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Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:13

Heslin Cinematic

I started my video production business here in Palm Springs, CA because I have found there are so many stories to tell. I have been telling visual stories from a very young age.

When I was around 12, my best friend Mike and I “borrowed” my mom’s video camera. I can remember creating a skit where Mike would stand in the living room and pretend to learn how to juggle. We were careful to make sure that the bean bags he was juggling would go out of the top of the frame. We would make him freeze in a certain position and I would cut the camera. I’d run into frame and grab the bean bag out of the shot while he was still frozen, and then we would then start the camera back up again and he would pretend to be bewildered at where the bean bag could have gone. We’d repeat this until at one point when I started the camera I tossed all the bean bags into frame as if they all came out of nowhere. When I showed it to my family, they loved it and wanted me to make more. I haven’t stopped.

It was silly kids playing with new technology, but as I went to college much later to study film I realized we weren’t so silly after all. We were playing with story structure, framing, comedic timing, etc.

Today I would still consider myself at heart a silly kid playing with new technology. I’m still constantly fascinated with new and innovative ways of telling stories. I love playing with new gear as it becomes available. And I still love the joy that comes from an audience watching something I create.


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Monday, 19 August 2019 18:19


CHANNEL Q is Giving Everyone A Voice

CHANNEL Q is an innovative media destination built for and by the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. We strive to offer exceptional programming that will entertain, inform and inspire our listeners by giving everyone a voice. 

Your new radio home for LGBTQ news, talk and new music. Listen anywhere, anytime on the Radio.com app!




Published in Media Partners
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:59

The Legal Document Company

Professor Troy believes strongly that no one, regardless of their wealth, wants to throw away their hard-earned money for legal services & documents. That is why he opened up "The Legal Document Company."

Practice Areas:  Revocable Trusts, Pet Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Lawsuits & Complaints, Lawsuit Answers, Demurrers, Motions and Discovery Responses/Requests, Wills, Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, Legal Briefs, Litigation Services (business & personal), Name Changes, Expungements, Mediations, Auto Accident Settlements, Guardianships, Incorporations, LLCs, Appeals, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Divorces and much, much more.

                           ****Attorney on staff for Immigration and Social Security Disability matters****

Law Professor Troy A. Tureau, L.LM., J.D., B.A.


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Friday, 19 July 2019 19:27


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Center Stage is turning 10, and to celebrate, we’re turning back the clock to throw a big 80s party! Presented by Eisenhower Medical Center, join us at Center Stage for a freakin’ righteous time. 

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Location: The Riviera Resort & Spa

Cocktails & Silent Auction: 5:30PM

Sit-down Dinner: 6:45PM

Big 80s Party: 8:15PM

Attire: No suits or dressy outfits required for this event. Sport your favorite desert casual or bring a totally rad 80s vibe: preppy, punk, neon. Whatever you choose, no doubt you will look marvelous!

Tickets: $195 per person

Table of 10 guest: $1950

Sponsorships beginning at $2500

We’ll be honoring our outgoing board chair, Brian Rix, for his rad 10 years of service on The Center’s Board of Directors. And, to mark the special decade occasion, we’ll be bringing you bodacious vibes with our big 80s party to close out the night. You’re gonna have to motor to get your tickets for this night of fun to the max!



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Thank You to Our 2019 Event Sponsors

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 21:44

Joseph Burgo Ph.D

Joseph Burgo Ph.D        

With a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. and Ph.D in Psychology, and as a Graduate Psychoanalyst of the Psychoanalytic Center of California , Joseph Burgo, Ph.D has practiced psychotherapy for more than 35 years. He is also a noted writer having published several works on narcissism, shame, and other mental health issues. As a media commentator, Dr. Burgo has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic among others. When living in Los Angeles, Dr. Burgo taught graduate students in psychology, and sat as director of the board of his psychoanalytic training institute. He lives in Palm Springs with husband, Michael Eha.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:23

Qchella Media / K-GAY 106.5

Welcome to K-GAY 106.5, The Pride of The Desert.  We're THE local radio station serving our Q-munity with entertainment and information and a whole lot of love.  KGAY is a different kind of radio station because we're a service of the not-for-profit organization:  Qchella Media Corporation.  We believe that LGBTQ lives are strengthened and affirmed when our stories are told, broadcast and heard, by US, not by stereotypes.  We provide a platform for the Q-munity to access our airwaves and on-demand programming as we build a station to meet the unique needs of the unique needs of the Coachella Valley.  Every dollar raised through advertising and support stays right here to keep us on the air to meet the needs of our diverse community.  Working closely with other media partners and organizations like The Center, we’re the voice of LGBTQ, loud and proud.


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Published in Media Partners
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:03

BHGRE | Leaskou Partners

Leaskou Partners Inc, is the Parent Company for Better Homes and Gardens | Leaskou Partners and Joshua Tree Escrow Inc.

As a Franchisee of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in conjunction with Meredith Publishing and Realogy, we offer a National and Global reach that is unsurpassed, while still maintaining a boutique quality. Leaskou Partners exclusively services Palm Springs, the Entire Coachella Valley as well as Joshua Tree and the Morongo Basin.

Our Realtors have participated in the successful closings of over 1 Billion dollars in Real Estate. Our experience provides the best representation in estates, homes, condominiums and golf course properties, spanning the second home, vacation rental and investment property markets, including 1031 exchanges, land, commercial and long term leasing.

Utilizing Meredith Publishing along with our firms Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations departments, allows our Realtors to provide unique and creative marketing campaigns of the highest quality, while remaining innovative across all media platforms.



Wednesday, 25 July 2018 16:48

Edward Antonino Attorney at Law

Discriminated at work? Not accommodated or allowed time off for your disability? Retaliated against or terminated for complaining? Not paid for all hours worked or not provided all rest or lunch breaks legally owed to you? Were you mis-classified as an independent contractor?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, you could be owed a very significant amount of money, and you should immediately speak with Employment and Labor Law Attorney Edward Antonino at the Law Office of Edward Antonino at (818) 995-9477 to discuss your legal rights. Mr. Antonino exclusively handles and focuses on employment and labor law cases and the consultation is 100% FREE and YOU DON'T PAY A PENNY IF WE DON'T WIN YOUR CASE. Please call ASAP before it's too late to make a claim.


Edward Antonino

Monday, 04 June 2018 23:18



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The LGBT Community Center of the Desert was delighted to bring you the 9th annual Center Stage Gala, presented by Eisenhower Health

Click here: David A. Lee Photos

SocialLight Photos:

The Center backdrop: Center Stage 2018 @ The Riviera Palm Springs (The Center backdrop)

Red Dress Dress Red backdrop: Center Stage 2018 @ The Riviera Palm Springs (Red Dress Dress Red backdrop)


To our sponsors and supporters:  Thank you note from our CEO - Mike Thompson


Saturday, November 10, 2018


Thank you!
This morning, my heart is still smiling. Despite the tears I felt come on when honoring our dear friend Dick Haskamp last night, I can't help but feel overwhelmed by the loving embrace of this community. I think I woke up with a glow of gratitude and appreciation for your presence, attention, and generosity.
To be able to, in one night, pay tribute to a pioneer of the gay community in Palm Springs, while celebrating and uplifting the work of the new generation of LGBTQ young pioneers was stirring, and a perfect embodiment of our mission to help LGBTQ people along their way.
Saying thank you is not enough. Your existence, your connection to our community, and your partnership have brought us where we are today. Giving you all our gratitude for being an ambassador to The Center. We can't wait to see what's in store for our community for the months and years to come.
Mike Thompson




Thank You to Our 2018 Event Sponsors

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Published in Special Events
Friday, 01 December 2017 20:02






Red Dress Dress Red 2020 will officially be one for the record books. When we sold out in just minutes this year, we were astounded. Now, we are equally astonished to announce that this year's event,  while originally postponed to May 16, 2020 amidst the COVID-19 precautions, is now officially cancelled. 

And while we are disappointed, this decision was not difficult. Our community's health and well-being are our primary concern. 

If you purchased a ticket directly from our ticket vendor ShowClix, you should have received an email for instructions on refunds or converting your purchase to an outright donation. If you have purchased a ticket from another person, we encourage you to reach out to that person directly for a refund. 

Next year's Red Dress Dress Red Party is scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2021. Until then, we've been thinking of ways we could sprinkle some of that magical Red Dress Dress Red energy and joy into the virtual atmosphere. so we're hosting a LIVE Virtual Dance Party on Saturday, May 16th at 8:00p with music by DJ Galaxy! Stay tuned for details!





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12. Frank J. Pieri & Gary J. Mihalik logo
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