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    THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 
 
Hey there,
 
Whether you honor Pride, Juneteenth, the Pulse survivors, or anything else this month, you can do it in community in the Coachella Valley. Check out our regular programming, Community Events, and more below.
 
Thanks for those who participated about their relationship to our beautiful desert communities.
 
In thinking about Pride this month, we’re thinking about the street kids, draq queens, and trans folks that started the Stonewall Uprising and other uprisings that happened across the country in the mid-twentieth century. We’re thinking about pushing back against police harassment and about all the people are denied their humanity because of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, racism, and more, and all the beautiful flags that represent all the different parts of our community.
 
Reflecting on Gilbert Baker’s original Pride flag, let us know:
Which of these original colors and intentions are you vibing with?
Hot pink = Sex
Red = Life
Orange = Healing
Yellow = Sunlight
Green = Nature
Turquoise = Magic/Art
Indigo = Serenity
Violet = Spirit
 
Director's Letter
June 15th is announced as the return to normal date. But is the before COVID date really a normal environment for our species? For tens of thousands of years, we existed in tribes, where wealth was shared, where we looked after each other. Everyone was needed, everyone had a role. The young were given duties as soon as they could perform them, the old became the teachers, and the keepers of stories and oral history.
 
Today we live a society where being wealthy is valued more than being of service. So many in our community feel isolated and feel their lives are without purpose. We live in a constant state of stress, we worry about the news, about finances, about medical bills. We are not plugged into each other or the natural world, just the stream of news and entertainment on the TV and internet.
 
During the time of COVID, I led a women’s hike twice a week. Over the hundreds of miles we covered, we told our stories. We looked after each other, helped each other and we gave each other breathing space. Some were stronger, some knew the flowers and animals, some were photographers. Someone’s keen sense of adventure inspired others to push the boundaries of their comfort zones. We learned to cherish our individualism, and we learned to function as a tribe finding strength in each other, finding purpose and finding a sense of comfort and belonging to one another. Without all the normal distractions that our society offers, hiking allowed us space to grow deep friendships.
 
We may be able to return to the pre-COVID normal on the 15th but I think I want a new balance, a new normal. I don’t just want distractions and entertainment and new things, I want the deeper connections, I need to know that I belong, that I am valued and that who I am contributes to something larger than myself. One of our goals at The Center is to make space for such a community. We are here for you, but we need you as partners. COVID was a pause, let’s think about how we want our community to function before we hit the play button. 
 
Kim Kieler
Director of IT & Business Systems
 
Step Right Up!
 
Join Our
Every Step Counts campaign!
The finishing touch of our construction project is bringing our staircases up to
code and to ADA-compliance. You can help by buying a stair for $2,000
and re-connect The Center to those who most need it.
 
Every Step Counts – call Deb now 760 416 7790 ext.117 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on donor recognition.
 
Thanks being part of our journey and growth… every step of the way.
 
Upcoming @ The Center
 
Eisenhower Lectures
Return TONIGHT!
 
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, is a powerful prevention tool in the form of a pill, taken daily to prevent HIV. Find out more information about PrEP, and if this tool is right for you. Join us for an informative panel discussion with Alex del Rosario, MD, Eisenhower Health, Rob Fontanilla, PA, Borrego Health, and Andy Glorioso, PrEP Program Manager, DAP Health, regarding PrEP and PEP during COVID and post-vaccination, plus care services here in the Coachella Valley and what is available to you. Join us via ZOOM and bring your questions.
 
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021 | 4:00 to 5:00 pm 
Speaker: Panel Discussion
This a FREE event
 
Coming June 23rd!
 
 
Wednesday, June 23rd
4pm to 5pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 497
 
 
Sexually Transmitted Infections at Any Age
 
Join Jon Colbert, NP, Eisenhower Health for a discussion on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and your health. Jon will be discussing what STI screening means and how to get it done by your primary care provider. He will focus on screening for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV, HIV, Hepatitis A/B/C, and HSV. He will also touch on current treatment guidelines for these infections, as well as novel preventive strategies to keep you and the community safe from the spread of these infections.
 
Ongoing Programs
 
 
NEW
Summer Schedule
 
This Social/Fun space hosted by Doug Morris and sponsored by The Perfect Purl (theperfectpurl.com) provides a social and sharing platform for a community of fiber enthusiasts via ZOOM.
 
Please join us and stay for a minute or two hours while we keep one another in stitches. Everyone is welcomed.
 
Full schedule on our program page.
 
 
THIS
Monday!
 
Are you an Adult Adoptee?
Connect with other adult adoptees on Monday, June 14th
@ 3PM.
 
Email facilitator
Soterios Rouman
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for the meeting password.
 
Meeting ID: 249130043
 
 
 
Fun
& Advice
 
LGBTQ+
Youth space
If you’re between the ages of 14-20 and need a safe space to connect with other LGBTQ+ youth, Zoom by for a minute or longer.
 
Hosted by Miguel Navarro
 
Fridays 2PM - 3PM
 
 
Real
Discussion
 
Our virtual space for ALL of our LGBTQ+ community members to come together, talk with one another, and move through the conversation about race.
 
 
 
 
If you have an idea for a program you'd like to see or perhaps facilitate,
 
NEW program NOW enrolling!
 
 
Good Grief!
Wednesdays @1pm
via Zoom
 
Good Grief! is a drop in group for those struggling with actual or anticipated loss, grief, or bereavement.
 
Facilitated by Amy Prescott, Clinical Trainee & Sean Ferri, Registered Psychological Assistant.
 
For more info or to sign up email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
In need of more connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings, like Knit Together, Women's Chat, Men's Chat, and much, much more.
 
Get Resources
  • Distribution: Every Thursday 5:00pm to 7:00 pm (PDT) at 610 S. Belardo Rd. in Palm Springs
  • Outdoor food distribution: Drive thru or walk ins
  • First come – First served
  • Face mask required and social distancing is being observed.
  • No requirements - Bring a picture ID (If available).
 
 
Drop-offs welcome on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 am to Noon and NEW Curbside drop off hours: Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Collecting barrels will be available in front of our food bank facility for easy, safe, self-service drive by - drop and go!
 
L-Fund Financial Assistance!
The mission of The L-Fund is to empower cis and trans lesbians through financial crisis assistance, grants for education and the arts, and health and wellness programs.
 
The L-Fund envisions a future of an inclusive and diverse community in which lesbians are provided a reliable resource for financial assistance, social engagement, and programs that enrich the lives of lesbians.
 
If you're in need of assistance you can contact the L-Fund here.
 
Lend your support!
 
 
Our friends and community partners, Brothers of the Desert have created a guide to Black Owned Business in the Coachella Valley which you can find on their website here.
 
You can also find the list in the resources section on our website here.
 
Please consider lending your support to these local businesses who have faced hardship through the pandemic and from a financial system which often fails them.
 
Help is here for paying your rent!
 
Lift to Rise is once again able to help local residents whose ability to pay rent may be impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about the fund, your eligibility, and how to apply here.
 
Take Action
 
Vaccines available!
Speaking of COVID-19 vaccines, our Health & Wellness partner Eisenhower Health are also a great resource to schedule your vaccine appointment! To schedule an appointment at the main Eisenhower Health campus in Rancho Mirage, click here.
 
The Eisenhower Health Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Location is located at the Eisenhower Health Main Campus at the Annenberg Health Sciences Building, at 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage.
 
If you are experiencing difficulties in making an appointment, please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can connect you with someone that can help you.
 
Business Partners
Support those who give!
 
Please help support the businesses who support The Center, the work we do, and who give back so generously to our community. Click here for a list of Business Partners with The Center.
Let's Go Travel! specializes in group travel, and offers fun day tours from the desert to Southern California locations including beaches, live theatre and music venues, museums, festivals, artistic and culinary events, and even extended trips to New Orleans, New York City, Hawaii, and Santa Fe and the central coast.
 
Learn more about our Platinum business partner here.
 
Be sure to check out the special day trip organized for
The Center's members below!
 
Community Events
 
Juneteenth Benefit for Brothers of The Desert!
 
Palm Springs Pride is Happening In-person!
Here's what you Need to know.
 
 
Palm Springs Pride organizers invite you to enjoy a traditional slate of in-person Pride events for the 35th annual LGBTQ celebration scheduled for November 1 – 7, 2021. The Pride parade and festival featuring multiple stages of live
entertainment and a vendor marketplace will return to downtown Palm Springs.
 
Enjoy Pride in Palm Springs as you Sip, Sashay, and Celebrate. Embrace diversity and advance the cause of individual freedom for all while you honor those who have courageously fought for equality and are no longer with us. Live your truth and no one else's. Gather your friends, and together we will celebrate our fearlessly authentic lives. 
 
"You Are Included" is more than a theme for Pride 2021; it proclaims all are seen
and loved. Our gender identity, race, religion, nationality, health status, and appearance are embraced, celebrated, and welcome at Palm Springs Pride. Visit pspride.org for event details.
 
Exhibitor Applications Open
Festival highlights include a Youth Zone, Children's Garden, LGBTQ artists, 200 back-to-back exhibitors, food and beverage stations, health resources, and HIV testing sites.
 
Take your photo with Arty, the 20' tall leather bear, and enjoy yourself in the Arenas Rd gayborhood, our pedestrian-only social center of LGBTQ-friendly bars, restaurants, and shopping. There's something for everyone. Favorite bars and local businesses will be packed and spilling out onto the streets for the biggest LGBTQ street party in Palm Springs.
 
Secure your space today.  Click here to signup.
 
Parade Applications Are Also Available
 
Sunday, November 7 (10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 
Secure your space today.  Click here to signup.
 
The colorful parade steps off in the Uptown Design District at Tachevah and
Palm Canyon Dr. and travels south through downtown, ending at
the entrance to the Pride Festival at Amado.
 
Known for its crystal blue skies and year-round sunshine, the city of Palm Springs comes alive during the annual Pride celebration. Thousands of spectators will
gather along palm tree-lined streets to cheer and support local organizations,
activists, and themed floats along historic Palm Canyon Dr.
The parade is scheduled to last two and a half hours. 
 
Be with us and show your Pride.
 
Lunch on the High Seas!
 
Thursday, July 29th, 2021.
Departs The Center @ 8AM returning @ 6PM
Limited to 50 people.
Escape the heat for a day and enjoy the cool breezes and spectacular views of
San Diego’s Harbor on a 2-hr yacht cruise with lunch included,
reserved just for The Center and friends.
Tour includes roundtrip deluxe motorcoach transportation
from the desert, champagne en route, lunch and more.
Afterwards stroll the harbor walkways and view the USS Midway
or the lively Seaport Village before heading home.
This and more offered at $159/person.
Click here to reserve your seat today, or call Kathy Day at 760-320-3009
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Resiliency Survey - Still polling!
 
In response to the COVID pandemic, HARP-PS is collaborating with researchers at UCLA & USC to measure resilience in older adults during the past year of the pandemic. We are looking for people who can answer questions about resiliency, and how they’ve been coping during the Covid-19 Pandemic. You may be eligible for this study if you are:
 
· over 50 years old
· Either HIV- or HIV+ 
· Live in the Coachella Valley 
· Comfortable taking the survey in English 
 
You will receive a $20 eGift Card for participating Participation in this survey is voluntary and should take about 30 minutes Please click on this link to take survey.
 
Connect Virtually
PALS seniors and future seniors, Planning Ahead before a health issue requires connections. Come join the conversations.
 
 
 
PALS Café:
Every Wednesday, 4 PM – 5 PM
Join PALS for an informal discussion on various pertinent topics.
June 9, 2021 - What does PALS Café mean to you-what has it brought to your life?
Zoom ID # 832 2405 1340, Passcode: 016864, Zoom Link here
Dial in: 699-900-9128
To find your nearest dial in # click here.
For more dates, sign up for email notifications at their website: palsinthedesert.com
 
Death Café:
Thursday June 3, 2021, 2 PM.
It’s ironic that talking about death we feel better.
Register Here:
 
 
Our friends @ Gay Desert Guide keep a full calendar listing of gay events. You can check out their plans for #PalmSpringsPride and the entire 2021-22 season, or search their online events calendar by name or browse by date when you’re in town!
 
Download their calendar PDF here and visit their Facebook page here.
 
The Center's Legacy Circle
 
It only takes a few of us to write our history -
but it takes all of us to create our future.
 
Thanks to your incredible support for the launch of our Legacy Circle we now have 67 Founding Legacy Circle Members! Your amazing generosity including The Center in your estate plans ensures we will continue our important work in the community for years to come.
 
If you would like to join as a founding member or if you have included The Center in your charitable estate plans, please let us know at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we
will happily add you to our founding Legacy Circle members.
 
They were here, and they were ours
 
Here we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
 
David Mattingly (1951 - 2012)
David was a brilliant civil rights attorney in San Francisco who represented workers, women, and gay men and lesbians who had conflicts with employers. He was also an adventurous traveler. I miss him! - John Tuttle
 
Jeffrey Sanker (1955 - 2021)
Thank you, Jeffrey, for all you gave to us. We love you, miss you and will continue to honor your legacy. - Chris Diamond, White Party Foundation.
 
In lieu of flowers the White Party Foundation have requested people donate
to The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert in Jeffrey's memory.
We thank them and send our condolences to his
family, colleagues, and friends.
 
If you'd like to submit a name for inclusion here, please fill out this form.
 
Submissions received by 5PM Friday will be included in the next week's newsletter, for two consecutive weeks.
 
The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert | 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
1515 Sixth Street, Coachella, CA 92236
 
  • The LGBTQ 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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