air Fair & Flower Drop on Monday, May 29 from 10 am–5 pm. This is a very special day at the Museum, with a brief memorial service at 1 pm, dedicated to all of our fallen comrades. 3,000 red and white carnations, sponsored by Jessup Auto Plaza, will be dropped from a B-25 Mitchell bomber in a fly-by which honors those who paid the ultimate price. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. There are also flight exhibitions & activities scheduled all day long. Get tickets

Also on Memorial Day: KGAY 106.5 will be honored at the 17th Annual Memorial Day Awards Luncheon by AMVETS Post 66! Veterans for Peace will be meeting from 12–2 pm at the Cimarron Golf Resort for their annual luncheon and awards and KGAY Radio is set to receive the Business of the Year honor. In the words of Tom Swann Hernandez, Founder and Commander, “KGAY has brought joy to those who were down in life. KGAY has the courage to say the words “gay veteran” and that is remarkable and why they are worthy of being recognized this Memorial Day.”

Joslyn Center Senior Health & Fitness Day Health Expo

National Senior Health Fitness Day 2023

The Joslyn Center presents their Senior Health & Fitness Day Health Expo on Wednesday, May 31 from 9 am–Noon. Over 30 vendors will have information and answers on a variety of health and wellness subjects, and attendees can get glucose screening, blood pressure screening and body mass index evaluations. Desert Oasis Healthcare will give a “Stroke Risk & Prevention” lecture and Eisenhower Health will have an “Understanding Respiratory Issues” lecture with screenings. There will also be drawings and more at the Expo, held at The Joslyn Center, 73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert.

June Pride Month Kickoff Mixer on Arenas Road

Pride Mixer on Arenas

The Palm Springs Chamber presents their annual June Pride Mixer on Arenas Road on Thursday, June 1 from 5–6:30 pm. This a chance to mix and mingle with your old and new friends in the businesses and bars of the Arenas District. Take this opportunity to visit all your favorite businesses on Arenas Road! More info

Plaza Theatre Open Houses

Save Plaza Theatre Exterior Day

The Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation is holding free Open House events at the theatre to display plans and renderings of the renovations to the historic building. The informal Open House events will take place every Tuesday from 7–8 pm through June 6, where Foundation board members and other volunteers will greet attendees and answer questions about the project. The purpose of these free weekly events is to provide attendees with an opportunity to see firsthand the restoration plans for the iconic building as it enters its next act. Reservations are not necessary. More info

Shania Twain “Queen of Me” Tour


GRAMMY® Award-winning legend and the best-selling female artist in country music history Shania Twain brings her global 49-date Queen of Me Tour to Acrisure Arena on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 pm, with special guest Hailey Whitters. The tour marks the first-time fans around the world will get to see the queen in all of her glory in nearly five years, following a highly successful Vegas residency run. Get tickets

Movies in the Park – Funny Face

Funny Face MIP

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents Movies in the Park at the New Downtown Palm Springs Park on select Wednesdays, and this Wednesday, May 31 at 7 pm the film is Funny Face. Dispatched on an assignment, New York City-based fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) is struck by the beauty of Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), a shy bookstore employee he’s photographed by accident, who he believes has the potential to become a successful model. He gets Jo to go with him to France, where he snaps more pictures of her against iconic Parisian backdrops. In the process, they fall for one another, only to find hurdles in their way. More info

Recap: Season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Episode 4

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Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has your latest recap for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8, Episode 4: Screen Queens, where the contestants produce trailers for “sickening scripted series” to create “must-she tv.” A sexy balloon-popping activity with the Pit Crew determines the teams. Someone is “‘planting seeds’ of intrigue and mistrust,” as the three teams create their screen gems, and on the runway, the category is “Azz the World Turns.” Dante runs down all the goings-on, so read his full recap of Episode 4 [here].

LGBTQ Humanists of Coachella Valley

LGBTQ+ Humanist of Coachella Valley

The LGBTQ Humanists of Coachella Valley are meeting on Tuesday, May 30 from 6:30–8 pm on Zoom to discuss the questions: Are non-religious people moral? If so, on what do we base our moral code? Philosophers over the centuries have been divided between those who believe humans are basically good and those who believe that they are intrinsically evil. The latter believe that civilization is a thin veneer, that keeps the tendency of humans to be immoral, in check. Watch a series of short videos that examine the proposition that the building blocks of human morality are evolutionary adaptions enabling humans to live in groups. More info

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Boyz Night Out is Back

On Friday, June 2—and every Friday night!— Zoso Fun presents Boyz Night Out at Hotel Zoso from 4 pm–8 pm. This legendary pool party and happy hour will be hosted by Snatch and feature music from K-Gay’s own multi award-winning deejay Vincente Corrales as DJ Galaxy! Come and enjoy go-go boys, awesome drink specials, pop up drag events, PS Flaggers and more, and kick off the weekend! More info

Trina Turk Clothing

Sipping, Shopping, and Giving Back

Trina Turk and Mr. Turk invite you to an evening of Sipping, Shopping, and Giving Back on Friday, June 2 from 5:30–7:30 pm. 20% of sales during the event will benefit the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. RSVP requested. More info

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

GPS Restaurant Week 2023

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, June 2 and continues through Sunday, June 11. With a variety of restaurants participating, you can refresh your palate and discover new places to eat all while redeeming great offers! Savor the start of summer — every poolside bite, every chilled cocktail, every sunset dinner with a view — with more options including prix fixe menus and exclusive special offers only available during Restaurant Week. See our event listing for a list of participating restaurants: More info

Lizzo – The Special 2our


Global sensation and professional flutist, Lizzo brings her The Special 2our with special guest Latto to Acrisure Arena on Friday, June 2 at 8 pm. Her most recent album Special peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart, hailed by Rolling Stone as “the most unabashedly joyous, sonically diverse, and emotionally profound album put out by a major label since Beyonce’s Lemonade.” Get tickets

Death Cafe June 2023

PALS Death Cafe

They say “talking about death makes us feel good about living,” and this Thursday, June 1 from 2–3 pm, PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors) presents their Death Cafe meeting on Zoom. This is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Just bring your curiosity and your thoughts/ideas about death or dying. More info

Coachella Valley Firebirds in Western Conference Finals

The inaugural season for our local ice hockey expansion team, the Coachella Valley Firebirds, keeps getting better. This 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 three rounds of playoffs and now they are in the Western Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Admirals. This best-of-seven series will return to Acrisure Arena for games 6 & 7 on June 5 & 7 (if necessary). Get tickets

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