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Hey there,
Letter from a Director
Life Is A Balance Between Holding On And Letting Go – Rumi
My heart has found its peace over the last months in the 8-fifteam zoom meetings with the Center staff, in the women who join me every Thursday on zoom for chat, and in the company of hikers that join me on Tuesdays and weekends. I exist in new ways in those relationships; they are deeper and more authentic as we find our strength in one another. I take more time to listen to the birds call forth the dawn and watch the northern visitors feast on the new seeds and blossoms on their way south. I am more consciousness of all the life that teems around me and I am so grateful for this messy, messy life I have lived. And I am grateful for the hard days, the hard weeks, and the hard years, they too have given me great gifts. I hope in new beginnings, we balance the I with the we. That we understand that when we share our gifts, our love and courage with one another and the planet, that we are all stronger, all healthier and all happier.
You may not know me, you may not know anyone at The Center, you may be a member or not, you may have been in one of our programs or not, just know we are thinking about you, hoping you are doing okay and if there is something we can help you with, we are here for you.
Kim Kieler
Director of IT
& Business Systems
Video Storytelling Project
Over the past six-weeks, we’ve shared weekly videos to let our community know all the ways we’re here for you. From the Food Bank, to Behavioral Health, to showing up for more geographic places in our desert communities, and how this pandemic has affected us all, we’re building and sustaining a vibrant community that you are very much a part of. Take a look on our website for them all, and share with the folks in your life who might be moved or inspired to join us, online, out in the world, and most importantly, in our community.
Last week we shared some facts about our Eastern Coachella Valley communities to see what you knew. Here's what the results were:
Knowing facts about a place, whether our own, or neighboring communities, is one thing. It's another to experience a community's culture, people, and see it's resourcefulness in action. If you find yourself wanting to know about the beauty and strength of our region, from east to west and north to south, we invite you to start with Estamos Aquí, a community documentary that focuses on uplifting the stories of the Eastern Coachella Valley. Watch this 30-minute documentary on Facebook here.
COVID-19 Impact Survey
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, here @ The Center we've teamed up with some of our organizational partners to better understand how this pandemic has impacted the lives of our friends and neighbors — that means you! — on an ongoing basis. Let us know your experience in a short survey at the link below. The survey is anonymous and will take about 10 minutes. 
PS: The email address collected from you will only be used to send you follow-up surveys to check in on how your perceptions are changing as the pandemic unfolds. You may choose to opt out of these future monthly surveys at any time by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in those emails.
Upcoming @ The Center
Eisenhower Health @ Home Series
Please join Jon Colbert, NP for a discussion to help demystify the HPV virus and how to use preventative care to help prevent cancer.
Find out what you can do to help decrease your chances of getting HPV and the different types of cancer linked to it. You will get answers to common questions about HPV, HPV infection, and how HPV testing is used.
Register here
Wednesday, November 18th
5:30 to 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
Coming in December
Please join Dr. Eduardo Javier, addiction specialist, to learn more about addiction/substance use disorder, and how Eisenhower’s new addiction medicine fellowship program can help you and your loved ones.
Register here
Wednesday, December 9th
5:30 to 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
Get your Holiday Gear Here
Gather around your screens for The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Virtual Holiday Wreath Auction LIVE STREAMING from Casa Colibri on Monday, November 30th, 2020 @ 5:30pm! You can check out the stunning hand-made wreaths that have been donated on our website this Friday here. If you register you can pre-bid on your favorite items from November 20th and maybe win something to brighten up your holiday season.
  • Online Pre-Bidding starts November 20th Register now!
  • Live Wreath Auction Monday, November 30th.
Pre-show starts @ 5:15pm
Live Auction starts @ 5:30pm
For more event information or to check out the FAQs please visit here.
Paws n Claus Returns - as a Drive-Thru!
Wednesday, Dec 2, 10am - 1pm @ 610 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs
Pets deserve extra love @ Xmas, and you can help bring it by donating wet or dry cat & dog food to The Food Bank @ The Center.
Dress you and your pets in holiday fare and come get a drive-thru, COVID-safe, holiday snap in your car while our Santa elves unpack your generous donations.
Featured Programs
Our virtual space for ALL of our LGBTQ community members to come together, talk with one another, and move through the conversation about race. The space will be facilitated by Lex Ortega, Director of Innovation & Community Engagement here @ The Center. This month’s topic: Unpacking White Supremacy Culture
Hiking Adventures
Discover some of the best hikes in and near the Coachella Valley and surrounding mountains. Popular and less traveled trails will be featured.
This PowerPoint presentation from Scott Connelly will highlight some of the remarkable and most interesting trails.
Wednesdays @ 7PM
Meeting ID: 842 4221 9520
Make Connections This Saturday
These are challenging times to meet and date. The desire for connection is confounded by the need to stay safe. This discussion group is for gay men to get together in a safe space to talk about our challenges, possible solutions and coping strategies. This is NOT a dating, meet-up group, or a therapy group.
Hosted by Dr. Arlen Leight. Next session: Saturday, November 21.
Zoom link will be emailed to you
when you register.
online Zoom meetings
Trans Tuesdays has transitioned to confidential, HIPAA-compliant online Zoom meetings, every Tuesday from 6:30 – 7:30PM. If you’re interested in joining, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to
register and receive the Zoom link.
All Zoom meetings during this time will be conducted as a whole group. Significant others and family are welcome.
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Connecting People
This new program provides companionship and emotional support for LGBTQ people in need of connection in these uncertain times in which we live. Our service area includes the entire Coachella Valley.
B2B volunteers are trained to provide support through telephone visits with their Buddies. B2B volunteers and Buddies are matched using criteria such as interests, location etc.
If you are interested in being a Buddy or receiving calls email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 760-416-7790 ext. 158.
More Online Programs
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings, like Knit Together, Women's Chat, Men's Chat, and more.
Get Resources
The Community Food Bank @ The Center
Located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, The Community Food Bank @ The Center is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM.
Holiday items we need:
  • Canned: Cranberries; Pumpkin; Sweet Potato Jam; Gravy; Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup.
  • Crispy fried onions
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Small size Hams
  • Small turkeys; whole chickens
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!
Also please consider purchasing online at websites like AmazonSmile® or from other online food suppliers of your preference, and deliver direct to The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA 92262.
In observance of Holidays, The Community Food Bank @ The Center is scheduled to be closed for the rest of the year on the following dates:
Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve Day
Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve Day
No food distribution or drop off donations will occur on these dates. 
Take Action
Get tested for COVID to help our County!
You can help decrease transmission rates by following public health guidance, physical distancing, wearing a mask, and confirming your status by getting tested for COVID at these locations.
Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance.
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.
Prime Timers of the Desert
are a social club for mature gay males, providing opportunities for its members to meet, socialize and make new friends. It is strictly social.
Click here to learn more and feel free to join them at their scheduled events.
Community Events
World AIDS Day!
World AIDS Day
Tuesday, December 1st 2020
World AIDS Day is honored annually every year on December 1. Recognized since its inception in 1988, World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of AIDS.
We invite you to join our Social Caring in the Face of Quarantine discussion group on Monday, November 30th, where we will honor and reflect on those we have lost to HIV and AIDS.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Every year on November 20 since 1999 our community honors the memory of transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, with the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Join us in remembering our trans family at these events:
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 with Transgender Health & Wellness Center
5PM - 7PM, Friday, November 11
ECV Transgender Day of Remembrance
Día de Recuerdo Transgénero 2020
Moment of Silence & Short Film “Salir” screening + discussion
Momento de Silencio y Proyección de Cortrometraje “Salir” + Discusión
This Friday 11/20/2020 Este Viernes
Starts 4:00pm/ Empieza 4:00pm
Join us! here Únete!
Join the virtual conversation today!
Join PALS seniors and future seniors, for planning ahead prior to a health issue. Conversations create personal network; personal networks create a community that cares.
PALS Café:
Every Wednesday, 4 PM – 5 PM
November 18 - Rancho Mirage Library resources presentation
November 25 - Holiday Traditions Re-imagined
Password: PALS Cafe Zoom Link here
Care About Care?
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
All About Care Options, Costs, and Management.
Please register here
Feel Good Story of the Week
Moving through this time with love
As we settle into the holiday season – one that is looking decidedly different for many of us – our minds go to family. For some of us, kinship isn’t rooted in our families of origin (whether born into them or adopted or otherwise) because of stigma and prejudice about who we are. As we continue our work though, we recognize that while that is still the case, things are also changing.
A couple of months ago, our Director of Community Engagement was invited to be a part of an LGBTQ+ Family Forum with Palm Springs Unified School District, to talk through LGBTQ+ student rights in schools. On a Thursday evening, after long days in school and at work, Lex met with nearly 10 different families, from varying locations (like Orange County!), cultural and racial backgrounds, and even with different language needs. Some were people from families with LGBTQ children, including trans kids, and some were just there because they wanted to learn how to be a better ally out in the world. The common denominator – they all were leading and moving through their lives, with love.
Whether we get to chat with parents, or directly with LGBTQ youth, like in our weekly youth Zoom group, working with young people, all people, and families of all kinds, reminds us that this extended family – this community – is who we want to celebrate during this special time.
They were here, and they were ours
Here we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
Toby Wiggin (1950-2019)
Toby was a friend and an excellent artist. A very generous spirit, he made paintings and handicrafts that he gave to friends. He was a good hiker and a good sport. I miss him! J.A.Tuttle
Duane Rayford (1958-2016)
Duane moved to Palm Springs from San Francisco. He was an excellent cook, and host. He loved to entertain. His annual birthday dinners were treasured. He was a dear friend, who is greatly missed.
Bill Brengetto (1955-1997)
Just want to honor my daddy Bill lost many years ago on the 16th of November. He is missed every day. I thank him for giving me a sense of self-worth and self-esteem and being my mentor and lover. - tlc
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