This Week in Gay Palm Springs for May 2 -7, 2017


You're Invited to the Inaugural East Coachella Valley Pride

Saturday, May 6, you're invited to the 1st Annual East Coachella Valley Pride Festival, which doubles an LGBTQ+ & Family resource fair. Open to all, there will be booths with great resources, fun activities, delicious food, and talented performers. More info

Powerful Anti-Bullying Event Planned

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Dining Out For Life Record Breaking Envelope Totals!

Dining Out For Life Coachella Valley
Cyris Wyant, Desert AIDS Project's Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator, write, "I wanted to let you know that this year’s envelope total collected from the volunteer ambassadors was one for the record books.  All of your hard work and dedication resulted in $43,000 in envelope donations (and counting!) last Thursday.  This is up 37% from last year’s total of $31,350! 
 
This money will help our clients in so many ways including helping to stock our Food Depot, providing safe sex kits, helping clients with housing, helping cover expenses for our Career Building Program, providing dental care visits, helping clients with substance abuse and mental health counseling as well as medical and home health care. 
 
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy lives in order toDining Out for Life 2017 make this the best Dining Out For Life yet!  Your hard work will have an impact on so many people and I am very humbled and honored to work with the best volunteer team ever!"

And DOFLCV2017 Leader Ceorge Nasci-Sinatra adds, "Dearest Volunteers, 
My Cup Runneth over!  How do I begin to thank all of your for the making Dining Out For Life 2017, the smoothest running, most organized and as you see from the totals above the most financially successful.  As ALWAYS! It was a pleasure to work with each of you on this event and I was thrilled that I was able to get around to see most you during your shifts or at the closing reception…. Please check your e mails soon for another announcement to ALL DOFLCV VOLUNTEERS………THANK YOU!"

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Anil Patel says, ,#ILoveGayPalmSprings Because...


Anil Patel (above left, also known in some circles as Chanelta, above right) is the Production Manager at White Party Entertainment and has had the honor of working for Jeffrey Sanker for the past 11 years, along with multiple stars like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Ke$ha, RuPaul, LeAnn Rimes, Deborah Cox and Erika Jayne, just a sampling of past White Party headliners. Learn why Anil proclaims, #ILoveGayPalmSprings...

White Party Man Crush!


For the final #MCM #MancrushMonday leading up to White Party Palm Springs 2017, how could we NOT feature Eliad Cohen of Papa Party Fame? One of the events during #WPPS2017 is Papa Dark - Leather, Sweat & Sex. Read all about it!.

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week!


Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week takes place from Friday, June 2 - Sunday, June 11, 2017.  Explain organizers, "Experience some of the most exciting eateries throughout the Coachella Valley during Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. It’s the perfect time to dine out with friends and discover a new restaurant, or visit an old favorite. Restaurant Week offers something for everyone."  More info

A "Dry" Tea Dance at Oscars


If you don't know by know, Oscars Cafe & Bar is temporarily without a liquor license!  For further details, follow their Facebook page.

Young Hunk Headed to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Dustin LynchDustin Lynch has been on a steady path toward superstardom. With three consecutive No. 1s and two Top 5 albums, he’s already been to the top of the charts with traditional country (“Cowboys and Angels”), party-rockers (“Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” “Hell of a Night”) and simmering romance (“Mind Reader”). Dustin Lynch’s path will lead him to the The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa for a 9 p.m. performance on May 12, 2017, with special guest Tyler Rich.

Don’t miss your chance to see Dustin Lynch with special guest Tyler Rich in performance at Southern California’s premier concert theater. All paths lead to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on May 12, 2017, at 9 p.m. Tickets range in price from $40 to $60, depending on seat location. Get Tix!


And the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award Goes To...

The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee announced that CommunitRuth Debray Organizer and Civil Rights Advocate Ruth Debra will be the recipient of the 2017 Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award at the 6th Annual Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Ruth, who defines herself as a radical old lesbian feminist, moved to Palm Springs in 2003 with her spouse Sherry Fulton. On moving to Palm Springs, she became involved with Pride, and subsequently The Pride and then Golden Rainbow Centers, serving several years on their boards.  Active in Democratic politics, she has served Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfastas the first female Chair of Desert Stonewall Democrats.  She is on the National Steering Committee for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) and facilitates a Coachella Valley group of Old Lesbians.  She also volunteers with Equality CA, and has been active in the marriage equality movement, marrying Sherry on October 11, 2008 (National Coming Out Day) during the brief window of legality in California. 


The Fabulous "Evening Under the Stars"

May 6, 2017 will mark our 24th annual event, which includes an extendedEvening Under the Stars cocktail hour, delicious dinner, awards, fireworks and much more. For best seating purchase tickets early!

For 2017 we are thrilled to present Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.  The ultimate Motown Diva, Martha’s hits include Heat Wave, Dancing In The Street, Jimmy Mack, and Nowhere To Run.

Evening Under the Stars 2017Reeves is the recipient of the Dinah Washington Award, a Rhythm n’ Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, a Black Woman in Publishing Legends Award, and has been inducted in the Alabama, Soul, Rock and Roll, and Vocal Group halls of fame. “Dancing in the Street” has been entered into the Library of Congress Registry of Historical Recordings and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Immortal Artists” and Martha herself was named one of the “30 Top Lead Singers of all Time.” 

One of the desert’s most enjoyable and beloved fundraising events, Evening Under the Stars will continue its traditional ‘Dance Party’ theme with dancing immediately after the show with DJ Jerry Bonham on the main stage. Join the party!

Get Ready to Party


Coming soon: Palm Springs will be awash in men from May 5 to May 8 for the annual White Party, gay men’s retreat. Typically, about 30,000 revelers from the world over to participate in the event that includes wall-to-wall pool parties at the Renaissance Palm Springs hotel such as: the kick off Splash 1 from noon to 6 PM May 5; Splash 2, aptly subtitled Addicted to Boys, from 10 AM to 7 PM May 6; and Splash 3: One Day in Heaven from 10 AM to 4 PM May 7.

There will be parties such as a Military Ball, drinks, dancing, play and ofShowboys at the White Party Palm Springs course swimming. Performers include Belinda Carlisle at the White Party T-Dance, DJ Phil B, the Papa Party for those who like leather, featuring DJs Tomo Woodland, Isaac Escalante and all the sensations you can imagine, VIP daybeds and cabanas and Go-Go dancers galore!
The Renaissance Palm Springs is located at 888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. To find it, just follow the sound of music and fireworks. Get the Deets

Safe, Sustainable & Luxurious: Tesloop!

The Coachella Valley can now take part in the Tesloop experience. Share a ride in a fully electric Tesla Model S 85D and Model X 90D vehicles to points in and around Los Angeles. Tesloop’s motto: “We believe traveling in a safe and sustainable way should be an experience that’s truly amazing. From departure to arrival, we have designed a process free of hassles, and full of awesome. We think you’ll love it.” Try the Tesloop experience with special offers for GayDesertGuide Insiders HERE.

There's Power in Our Pride! Take the Survey!

CMI SurveyWe invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences from an LGBT perspective.

There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community.  Everyone who completes the survey by May 15th, 2017 may opt to be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.  Express the Power of Your Pride.  Take the Survey!


Top Five Bookmarks of the Week

JEFFREY SANKER: Prince of Palm SpringsWhite Party Palm Springs 2016 Photo by Nicholas Snow

If Not Stagecoach, How About Jazz Or Extreme Midget Wrestling?

Stagecoach 2017 Set Times: Find Out When

Your Favorite Act Is Performing


Two Palm Springs Area Restaurateurs Team Up For New El Paseo Restaurant

 


Happy Hour Finder

​It’s unanimous. Toucans Tiki Lounge is...

Like its name, Chill Bar Palm Springs and Scorpion Room at 217 E. Arenas Road specializes in the tall, the cool and the refreshing. Try its selections during Happy Hour all day Mondays and from opening to 7 PM Tuesdays through Sundays where a Bloody Mary is $3, well drinks and house wines are $4, Bud and Miller Light is $2 and Chill Beer is $1.75.
 
Lean over the upper-level balcony at Moxie Palm Springs, 262 S. Palm Canyon Drive, and take in the desert vistas or just people watch from a spot up above it all. During Happy Hour from 4 PM to 7 PM Thursday thorugh Sunda and all day Monday through Wednesday, you can do all this with a nosh and a cool, refreshing drink.  There’s $2-off Shareables & Salads, wine by the glass and Specialty Cocktails. And $1-off draft beer, house wines and well cocktails.

C'mon, C'mon, Get Happy!....  Here!


HOT DEALS

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So Many Reasons to Proclaim: #ILoveGayPalmSprings

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