Hungary celebrates its establishment and St. Stephen each August 20th. That’s the day our Brandg Vacations cruise down the Danube arrived in the storied cities. Yes, Buda is one side of the river and Pest is the other – now combined after years of Communist rule and other turmoil.
We ended our trip with 20+ Coachella Valley gays and lesbians on board along with our “KGAY Word of the Day” winners celebrating with the rest of the country. The nighttime cruise down the Danube was magical as you can see from the photo below. The buildings were lit in the colors of their flag. Music, food and festivities overtook the cities.
Getting out of the USA and experiencing other country’s cultures is humbling, revealing, and helps bring perspective to world events. As August ends, those who take a summer break from the heat had their own experiences.
You may have only traveled a few hours to see family and friends. Or you may have gone halfway around the world like I did. I know I’m fortunate to do so, and don’t take it for granted. But I do wish the slight cultural awakening I had this trip could be shared universally.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Join the Desert Business Association (DBA), in partnership with Some Fabulous Leos (SFL Presents), at their Networking Event and Scholarship Fundraiser on Monday, August 22 at 5:30 pm at AMP Sports Lounge. Bring your checkbook or credit card to help raise funds for Youth Education Scholarships through Safe Schools Desert Cities. Each year, Safe Schools Desert Cities presents over 30 scholarships to LGBTQ+ youth in our Coachella Valley toward higher education. For the last six years, DBA has raised funds, $1500 each, to support two of those educational scholarships. and would like to expand that. At this event, they will also announce a DBA member who is sponsoring a NEW $1500 scholarship! More info
Monkeypox Community Town Hall Meeting
The HIV + Aging Research Project (HARP-PS) is hosting another Monkeypox Community Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, August 23 at 6 pm on Zoom. County and State public health officials will provide updates on this rapidly growing concern. Help keep yourself and our community safe and get educated! More info
The Desert Business Association invites LGBTQ business owners to attend How to Get Certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise, on Tuesday, August 23 from 12–1:30 pm. This free, 90-minute workshop will explain both how to get certified, and discuss the benefits of certification for businesses that are 51%+ owned/controlled by an LGBTQ person. Sponsored by and in partnership with T-Mobile, the NGLCC – National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Desert Business Association, and the other California LGBTQ Chambers — all who are working for your success. More info
The CV Philharmonic Society presents the third installment in their Introductory Chamber Series, No. 3 Romantic Duo on Tuesday, August 23 from 6:30–8:30 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The Romantic Duo program features John Scanlon on viola and Richart Treat on cello. Proceeds benefit Youth Training Orchestras of America and the Palm Springs Cultural Center Theatre 3 Renovation. Get tickets
The August Center Social presented by The LGBTQ Center of the Desert will be in the Lobby Lounge at Hotel Zoso on Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30–7 pm. Beat the heat and step into the lobby with refreshing drinks and community vibes for a good time meeting with your friends and also making new ones! More info