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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

  • 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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