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Cinema Diverse 2022
Cinema Diverse celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the 2022 edition running from September 15–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This LGBTQ+ festival is dedicated to advancing and further strengthening our diverse gay community by presenting a world-class presentation featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema from around the world. Organizers say “LGBTQ+ films and LGBTQ+ film festivals are critical to our local community, and to the world community, because they tell stories that remind us of where we came from, who we are, and who we can be.” Check out our event listing for information on tickets, six-packs, and passes: More info
On Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm, All Man: The International Male Story is a journey across three decades of the International Male catalog’s lasting impact on fashion, masculinity, and gay rights. With revenues at its peak of $120 million and circulation of over 3 million, the catalog successfully appealed to both gay and straight audiences and helped transform conservative notions of American masculinity into a more carefree, cosmopolitan, and confident expression. Gay Desert Guide’s own Brad Fuhr will moderate a Q&A after the film. Get tickets
On Saturday, September 17 at 2:30 pm, Cinema Diverse and the LGBTQ+ History and Archives of the Desert present the film Desert Migration. Filmed here in the Palm Springs area under the direction of Daniel F. Cardone and produced by Marc Smolowitz, the film looks at a variety of HIV-positive men who moved here to the desert in search of a healing oasis. Get tickets
On Sunday, September 18 the PFLAG- produced short film, “Taking the Long Road Home,” will screen at 12:30 pm as part of Shorts Set: Let Every Voice Be Heard. “Taking The Long Road Home” is a film that thoughtfully explores – through a collection of intimate interviews with Black spiritual leaders – the question “Is there room in the Black church for LGBTQ+ people of faith?” Get tickets
Positively Aging Project
The 2022 Positively Aging Project will take place as a hybrid in-person and virtual conference on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am–3 pm on Zoom and at the Joslyn Center. This FREE annual Coachella Valley conference is aimed at providing practical information and inspiration for those living long-term with HIV. The keynote speaker is Jack Mackenroth of Project Runway fame, now a HIV and LGBTQ advocate. Featured speaker Porchia Dees represents “verticals” who were born with and live with HIV their entire lives. Other topics and speakers include: Steve Rossetti, MS on courageously moving forward during times of increasing uncertainty, a roundtable with Let’s KICK AIDS Survivor Syndrome members, an HIV research update panel with Golkoo Morcos, PharmD (BIOS Clinical), Ann Stapleton, MD (Eisenhower Health), Carlos Martinez, MD (Palmtree Medical Research), and Jeff Taylor (HARP-PS). There will also be a Monkeypox update with Dr Phyllis Ritchie (PS Test STD Clinic). Brad Fuhr, owner of KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide.LGBT, will be moderating the day’s events (Both KGAY & Gay Desert Guide are media sponsors of Positively Aging Project). More info
Gay Days Anaheim
Gay Days Anaheim takes place this weekend, September 16–18 at the Disneyland Resort, Disney’s California Adventure, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. The event within the parks is a “mix in,” meaning gay people and straight people mingle together; the park is open to the general public, but Gay Days participants wear red shirts to identify one another and show their numbers. Outside of the parks, there will be drag performances with DeJa Skye and Jackie Cox, cocktail receptions, the Kingdom! dance party at House of Blues, Plunge! pool party, and more. Get tickets