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Home for the Holidays


Together we are creating vibrant community




From Mike (our CEO) to our Community...

Paws & Claus Pictures are here!

Thanks to all our guests and supporters of our Paws & Claus event last week... Once again you made the night a success!.

Digital copies of the pictures of that night with our amazing Elves are free to download. All of the images will remain for at least a year and be available on SocialLight.

Check out the photos on the button below an simply right-click on the image and select "save to computer".

Check your Photos HERE

Eisenhower Panel scheduled for tonight has been Cancelled

Big THANK YOU! to Palm Springs Front Runners & Walkers

We’re incredibly grateful to Brian Eggert, Michael Ambrose, and Keith Culver with Palm Springs Front Runners & Walkers, all the wonderful sponsors, volunteers, and participants for their support and generosity from this year’s Pride Run & Walk 5K!

Thanks to YOU, $21,407 from this event was donated to The Center, and you are a part of how we are able to deliver on our mission of creating vibrant community.

On behalf of The Staff and Board of Directors of The Center, thank you for supporting what we do here @ The Center and out in the community!

The Center (Administrative Offices) will be closed for the Holidays

Our administrative offices will be closed from Monday, December 24th, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019. We will see you back on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

The Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic will be seeing scheduled appointments.

To see if your event or meeting in our facilities is scheduled during the Holidays, please contact your facilitator.

Happy Holidays!

Coming up @ The Center

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Fall/Winter Series: Intimacy Matters—A Discussion Group for Gay Men [Final Session]

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 12, 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" starts Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

This class fills up fast, so call The Center today @ 760-416-7790 and sign up.

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30PM to 3:30PM

Where: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor. Palm Springs, CA 92262

Notes: Required textbook for class is Easy Spanish Step-by Step by Barbara Bregstein. Available from Amazon

Cost: $80 members - $120 non-members

Please note: This is an 10 week course

For more details click HERE

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

For Class details click Here

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

For Class details click HERE

Call The Center today @ 760-416-7790 for info and to sign up.

Mark on your calendars for INFO-A-GO-GO!

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 increase your visibility and membership or save the date to attend.

Just fill out the information below to reserve your space today. Participation is only $30 to help us cover costs. Each participant will receive a 6’ banquet table and 2 chairs (you must bring your own table linens) Deadline for participation is January 11, 2019.

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  

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Leadership Circle

Business Partner Spotlight

GayRealEstate.com is committed to connecting members of the LGBT community to agents with a proven record, knowledge and success on the specific market needs. You’ll instantly be provided a free list of gay, lesbian, and gay-friendly realtors in the area you’re interested in. Read the real estate agent bios and choose the agent you like - there is never any cost or obligation!

For more information about this Business Partner click HERE

Dr. G's Corner

Coping with the Holiday Blues

The Holidays are upon us and for many people that means counting our blessings, eating favorite foods, spending time with family and friends, gifting and perhaps even reflecting on our lives. Partying and consumer madness aside, there can be a profound sense of gratitude that comes from counting one’s blessings. This is a time of year when the depths of our relationships are measured and celebrated.

Read the entire article HERE...

Help our Community Food Bank

Every Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, The Center hosts a clean, safe and accessible "pop-up grocery store" that provides FREE groceries for local families and residents of Riverside County.


The Community Food Bank @ The Center: 610 S Belardo Rd. Palm Springs, CA 92264

For donations drop off: The Center @ 1301 N Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd. Floor. Palm Springs | Mon - Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Ongoing @ The Center

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Upcoming Community Events

Be Merry... Country Dance & Fundraiser @ Chill Bar - TONIGHT!

As this is the holiday season, the Cowboy Dance in December will feature a selection special holiday music for dancing and listening enjoyment. Other features include Chill’s selection of drink specials, multiple door prizes, our professional boot black (to keep your size eleven’s looking their best).

Also, Ms. Palm Springs Hot Rodeo, Ciana Costa, is undertaking a special drive in support of Toys for Tots in our community. So, added to the best music, the best drinks from the best bartenders at the best hotspot on Arenas, and more!, let’s make it a fun night to remember.

Come celebrate with your favorite cowboy or cowgirl from Palm Springs Rodeo (or meet a new one)! The fun begins 7pm. Bring a friend (or two). 

When: Wednesday, December 19th - 7:00 PM

Where: Chill Bar - 217 E Arenas Rd. Palm Springs

Mixing things up for a good cause @ The Riviera Palm Springs

The Riviera Palm Springs is mixing things up for a good cause, and we’re grateful!

This month, The Riviera is featuring a delicious cocktail, the Winter Mule (pear flavored vodka and cinnamon syrup). Not only is this cocktail delicious, it also gives back to local charities! 

$2 from each Winter Mule will go to The LGBT Community Center of the Desert! And if that’s not a reason to drink, I don’t know what is?! Cheers!

When: All month of December

Where: The Riviera Palm Springs

1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

P.A.L.S. - Death Cafe | Thursday, Dec 27th, 2018

Death Cafe

It is ironic that talking about death leaves us feeling good.


Join us for cake and conversation.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP in the affirmative by replying to this email or calling Rob at 207-446-2523.

When: Thursday , December 27, 2018 - 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: The LGBT Center of the Desert

1301 N Palm Canyon Drive 3rd floor, Palm Springs

For more info about P.A.L.S. click HERE

It's never too soon to plan ahead! 

☑ VOTE: 1st OUTstanding Awards is here

GED - Gay Entertainment Directory's 1st OUTstanding Awards is here, celebrating the best in the Greater Palm Springs Area! Vote for your favorite organization, brunch spot, happy hour, and more!

Vote "Center Stage" and the "Red Dress Dress Red" party for OUTstanding Charity Event

☑️ Voting is open NOW through December 31, 2018.


Palm Springs Speaks - JANET MOCK | January 19th, 2019

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!


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.

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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


Women of The Center

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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