Navigating “Vax-giving” this year is going to be a challenge for some families. The New York Times wrote about it last week as they note that we are in the “recovery” phase of the pandemic. Now, many are taking baby steps while others dive into the deep end of family gatherings.

Brad Fuhr

From the Times, “Think about winter driving. We know that thousands of people are injured or killed each year on icy roads, but we don’t stay home all winter. We check the forecast and whether the roads have been plowed. We make sure our cars and tires are in good condition, and then we buckle our seatbelts and hit the road to shop for groceries, go to school or see family for the holidays.

Assessing risk for Covid will be similar and, eventually, just as natural.”

We’re # 1! Thanks to you, dear readers of the Coachella Valley Independent. The accolades are piling up for the new KGAY 106.5 and our stellar personalities. Congrats to John Taylor, DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas!

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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Best of the Coachella Valley Print

Every year, the Coachella Valley Independent invites the community to help them highlight the Best of Coachella Valley, in a variety of categories featuring outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations. The nominees and winners are based on the votes of its readers, along with viewers of KESQ News Channel 3. We were thrilled just to be nominated but now the winners have been announced and we are overjoyed to share that KGAY 106.5 is named BEST RADIO STATION!!! Not only that, but KGAY morning host John Taylor was a runner-up for Best Local Radio Personality, and KGAY deejays DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas came in first and third respectively for Best Local DJ!

KGAY Personalities CVI Best 2021

Center Social at Chill Bar

Chill Bar Center Social

Gay Desert Guide is a proud media partner of The LGBTQ Center of the Desert, and this month co-hosts The Center’s November Social on Wednesday, November 24, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Chill Bar. Continue the community vibe beyond Pride and look forward to friendship and connection, a delicious happy hour, and a great indoor and outdoor space! More info

2021 Wreath Auction

Wreath Auction

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert’s famous annual Wreath Auction takes place at Eight4Nine on Monday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. Join in-person on the patio or bid for your favorites online from the comfort of your home. Proceeds benefit The Center and Palm Springs Animal Shelter. More info

The Center Coachella – Community Open House

The Center Coachella

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert – Coachella presents a Ribbon-Cutting and Community Open House for their new location in the City of Coachella on Monday, November 22. The Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. with remarks from elected officials, community partners, and members. Then, that evening, a Community Open House featuring tours, mural unveiling, food, refreshments y más, begins at 5:30 p.m. More info

Thanksgiving Travel Tips from PSP

Outside Gates PSP Airport

Flights from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) are expected to be full and wait times at the security checkpoint are forecasted to reach up to 20 minutes during peak times, so travelers are advised to arrive at the airport least 90 minutes prior to their departure time. The parking lot is also expected to reach capacity, so there will be an overflow “Holiday Lot” with shuttle service to the terminal. More info

Gregory Douglass Live at One Eleven Bar

Gregory Douglass One Eleven Bar

One Eleven Bar presents Gregory Douglass LIVE on Tuesday, November 23 from 7:00–8:30 p.m. Gregory’s original songs are emotional, heartfelt, and soulful. His evocative pop sound blends “Rufus Wainwright’s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake’s accessible soulfulness” (OUT Magazine). NPR’s Morning Edition coined him “one of New England’s best-kept secrets.” His song “Alibis” was featured on season one of Netflix original series The Rain. Get tickets


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