Where else but Palm Springs can you brunch with the Ocotillo Club donors for the LGBTQ Center by day, then see some of the attendees twerking to Big Freedia at the newly-reopened Alibi by night? Not to mention all the Coachella peeps in town for Easter weekend. (and a few were called out for bad behavior on social media).
We love the Coachella Valley this time of year – the flowers are blooming, cool nights and hot pool days, plus a real buzz of activity before summer hits us!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
For the latest, follow our socials @GayDesertGuide and @KGAY1065 and listen to KGAY Palm Springs wherever you may be!
P.S. If you’re not getting the weekly “Oasis Insiders” newsletter, please sign up today so we can stay in touch.
The Desert Business Association (DBA) will present five awards to business/community leaders and organizations at their Business & Community Service Awards on Monday, April 18 at 5:30 pm at Desert Rose Playhouse. These recipients have served as examples of strength and foresight in their activities over these past few years. This year’s recipients are: The Roost Lounge (Outstanding Business), Jimmy Boegle (Outstanding Business Leader for his work as editor/publisher, Coachella Valley Independent), Brothers of the Desert (Outstanding Community Service Organization), Ron deHarte (Outstanding Community Service Leader as President of Palm Springs Pride), and Ron Celona (Legacy Award, for his work at CVRep as founding artistic director). They will also award three educational scholarships to LGBTQ youth from across the Coachella Valley to help them continue their college education. More info
Recognized for his activism and deeply rooted commitment to philanthropy, Andy Linsky will receive the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award, which will be presented at the 10th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Wednesday, May 11 at 8:30 am. [Get tickets] The Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award is bestowed on an individual who has worked to enrich the lives of LGBTQ individuals through activism in labor, housing, education, and or human rights. More info
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has recapped the latest episode from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, and it’s a reunion of the Season 14 queens! From the eliminated queens to the “final five,” they gather to talk about fame, fashion, fights and more. You can also take a walk down memory lane by refreshing your memory with Dante’s previous recaps. Next week: the season finale! Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 15: Reunited! [here].
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert’s largest luxury resort, will be hosting a two-day Career Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 & 20 from 9 am–5 pm in the hotel’s Sinatra Ballroom. The property recently completed an extensive renovation and, on the heels of this, is thrilled to be growing its team. They are seeking to hire immediately within the Culinary, Engineering, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Recreation, Pool & Spa departments, and more. More info
Food Bank Drive Thru
The LGBTQ Center of the Desert Food Bank is having a Food Drive Through on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 am–2 pm in order to restock their inventory. Even long past the holidays, they are still seeing need on an unprecedented level. Simply drive up with your donations, and friendly staff and volunteers will gladly unload them for you. See our listing for the urgently needed vital supplies that will go to help those who most need it here in our Coachella Valley. More info
Speaker Series: Jazz in Palm Springs
The Mizell Center presents its 3rd Wednesday Speaker Series: Jazz in Palm Springs on Wednesday, April 20 from 6–7:30 pm. This is being done in recognition of International Jazz Day and will bring together jazz legends for an evening of cool conversation and musical performances. Panelists will include Gail Christian, Executive Director of the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, Shelley Yoelin, a multi-instrumental recording artist and instructor, and desert jazz legend Dick Broadie. More info
Business Resiliency for Unplanned Events
SCE’s S.T.A.R Program presents Business Resilience for Unplanned Events on Wednesday, April 20 from 8:45–11:30 am via Zoom. This FREE business education workshop will provide the tools to deal with unplanned events affecting your business profitability. Be able to put in place short-, mid-, and long-term strategies to manage through risk, and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. More info