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July 1st 2020

Finding meaning and reflecting

Hey there,
Welcome to the second half of 2020. We're holding out hope for more laughter, joy, comfort, and feelings of safety... or holding on tightly to those moments when we do feel them.
Meanwhile, we're also reflecting and thinking about what we've collectively gone through the past 3+ months. Where are you (emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually) today compared to March? Reflect back to your own experience during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Overall, do you feel better or worse than you did during those days?
About the same/Unsure/Other
Thanks for your participation. We'll report back the results next week.
Last week we were inspired by our CEO Mike's final letter before his sabbatical, and asked the question: Do you have something in your life that supports your Being?
We had nearly 87% of folks who said yes, and about 13% who said no. We invite you to check out some of the offerings below to support your Being.
If you find yourself having needs not being met, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if we can help. Or, let us know if you have ideas for poll questions we can include in our newsletter in the coming weeks.
Letter from a Director
For the next five weeks, we'll be sharing a letter from each of The Center's Department Heads.
I’ve often framed this pandemic within the lens of the Stages of Grief. Historically, the Stages of Grief have included five general categories: denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and acceptance. I know I have experienced all of these—sometimes in the same week, sometimes within the span of a single day, and on particularly hard days, it has felt like all of these are on spin cycle in my head in the same hour. There’s no sugar-coating it, this experience has been hard. Really hard.
A sixth stage was more recently added to Stages of Grief, and is that of meaning. Meaning, within the Stages of Grief, refers to finding some peace and hope in this experience. Many times I have asked myself, “Why is this happening now? What are we supposed to learn from this?” And while I continue to struggle with the loss of “normal” life, I’ve made a conscious decision to pay attention to the changes that are happening around me that feel good and hopeful.
In Zoom groups, I have seen people willing to be open and vulnerable with people they’ve never met in person. The Center’s transgender group has tripled in size since the first Zoom meeting. People are reaching out. People are saying what they need. Conversations about long-overdue, needed, and necessary change are happening in a variety of spaces. As much as this grief process will continue to cycle as we navigate through this pandemic and our chaotic world, people are looking for connections, finding them, and understanding that we can’t do this alone.
So much of our mission and work at The Center is about reaching out and making connections. I have always felt privileged to be part of this organization, and I'm so grateful The Center is here--for me too.
Dr. Jill Hingston, LMFT, Health Psychologist
Director of Behavioral Health
Upcoming @ The Center
Eisenhower Health @ Home
A new series of Eisenhower Health @ Home starts next week! Check out the topics for the summer below, and join us most Wednesdays on Zoom.
More Online Programs
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings (Installation instructions here) .
New Offerings Starting Next Week
Zumba for Beginners with Shaun
After a successful Facebook Live Zumba session, Shaun gets into the groove on Zoom for weekly Zumba sessions starting this Monday, July 6th at 10AM.
Meeting ID: 860 8050 5623
No Meeting Password
Conversational Spanish (Intermediate & Advanced)
Need to brush up on your Español? Join this weekly Tuesday conversational Spanish group. Starts July 7, 2020 at 2PM.
Meeting ID: 818 5634 6717
No Meeting Password
Long-Term Survivors Support Group
The next session of the Long-term Survivors Support Group for Gay Men Living HIV and AIDS starts via HIPAA-compliant Zoom calls next Wednesday, July 8th. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.
Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Community Food Bank @ The Center located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM.
Click here for donation needs & guidelines. Please note: Summer Hours for Food Bank is now on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon.
Take Action
COVID-19: Locations to Get Tested
Click here for testing locations in the Coachella Valley. Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance.
In support of the Movement for Black Lives
Facing the backs of a crowd near the top of the picture there is a person holding a sign that reads Black Lives Matter
(many actions listed here were taken and inspired by the Movement Advancement Project , and countless Black people)
Need a hug?
In collaboration with Destination PSP, you can give virtual hugs to your loved ones with these shirts and hats. Proceeds benefit The Center, whose mission is creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way and offers essential services, including the Community Food Bank and Behavioral Health Clinic @ The Center.
Community Events
Write that Memoir with Ronni!
Have you always wanted to write your story, but just didn’t have the time or support? How about having both right now? This may be a good time to finally let your story fly!
AFFORDABLE ($35 for all four sessions), EASY (Ronni walks you through the process), EFFECTIVE (you'll have a good jump-start on your memoir!) Register NOW for July. Four easy sessions, one low price of $35. Really! A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Center.
Positive Life Series
6:00 PM, Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Dr. Dave Grelotti & Brook Henry will speak on cannabis research at UCSD's HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center.
Let the organizers know if you will require an ASL interpreter. Email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sponsored by HIV+Aging Research Project-Palm Springs.
Positive Life Series Logo - HIV Education Program
Coachella Valley COVID-19 Needs Assessment
A stylized illustrated graphic with four squares depicting hand washing in the top left - blowing your nose in the top right - covering a cough with your hand in the bottom left - and a home in the bottom right
To understand some of these changes and the impact of COVID-19, HARC is launching a COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey on June 10th to inform the health needs of the Coachella Valley.
The survey is online, 100% anonymous, takes about 10 minutes, and four lucky winners will get a $100 Visa card. The survey closes on July 4th.
HARC will be providing the results to the community for free so that we can all learn from it and provide more targeted services.
Talking About Race Matters: For Gay Men
6:30PM - 8:00PM , Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The Black Lives Matter protests have led to some difficult personal conversations as we all grapple with a "new normal" in race relations. These conversations might be especially difficult for gay men, who may empathize in being victims of discrimination but who may also just be becoming aware of systemic racism or how to talk about it. The California Men's Gathering, Desert Cities Chapter is sponsoring an online seminar to look at how to make those conversations candid, productive and meaningful. Jeffon Seely and Joe Hooper have spent the last two months engaged in weekly online conversations about race. They will share their insights during this session designed specifically for gay men.
Questions or for further information contact Lorenzo Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
In Case You Missed It!
In a time when many nonprofits and organizations have announced lay-offs, reduction in staff, or early retirements, we are privileged to maintain all our staff, and even add a new person to our team -- thanks to our community's support, our donors and YOU!
With that, we wanted to be sure you've seen the announcement of our lastest addition: Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Charles Huff!
Charles comes to The Center with a non-profit spirit and experience that dates back to his time in San Francisco as a volunteer, staff, and board member, and that habit continued here in Palm Springs with 5+ years at Desert AIDS Project as Volunteer Program Manager.
Before he crossed over full-time to this special type of care for community, he served two City & County of San Francisco Treasurers’ as Banking Operations Manager, after serving as a manager of banking operations for several different banking institutions for over 20 years. He also brings with him fond memories an early employee of the Recreation & Parks Department who began the clean-up efforts to create the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, honoring our community’s history and legacy through that work. 
And Charles fits perfectly into The Center’s fun spirit with his early years of being an aspiring performer, and his delicious singing voice. 
Now, The Center, and in particular, our extended family – our volunteers! – will get to experience his very special spirit as part of our very vibrant community. 
Published in Misc
Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:35

Chris Ann Kallgren

About Chris

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  • With our Internet marketing program, I’m determined to generate broad online exposure for home sellers at America’s leading real estate internet sites and portals, selling homes quickly and for the best possible price.
  • To satisfy online home buyers, my listings have multiple photos and detailed property descriptions – two of the most sought after features by online home shoppers.
  • I provide superior customer service to home buyers with HomeBase In-Touch, our proprietary software, which allows me to respond immediately to inquiries from online buyers interested in any of my listings.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 19:49

Conversational Spanish Group


Conversational Spanish Group (Intermediate & Advance Level only) - Via ZOOM

Facilitator: Marc Becker

Contact Information:

        * Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

        * Phone: 623-293-2673

Frequency: Every Tuesday - 2:00 pm | Starting Jul 7, 2020 Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81856346717

Meeting ID: 818 5634 6717

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Published in Life Enrichment
Thursday, 14 November 2013 20:07

Larry Falconio Real Estate

I not only have a passion for my real estate career but to the GLBT community I belong too.  I feel strongly that people need to participate as change agents in their communities and their lives. 

I serve as a Board of Director for In The Life Media from May 2012 - Present. I served as a Board of Governor for HRC (Human Rights Campaign) from 1992 – 1996 and have continued throughout the years to be supportive of the organization.  I also support the following national organizations; Lambda Legal, In The Life Media, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and locally; Desert Aids Project, LA Gay & Lesbian Center AIDS Assistance Program.

Friday, 12 April 2013 21:23

Resource Links

Indio Senior Center


Desert LGBT Organizations
AIDS Assistance Program (AAP)
Coachella Valley Couples Club
Desert AIDS Project
Desert Business Association
Desert Dyners
Desert Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Desert Gay Tourism Guild
Desert Outreach Foundation
Desert Winds Freedom Band
Get Tested Coachella Valley
Greater Palm Springs Pride
Jewish Federation of Palm Springs & the Desert Area
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Palm Springs Bears
Palm Springs/Desert Communities Chapter of PFLAG
Palm Springs Frontrunners & Walkers
Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
PALS in the Desert
PS Pozabilities
Prime Timers of the Desert
Stonewall Golfers

Other Resources

Advocate Money Minute
American Veterans for Equal Rights
Al-Anon in the Desert
California Smokers Helpline
Equality California
Focus on Cancer
Freedom to Marry
Home Safety for Seniors
Human Rights Campaign
Legal Aid Association of California
Gay Gull National Gay News
Desert Mediation Group
The Jewish Family Services of the Desert
Senior Services & Organizations
California DMV Senior Driver Info
Coachella Valley Affordable Housing
Desert Hot Springs Senior Center
Elder Abuse
Indio Senior Center
Inland Counties Legal Services
Joslyn Senior Center
La Quinta Senior Center
Lavender Seniors of the East Bay
Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - Senior Program
Mizell Senior Center
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Riverside County Office on Aging
SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
Social Security Administration
US Government Senior Resources
White House Conference on Aging
Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability
and Special Needs
Lucy and Gail
Meth Addiction Treatment
National Association of LGBT Community Centers
Spectrum LGBT Center
Voice Modification for People in the Transgender Community
Nursing Home Abuse and LGBT
Published in About
Friday, 12 April 2013 20:41





Hey there,
It's been two months since we closed The Center's physical doors to honor physical distancing requirements and do our part in ending this pandemic. And while our building may still be closed to visitors, we're proud to be able to offer online spaces to connect our inner lights to each other. Since we're not sure when our building will be open again -- and how many people will feel comfortable being in crowds -- we are committed to offering online programming for the New Now.
So, we're curious. Do you have creative ideas for online programming?
If you answer Yes, we're reach out to you separately with instructions on submitting a program proposal.
Speaking of creativity, last week, about 30% of our newsletter poll respondents told us they hadn't really moved their bodies in fun and creative ways. So we made sure to give them links to videos, Zoom offerings and Facebook Live videos to get moving.
And like every week, we're still asking about your food needs.
Do you need food or assistance getting food to you?
Two percent of you let us know you needed food, and while we try to connect you to resources, we understand that food might not be the only thing you need. If financial help is something you're in need of, consider this list of resources our team has compiled.
In the meantime, enjoy our weekly newsletter with upcoming programs and new community offerings.
Thoughts from Mike
From the Desk of Mike Thompson May 20 2020
Walk with Kim - Tuesdays 6am
Entrance to the tramway road off Palm Canyon. Park near the empty building. I am in a white Honda Fit. The road is closed to traffic, so lots of room to spread out. Social distancing required. I take a face mask and put it on whenever someone gets within 8 feet of me. I usually do the 1st two miles. Elevation gain is 800 feet. Join for part or all or leave me in the dust. If you are looking to get fit or keep in shape, it's a beautiful walk. Lots of bunnies and birds. Make sure to bring some water.
Text me Kim 760-534-4099 if you are joining me.
Prep your Plate w/ Eisenhower Health @ Home
Mix & Match Meal Prep
Wednesday, May 20
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Traditional meal prep/planning is good in theory, but the idea of eating the same meal every day can become genuinely dull. What if you could find a way to "mix and match" your food so that you could create a variety of meals you are sure to enjoy? Join Bec McDorman on Zoom to learn how.
Mobility & Stretching
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Nutrition Label Literacy
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Wednesday, May 20
5:00 PM
MIMI GONZALEZ has rocked the mic at 
prides and protests, cruises and festivals
since before being gay was spelled
with three letters.
In 2018, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California, starting the path of another lifelong dream . She values the instinct to express oneself and recognizes writing as an immediate and prescriptive form. 
  She’s addressing the two dreams together in a genre she calls “Punchlines and Poetry.”
Wednesday, May 27
5:00 PM
Poppy Champlin stand-up pedigree is flawless; from her latest Showtime Special to her two Logo specials and appearances on Comic Unleashed with Bryon Allen, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Joan Rivers Show, Rosie O'Donnell's VH-1, Comedy Central, and Entertainment Tonight, Poppy has broken out ahead of the pack. She has opened for Ray Ramano, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Rosie O'Donnell, and Paula Poundstone.
Poppy tackles tough topics with ease. In this comedian's hands, we can laugh at life's most formidable perils...and laughter that ravages fear is the best kind of all!
Join Poppy for comedy and conversation!
Encore Screening: ONE WAY STREET & Comedy by RENEE SANTOS
Thursday, May 28
6:00 PM (Pacific)
8:00 PM (Central)
9:00 PM (Easter n)
ONE WAY STREET, film screening and Q&A.
Comedian Renee Santos, who stars in the film, will be our special guest and provide a little comedy relief before the film screening! 
Film Synopsis:  What happens when your desire drives you in the wrong direction? Revved up by passion and ignoring all the signs, three people set out to fulfill their fantasies. 
Fasten your seat belts, this ride may wind up on a very bumpy ONE WAY STREET!
Written & directed by Andrea Meyerson
Film Running Time:  15 minutes 
Warning:  This film contains some nudity and almost sexual content. Viewer discretion is advised.
Q&A with cast and crew after the screening.
Sunday May 31
11:00 AM (Pacific)
1:00 PM (Central)
2:00 PM (Eastern)
Ever wonder what it would be like living in another country? Before and now, during the pandemic. Special guests are lesbians who live all over the world: Thailand, New Zealand, Spain, Canada and the UK. In this international gathering, you'll learn first hand about their local LGBTQ communities, being out lesbians (or not), and the current situation of Covid-19 in each of their countries.
Connecting with our Community via Zoom
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings (Installation instructions here)
Upcoming Zoom Programs
You can find all the links to our current programs offered on Zoom at our website, including a new offering from Arlen Leight for gay male couples who are quarantining together.
Ask Me Anything: Leather Edition
Curious about our local leather community? Join Charlie Harding, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2020 on Friday night as he takes questions to bring fun and connection to the leather community.
Friday, May 22, 2020
7PM - 8:30PM
Get Your Virtual Hugs
In collaboration with Destination PSP, you can give virtual hugs to your loved ones with these shirts and hats. Proceeds benefit The Center, whose mission is creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way and offers essential services, including the Community Food Bank and Behavioral Health Clinic @ The Center.
Relief for Immigrants
The state of California is providing disaster relief funds to individuals and families left out of the federal CARES Relief. Locally, in Riverside and San Bernadino counties, TODEC Legal Center is the organization through which qualified households can
get assistance for the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants.
Make sure to visit Amazon Smile as you shop online
When you shop AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will be donated to the charitable organization of your choice... and we hope you’ll visit smile.amazon.com and choose “The LGBT Community Center of the Desert” as your charity of choice!
Summer Hours in effect for Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Community Food Bank @ The Center located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM
Please note: the Food Bank will be closed this Friday and Monday in observance of the holiday weekend aligned with The Center administrative offices. Food donation drop-offs will resume Tuesday, May 26th, 10:00 am to Noon
These are the items we need:
Empty egg cartons ( like the ones here )
Canned Meat - tuna, chicken, etc. Pancake Mix
Rice (1 lbs pck)
Dry Beans (1 lbs pck)
Canned Goods
Hot Dogs
COVID-19: Links and Information
In Riverside County, face masks are now no longer required when you are outdoors walking, hiking, bicycling, running, or playing tennis, as long as you are complying with physical distancing and have a face covering readily accessible (like on your neck or in your pocket).
Please visit your local municipality’s website for updated requirements
Need more accurate info about the virus? Our partners at Eisenhower Health have produced a series of videos on what you need to know in this COVID-19 era, including the above about appropriate wear and removal of face coverings and gloves.
If you have specific questions about COVID-19, visit their website, or call the local Eisenhower hotline below.
For more updated official information impacting our community, please visit:
Upcoming Community Events
Effective communication strategies with Alzheimer's Association
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 1PM - 2PM on Zoom
Join Alzheimer's Association to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
Positive Life Series Logo - HIV Education Program
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | ZOOM Meeting
6:00 PM
Therapist Neva Chaupette returns to share her perspectives on how our longterm survivor community is coping with this new reality, and how it's related to the AIDS pandemic we've all lived through. Tell your friends, and we look forward to seeing you there.
An ASL interpreter has not yet been scheduled for this meeting. Please let us know if you will require an interpreter. Email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsored by HIV+Aging Research Project-Palm Springs.
Your Feel Good Story of the Week
Pet food donated from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter
Furry Friend Food
We're incredibly grateful to our friends from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter Ginny Foat & Anthony Ercolani, for facilitating this massive donation of pet food for our client's furry family... because we know hungry families can also include hungry pets!

May 27th 2020

Published in Programs
Friday, 12 April 2013 16:58

Chris Ann Kallgren

Chris Ann Kallgren        

Chris Ann Kallgren joined The Center Board in 2015. A real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Palm Springs, she services Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twenty Nine Palms, and the Palms Springs area. Kallgren believes in advocacy for the LGBT community and animal rescue. She regularly volunteers for multiple organizations to better the lives and understanding of people, youth and animals. Among her accomplishments is co-producing the Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival, with founder Andy Woods. Recently her work has been recognized in the media and she was recognized as one of the ‘Most Influential Women Of The Valley’ gracing the October 2014 cover of Desert Outlook magazine.
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