As I was thinking about what Harvey Milk meant to our world, I started researching his quotes. We face so many of the same challenges that Harvey helped to overcome. I was struck by this one as our Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is on this week’s ”gay agenda”. Here Milk talks as if he were commenting on the Florida ”don’t say gay” bill.
Milk said, ”I was born of heterosexual parents. I was taught by heterosexual teachers in a fiercely heterosexual society. Television ads and newspaper ads — fiercely heterosexual. A society that puts down homosexuality. And why am I a homosexual if I’m affected by role models? I should have been a heterosexual. And no offense meant, but if teachers are going to affect you as role models, there’d be a lot of nuns running around the streets today.”
As we know, the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is being renewed. We stand beside women who will see Roe v. Wade overturned, and we know that sights are set on our rights, too. This week’s breakfast will raise money for the Safe Schools project and show hundreds of students what activism is all about. We look forward to a day when we can put this fight to rest.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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The Harvey Milk Coachella Valley Diversity Breakfast takes place on Wednesday, March 11 from 8:30–11 am at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This inspiring event brings together all who support equality and justice in celebration of the influential civil rights activist. Mayor Annise Parker will be this year’s recipient of the Harvey B. Milk Legacy Award. Parker currently serves as the President & CEO of Victory Fund. She served six years as a Houston City Council member, six years as City Controller, and six years as Mayor of the city. Andy Linsky will be recognized for his activism and deeply-rooted commitment to philanthropy, as he receives the Harvey B. Milk. Leadership Award. More info
The Oasis Music Festival is an all-genre music festival presenting its inaugural run from Wednesday, May 11 through Sunday, May 15 at over 60 venues throughout the Coachella Valley. The festival aims to revive the storied past of the musical playground that made Palm Springs famous. From the 1950s performances of the Rat Pack to today’s indie rockers, musicians of all genres, from all over the world, have found inspiration here in the desert. A portion of the proceeds from this festival will help in the efforts to restore the historic 800-seat Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs. Check our event listing for links to artists performing, daily schedule, venues, and tickets: More info
Modernism Week is launching Modernism Week — May, a special four-day event featuring a limited edition of exclusive tours, evening programming, and more, running Thursday, May 12–Sunday, May 15. There will be exclusive tours of Modernism Week Showcase Home, Casa Tierra, a newly remodeled hillside estate in Palm Desert by Bobby Berk, design expert and Emmy-nominated host of Netflix’s Queer Eye. In addition to tours of Casa Tierra, participants may also purchase tickets to various historical walking tours in Palm Springs, craft cocktail mixology classes, exciting dinner and live music experiences, and special “Top Ten” tour excursions highlighting Desert Modernist architecture in Palm Springs. Get tickets
4 Saints Winemaker Dinner
On Friday, May 13 from 6:30–9:30 pm, join 4 Saints Executive Chef Ysaac Ramirez and Berkeley-based winemaker Tracey Rogers Brandt for a special five-course dinner paired with Donkey & Goat’s natural wines. A pioneer in the natural wine community, Tracey founded Donkey & Goat in 2004 on ecological principles. Its wines are handcrafted from organic, biodynamically farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino County and Napa Valley. Get tickets
The Annual All-Valley Multi-Chamber Networking Mixer returns to the Palm Springs Air Museum on Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30–7:30 pm. A large crowd of business people and individuals from across the Coachella Valley is anticipated, with over 650 people to mix-and-mingle over the two-hour event. There is plenty of room in the hanger to accommodate the larger crowd, as well as lots of planes and history to view. More info
The Palm Springs International Film Society presents Shortfest @ Gré on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 pm. From a pandemic-set musical to siblings finding out what really happens on the way to stardom, this music-themed lineup will make you laugh, cry, scream and everything in between. This FREE community event is a night of music themed short films and lots and lots of delicious coffee. More info
The 2022 edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival takes place May 11–15 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader, Arthur Lyons, the popular Film Noir festival includes an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period. The fatalistic classic They Live By Night opens the festival and will be introduced by acclaimed critic and film historian Leonard Maltin. The Festival is known for unearthing and screening rare films, restored classics, and for the special appearances of the stars who were in them. Get tickets
On Wednesday, May 11 at 7 pm, the Palm Springs Cultural Center presents a fundraiser for the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, called Victoria/Victor: A Cabaret for Mature Audiences. In this 85 minute, multi-media cabaret, Victoria Mature sings music inspired by her father’s career in motion pictures…everything from Opera to Broadway to Folk to Weill to Jazz, and more…in between, she tells stories about Mature’s movie career and about what it was like having Victor as her dad. Get tickets