Legacy Award Honoree: Brian Rix
What do you get when you combine politics, film and entertainment, and law? The man known as Brian Rix, outgoing Chairman of the Board for The LGBT Community Center of the Desert and the 2019 recipient of The Center’s Legacy Award.
One glimpse at Brian’s resume, and you’ll see his unique skillset brought to life:
As founding partner of the commercial talent agency, Joseph, Heldfond & Rix, Inc.;
On the political stage fighting against the No on 6 Briggs Initiative which sought to ban gays and lesbians from working in the California Public Schools System;
Serving on the of Board of MECLA the first LGBT political PAC providing support for candidates sympathetic to gay rights, and one of the organizers of the first openly gay fundraiser for presidential candidate Bill Clinton.
With all these skills, Brian brought his gifts to the Coachella Valley after his company, Burke Rix Communications opened an office in Palm Springs. And as the LGBTQ movement gained rights and acceptance Brian turned his attention to support his local community. Under his leadership, we moved to our new home in the McDonald/Wright building, expanded our services both both geographically and demographically, expanded our mental health services and have truly become a vital resource to LGBTQ people living in our desert communitities.
Of course, Brian is quite proud of his time at The Center, as we are of him, though we can’t compete with his pride of adopting his son, Josh along with former partner Bob Burke making them early pioneers in LGBTQ parenting.
Brian and his partner Jack aren’t going anywhere; they are staunchly politically and socially motivated to play strong roles in local civic affairs while enjoy living their best life in the desert, with their family, and especially in their role as grandparents to two wonderful grandsons.