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Together we are creating vibrant community
We are excited for our new 2019 schedule and some classes and programs are filling up quickly and about to start. Please check this edition of our newsletter to find out more details on what's happening at The Center and in our community.
Coming up @ The Center
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Join Ankit Takyar, MD, to learn the importance of lifestyle changes and their effects in helping to control hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. Learn what you can do to prevent the onset of potential illness – from receiving the appropriate health screenings to following a proper diet and exercise program. Dr. Takyar will offer the latest guidelines and recommendations for staying healthy.
More coming in January...
When: Wednesdays, 5:30 PM to 6:60 PM
Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor. Palm Springs
Cost: FREE
LGBT Health Needs Assessment - Happening Now
The survey contains 76 close-ended questions and one open-ended question. The survey is open to any adult resident that lives in the Coachella Valley year-round or as a seasonal resident. The final sample will be 800-1000 participants.  
  • Anyone 18+ who lives in the Coachella Valley at least 30 days or more is eligible
  • One participant will be randomly selected to win a $100 at the end of February
  • Completely anonymous, online survey
  • Takes 10 minutes or less
  • Will help us to assess the needs for mental health and counseling services specifically for the LGBTQIA community in the desert
  • Results will be publicly available
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Topic: Trust, Monogamy and Intimacy: Separate Entities or Necessary Components .
What role do trust and honesty play in an intimate relationship? Can an open relationship be intimate? Are there degrees of intimacy related to openness?
When: January 12th, 2019 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: The Center - 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor. Palm Springs
Call The Center today @ 760-416-7790 for info and to sign up.
"Beginning Spanish" is now filled!
WOW! Beginning Spanish is now filled! Please check back for the next class, or click here to view our list of programs and services offered @ The Center!
INFO-A-GO-GO - Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
INFO-A-GO-GO is a one stop shop for all things LGBTQ+ in the desert. A sort of Welcome Wagon for our snow-birds, new residents, as well as folks that have been here awhile, so they can see all that our amazing community has to offer. Be a part of this second annual event and get connected to some lovely gems in our LGBTQ+ community, like LGBTQ walking clubs, singing groups, and more more more!! FREE to attend!
When: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2018 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: Hyatt Palm Springs - 285 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA
If you have any questions, please contact Candice Nichols at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-416-7790 Ext 116  
After Info-A-Go-Go, come celebrate community and friendship @ our Social! Spread the word, everyone's invited!
When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: The Hyatt Palm Springs - The Sundeck
285 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs
A shout out to media partner Gay Desert Guide for sponsoring!
American Sign Language - January 2019 classes
When: Starts January 26, 2019
Every Saturday - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: The Center - 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: $50 members - $80 non-members
Call The Center today @ 760-416-7790 for info and to sign up.
When: Starts January 26, 2019
Every Saturday - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Where: The Center - 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA
Cost: $50 members - $80 non-members
Call The Center today @ 760-416-7790 for info and to sign up.
Dr. G's Corner
On December 15th, Dr. Gover was honored to present at the Network for Social Behavioral Research in HIV and Aging meeting sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the HIV+ Aging Research Project. Researchers from a myriad of academic institutions, including UCLA, Tulane and Georgetown Universities, convened at the Eisenhower Health Sciences Campus, Annenberg Center to discuss research priorities for an aging HIV+ population.
Dr. Gover presented local HIV+ prevalence statistics, discussed the psycho-social challenges facing Long Term Survivors, and identified effective psychotherapy treatment to overcome challenges.  She invited researchers in the audience to consider partnering in future research collaborations that would develop her current LTS therapy group treatment protocol into an evidence-based intervention. 
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Business Partner Spotlight
Our beautiful desert climate invites us to create a home that moves seamlessly from the inside to the outside. Palm Springs True Value Hardware and Patio can help you fashion that beautiful outdoor room with a wide-ranging selection of distinctive patio furniture styles.The staff at Palm Springs True Value has been carefully assembled to showcase each individual's past experiences and expertise for their various departments. They have colorful backgrounds as former contractors, electricians, plumbing contractors, engineers, lighting designers, store owners and merchandisers
Ongoing @ The Center
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Upcoming Community Events
Forty years ago Harvey Milk’s iconic journey was tragically ended. The generation of out LGBTQ leaders he inspired went on to transform the world we live in, not only here in the U.S. but also globally. UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Political Science Andrew Reynolds, has documented this history through the epic stories of courageous political candidates and elected officials around the world who shattered stereotypes to transform politics and society.
Please join us for a special event on January 10th at Eight4Nine Restaurant launching Reynolds’ new book, "The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World." Professor Reynolds will speak on the visibility of LGBTQ politicians, and we'll continue with a panel featuring Mayor Robert Moon, Mayor pro tem Geoff Kors, Council member Lisa Middleton, Irish Senator Fintan Warfield and Scottish MP Hannah Bardell. 
After, stay for a celebratory wine and cheese reception with the author and other members of the LGBTQ community. Just Fabulous will also be selling copies of the book at the event.
When: Thursday, January 10th, 2018 - 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge - 849 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cost to attend event: FREE
PALS Seminar: P.O.A. is NOT a "Piece of A*$"
This Saturday, January 12th
Understanding Legal Documents and the Conversations We Must Have
When: Saturday, January 12, 2019- 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: The LGBTQ Center - 1301 N Palm Canyon Drive 3rd floor, Palm Springs
Call 323.533.3550 for more info or use the button below
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Volunteers are needed to count and survey homeless persons in the City of Palm Springs. The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is an effort to learn who is experiencing homelessness. The resulting information is beneficial toward accomplishing local and federal goals to end homelessness. No prior experience with the Homeless Count is needed!  Mandatory volunteer training sessions will be offered by The County on Tuesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Count is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2019
To download the flyer click HERE or for more details please call the County Point-in-Time Coordinator at 951-358-3844.
The 2018/2019 Season of Palm Springs Speaks continues in the New Year with Janet Mock at the Richards Center for the Arts (Palm Springs High School Auditorium).
Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, Redefining Realness(2014) and Surpassing Certainty (2017), the host of the conversation series, Never Before, a writer, director and producer on Ryan Murphy’s FX series  Pose , and a feminist tackling stigma through storytelling.
Tickets available at Palm Springs Speaks or directly on Eventbrite on the button below.
10% OFF
Palm Springs Speaks is offering The Center audience a 10% discount on any level of online ticket purchase by using code [ CENTER ] at checkout!
Dezart Performs Hosts Screening of Award-Winning Film The Lavender Scare at The Camelot Theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
Tuesday, January 22nd
Upon a time in America gay men and lesbians were harassed, humiliated and hounded from their jobs in the name of national security. Sound familiar? On Tuesday, January 22 at 7pm at The Camelot Theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the acclaimed Dezart Performs of Palm Springs hosts a special one-night-only screening of The Lavender Scare, the searing documentary by Emmy Award-Winning Josh Howard that chronicles the anti-gay purges of the 1950s. Narrated by Glenn Close and featuring the voices of David Hyde Pierce, Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto and T. R. Knight, The Lavender Scare is a “compelling, well-made” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “fascinating documentary about a missing piece of our history.” (KRCB San Francisco).
Tickets for the screening are $ 15 and will benefit the LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Cinema Diverse: the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival. Following the screening will be a panel discussion with the following: Michael Green, Founder / Artistic Director, Palm Springs Cultural Center; Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG; Alexis Ortega, Director of Community Engagement, LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert; David Perry (moderator), Founder, Rainbow Honor Walk / 10 Percent TV.
When: One Night Only: Tuesday, January 22 at 7pm
Where: The Camelot Theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
Cost: $15 - [Purchase tickets below]
For more Information about Dezart Performs, click HERE
CVRep: WHITE By James Ijames | January 23-February 17, 2019
Gus is an artist. Vanessa is an actress. Gus wants to be presented in a major exhibition for artists of color, so he hires Vanessa to perform as Balkonaé Townsend, a brash and political artist that will fit the museum’s desire for “new voices.” Everything is great, until Balkonaé takes over and Gus has to deal with the mess he’s made. This plays spins out of control as it explores issues of race, gender, sexuality, and art.
“This funny…work draws on both life and art to examine racial tourism, power, and identity…WHITE bursts with humor…the best of which come at the expense of the institutionalization of art…The ending adds a surreal twist, driving home Ijames’ exploration of black women’s exploitation by feminism, by contemporary culture, and by white women.” – Philadelphia Inquirer.
Join The Center, Alianza Coachella Valley, and the California LGBT Arts Alliance for a free public screening of "Raising Zoey" in Coachella.
Featuring a light reception + panel discussion on family acceptance within the Latinx community with Zoey Luna, her mother, Ofelia Barba and the director of the documentary, Dante Alencastre.
Presented with support from the California Arts Council and California Humanities, a partner of the NEH.
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Where: Bagdouma Community Center, 51 - 251 Douma Street . City of Coachella 92236
Cost: FREE
Set Your Sights on Sailing
This holiday season, treat to some beauty with this round trip sailing getaway to Alaska from LA, next Spring! Exclusively offered by Let’s Go Travel, you won’t have to worry about airport security lines, or the traffic lines to get into the airport! It’s all smooth sailing to The Last Frontier. Plus, $50 will be donated back to The Center for each person booked!
For information and reservations call 760-320-3009 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Save These Dates
Your favorite dance party of the season is less than 90 days away, and we know it's going to be bigger and redder than ever! So, save the date, tell your friends, and start thinking about your best red wear!
A one of a kind party you'll never forget...
Red Dress Dress Red 2019
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Where: Palm Springs Air Museum
Tickets go on sale February 1st, 2019
Monthly Potlucks, Walk Abouts, Ladies Night Out and Jazz. These are just a few of the activities you could become involved with. How? Just follow the link and you can view and/or sign up for the weekly Women @ The Center Newsletter. If you know of anyone that might be interested in this newsletter, encourage them to sign up.
If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. and considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. People of all ages and identities can reach The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800 -273-8255, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
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