• OUR MISSION

    Creating Vibrant Community
    by Enhancing the Lives of LGBT people


     

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    THE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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National Gay Pilots Association

Over twenty-five years ago, our first event was held in Provincetown, Mass., and it included a handful of gay pilots who communicated by telephone and were discreetly identified by sporting an airplane on their shirts. At the time, members risked losing their job or being dishonorably discharged from the military if they were outed as gay. From that group, a national organization has evolved. 
 
Today, we reach over 4,000 members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community worldwide. Our members include recreational and commercial pilots, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, mechanics, airport managers, and other aviation professionals and enthusiasts from the United States and abroad. Annually, we organize for members two major social events, the second-largest pilots recruiting and hiring exposition in the U.S., as well as bring visiblity and support to various Pride events across the country.The National Gay Pilots Association is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pilots, aviation professionals, and enthusiasts from around the world.

The NGPA mission statement is to build, support, and unite the LGBT aviation community worldwide.
 
Through education, social events, and outreach programs we promote our primary organizational goals.

      • ENCOURAGE members of the LGBT community to begin piloting careers.
      • FOSTER equal treatment of LGBT aviators through advocacy and outreach.
      • PROMOTE aviation safety.
      • PROVIDE an affirming social and professional network for LGBT aviators.
We host three major events each year that are attended by airlines scouting new talent:

     NGPA INDUSTRY EXPO 
     Palm Springs, Calif. (JAN)

     WINTER WARM-UP 
     Palm Springs, Calif. (JAN)

     CAPE COD CLASSIC 
     Provincetown, Mass. (SEP)

Additionally, members can network, develop career skills, and have fun by participating in regularly-scheduled events through local NGPA chapters across the country.


 

Additional Info

  • The LGBT Community Center of The Desert

    The McDonald/Wright Building

    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
    EIN # 33-0937301

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