Well slap me silly and butter my biscuits! We are through the Oscars, but the controversy surrounding that “slap seen ’round the world” will endure. As John Taylor highlighted on KGAY 106.5, it was a great night for LGBTQ+ women of color and that speech by Ariana DeBose brought tears to many of our collective eyes!
Speaking of women, I was honored to attend the L-Fund Starlight Soiree Saturday where we provided Melissa Etheridge tickets for the auction. I learned that The Dinah’s last hurrah is this week as the Chevron Open moves to Texas next year. But not to worry, Mariah Hansen still has the Club Skirts/Dinah Shore weekend in the fall. Remember to download our latest calendar of events from the homepage of Gay Desert Guide.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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KGAY 106.5 is proud to welcome iconic rocker and LGBTQ-trailblazer Melissa Etheridge to the McCallum Theatre on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 29 & 30 at 7 pm. Known widely for her commercial success with hits like “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window,” and “I Want to Come Over,” Melissa’s latest album (and the tour) is called One Way Out. The 9-track album is a collection of songs Etheridge wrote in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s that never made the cut….until now! The time is finally right, and fans will finally get a deeper glimpse to who Melissa was then. Get tickets
KGAY 106.5 is offering a special last-minute chance to win tickets to see Melissa! Come to Jolene’s in Palm Desert on Wednesday, March 30, opening at 4 pm with host Mina Hartong for a special afternoon of mixing & mingling with your gay and lesbian neighbors, and a drawing to win tickets to Melissa Etheridge performing at the McCallum Theatre that same night! Drawing to take place just after 6 pm, for the 7 pm show. More info
GrubHub and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) are coming to the Coachella Valley to celebrate the resilience of LGBTQ business by presenting grants to six members of the Desert Business Association (DBA) on Monday, March 28 at 5 pm at Oscar’s. This special grant is meant to assist small and diverse restaurants and bars that serve food. We have six local recipients, including Hunter’s, Bouschet/PS Air, Wilma & Frieda, and Oscar’s in Palm Springs; and Runway and AMP Sports Lounge in Cathedral City. More info
The Purple Room presents a special event, Brown Forman Jack Daniel’s Premium Whiskey Tasting on Monday, March 28 from 6–8 pm. Experience the best Brown Forman and Jack Daniel’s have to offer as they showcase some of their Premium Whiskey at ‘Frank’s Bourbon Bar’ located inside Purple Room Supper Club. More info
The Chevron Championship takes place March 28–April 3 at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. This is one of the five Major championships of professional women’s golf on the LPGA Tour. The official name of the trophy is “The Dinah Shore Trophy.” The trophy is named in honor of the television, film and recording star Dinah Shore, who was probably the single greatest influence in helping the Ladies Professional Golf Association achieve the prestige it enjoys today. More info
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens present Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival, open from 6:30–10 pm, nightly through April 29. This brand-new and larger-than-life illuminated experience will feature intricate, immersive, and truly awe-inspiring animal and nature-scape lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe. Dozens of displays featuring illuminated lanterns and light displays will create unforgettable moments and experiences. Get tickets
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and this week, the queens perform in the romantic “Moulin Ru: The Rusical.” Who will play the plum lead role of Saltine? “Bosco and Lady Camden.. put their four stilettoed feet down that they will not relinquish this star-making opportunity.” Find out how it all plays out! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 12: Moulin Ru: The Rusical, [here].