We are halfway through Pride month – June is the designated time on the calendar. But Prides extend from March in Cathedral City to Palm Springs in November. (Joshua Tree this weekend!)
The thwarting of a planned Pride event attack in Idaho prompted San Diego Pride Executive Director Fernando Zweifach Lopez to write a thoughtful – and thought-provoking email calling out social media platforms for allowing hate groups to incite and spread hate.
San Diego Pride is just a month away. They outlined some of the attacks that they and other Prides have endured over the years. What stuck with me is this quote: “We do not have Pride because we are free. We have Pride because we are not! Our community will not let fear, hate, and intimidation win.” It’s important to remember this and to stay vigilant and united. And to vote!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Summer 2022 Map & Guide is Here
The printed version of Gay Desert Guide is out and about around town, pick one up to keep handy so you’ll have the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts, Dispensaries and other services! You can also browse or download the PDF of the Summer 2022 Map & Guide, right now: [here].
One night only and direct from New York City, it’s Glitter and Be Gay! with Lindsey Alley on Friday, June 17 at 8 pm at The Roost Lounge (note the new venue, this was originally scheduled to be at the Desert Rose Playhouse). This evening of music, storytelling, and laughter features acclaimed entertainer and former Mouseketeer Lindsey Alley (a contemporary of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera and more) with musical direction by Michael Orland. Reserve a table for dinner and a show with service by Trilussa. More info
Get out and celebrate and support our local African American community at the Palm Springs Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 12–6 pm at the James O. Jessie Desert Highlands Center. Juneteenth is a celebration of African Americans’ freedom. While it was declared a national holiday in 2020, many Americans and Coachella Valley residents do not know the significance of the day. It is the only federal recognition of the tragedy of the enslavement of African peoples in this country. This free event includes youth games (e.g. camel rides), live entertainment, DJ, speakers, and food. There will also be a teen pageant for King and Queen of Juneteenth on Friday, June 17 at the Palm Springs Pavilion. More info
Joshua Tree Pride will take place on Saturday, June 18 starting at 10 am and going all day. It’s a hometown community festival with local eateries, stage with live entertainment, DJ, musicians, artists, vendors, games for the kids, beer garden for the adults and more. There will be an afternoon patio pride dance party, open mic, and an evening dance party with DJs SHOVEL and Sensit, plus a special performance by Ryan Heffington at 10 pm at the Tiny Pony. More info
Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch, hosted by Ross Mathews, takes place on Sunday June 19 at Noon at Lowes Hotels & Co in Santa Monica! Ross’ hand-selected queens for this event include Scarlet Envy, Morgan McMichaels, Jackie Beat & Barbie’s Addiction! Ross says “it is our goal that every guest at our brunch feels the positive energy we put into every aspect of our business. Why? Because a great drag brunch can change your entire attitude!” More info
The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Steve Martin & Martin Short: “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” on Saturday, June 18 at 8 pm. Don’t miss an epic night that redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century, bringing their joyous self-deprecating romp & big punch lines. Get tickets
On Friday, June 17 at 7 pm, Oscar’s Palm Springs will be the site of a rousing round of “The Newlywed Game,” hosted by Patty Cakes, benefitting the Brothers of the Desert Emergency Fund. Also performing live: Dion Khan. 3-course dinner will be served at 6 pm. More info
Coachella 2023 Advance Sale
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella, Coachella Music Festival or the Coachella Fest) has announced their 2023 dates: Weekend One: April 14–16, 2023 and Weekend Two: April 21–23, 2023. The 2023 advance sale begins Friday, June 17 at 10 am. There is a four-pass limit per weekend, and Festival Passes are valid for the entire weekend (and only the weekend) you purchased. This annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. More info