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    THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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Hey there,
 
Anyone else feel like you’re roasting when you step outside? Summer is officially here, and so too is the new reality of relaxed COVID restrictions in the state of California. That means if you’re fully vaccinated, you can walk through the world maskless… and yes, it does feel pretty weird at first (or always). Folks who are unvaccinated should consider wearing masks, since COVID-19 is still in the world!
 
And just a reminder that The Center locations are still CLOSED to the public. Why? Ongoing construction! The one thing we can’t control or speed up, no matter how much we want to. So please, call and leave a voicemail, or email us if you have needs that we can help with. In the meantime, you can join in on any of our virtual offerings… in fact, check out our featured ones below to see what clicks with you.
 
Because we’ll undoubtedly get lots of these questions with all the restrictions easing up, we’re quizzing you and hoping you can help spread the word:
When will The Center in Palm Springs re-open for in-person meetings?
No idea
2022
After construction is complete
In July
September 2021
 
Tune in for the answer next week!
 
Last week we shared the original line-up and meanings of the colors in the first Pride flag and asked which colors and intentions vibed with you. Like life, the Pride flag has evolved and changed, with today's Progress Pride flag better representing the breadth of our community's diversity.
 
Director's Letter
I realized earlier this week that today is my 40th anniversary of being out and learning to be proud. The first time a girl kissed me was on June 16th when I was two weeks shy of turning 17. I remember that moment felt like an enormous exhale of both relief and excitement. (“Finally!”) I didn’t know about Pride, I didn’t know about Stonewall or Harvey Milk. That first kiss turned into an almost four-year relationship. Her mom threatened a Catholic exorcism, my mom held me tighter. I was lucky. My parents had two gay friends when I was growing up, and I grew up understanding that being queer was just as “normal” as being straight. But I still did not want to be gay. It was way too scary for a young person back in the 1980s. At first the self-concept of being gay had nothing to do with pride. It was more about how to keep it secret from most of the world.
 
And then I went to my first underage queer nightclub. 
 
Queer kids of all colors, with blue hair, piercings, leather jackets. Transgender kids being themselves. Street kids huddled together next to their bags of belongings. It was a room full of all the “weirdos” my classmates would make fun of and call names. It was wild and wonderful. I felt I had discovered a secret world. It was at this club that I first began to develop a sense of deep pride at being one of these “weirdos” and it was in this club that I first I knew that somehow, someday I wanted to be able to help those kind of kids—especially those without support from family or society. 
 
From my life experiences I have come to understand the importance of pride, the importance of community, and the importance in being able to see ourselves in others who are out and proud in this world.
 
Jill Hingston
Director of Behavioral Health Services
 
Step Right Up!
 
Every great journey starts with just one step...
come take The Center's next journey with us. 
 
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
 
UPCOMING 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
 
 
Inspiring
Friendships
 
This weekly chat group is for all women (no matter how you identify) to discuss topics of interest and find connection.
 
Join us for an hour and a half of interesting chat as the spirits moves us.
 
Thursdays @ 10:30am
Hosted by Kim Kieler
 
 
THIS
Monday!
 
Who Cares? is a peer-led support group for those who are caring for their loved ones. As unpaid care givers, you can gain support from peers and know that we are here and that We Care!
 
Fridays @ 3PM
 
Meeting ID: 633304494
 
 
 
 
Last Meeting
THIS MONDAY
 
This group provides a safe place to discuss all aspects of what it means to be queer and spiritual. We explore, learn and support each other on our individual spiritual journeys without judgement, fear or expectations.
 
First and third Mondays
through April
10AM - 11AM
 
 
Strength
in numbers
 
This group is intended for all men from the recently diagnosed to the long-term survivor and is facilitated by a gay man who is also a Prostate Cancer Survivor.
 
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
 
Next group:
Tuesday, June 8th
4PM - 5PM
 
 
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.
The Desert Winds Freedom Band is a large and diverse community musical group based in Palm Springs, California. Founded by Gary Moline in 2001 with just 17 members, the band has grown steadily both in membership and concert attendance. Now in its 19th season, the band has grown to over 80 members who truly enjoy rehearsing, performing, and meeting new people. Learn more about our amazing Platinum partner here.
 
Community Events
 
THIS SATURDAY
Juneteenth Benefit for Brothers of The Desert!
 
Smell the Pride
There’s a new florist in town, Hermano, and they’re expressing their pride by donating all the proceeds of every Friday of this month to The Center. Stop by and check out their beautiful pride color arrangements this or next Friday, located at 383 N Indian Canyon.
 
Hermano is a floral design studio and shop located in Palm Springs, California. Using flowers as a medium, their work encompasses a spectrum ranging from progressive arrangements to installations. Hermano correlates flowers with music and arts, providing audio/video productions for local creatives to aspire and utilize.
 
Give them some love and follow them @hermanoflowershop
 
Musical Celebration
 
Loud & Proud: A Celebration of Pride Bands
from Coast to Coast
Saturday, June 26, 4PM - 7PM
 
Don’t miss this special virtual concert as LGBTQIA+ bands
from across the nation celebrate Pride!
 
To watch the concert please register here.
 
Almost SOLD OUT!
 
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.
 
Palm Springs Pride!
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.
 
Resiliency Survey - Ends this month!
 
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.
 
The survey has had over 15,000 respondents to date. If you can please add your experience, it remains open until the end of Pride month.
 
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 16, 2021- Are you a rule maker or a rule breaker?
June 23, 2021- Pride month: What makes you proud to be LGBTQIA+?
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
 
Seminar:
Saturday, June 26, 2021 10 AM.
Journey Together With Dementia: Exploring Care and Support Services.
Register here.
 
Gay Desert Fun
 
 
Gay Desert Guide share 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 as a PDF here or 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.
 
Feel Good Story
Our recent Mis Amores family support group was one of the most touching thus far. We were joined by a Spanish speaking family seeking advice, resources and programming for their young trans son. I, Áres, personally, was very grateful for the opportunity to connect with these parents because of the honest, loving acceptance of their child and their openness of areas they needed support in. As a person of trans experience, I was delighted to offer my personal insight, assurance, and advice to this family. The similar experiences lived allowed us to connect very meaningfully with all of the family. We had the absolute pleasure of signing their awesome son up for our youth programming, and this passing-on of resources is one of many reasons we are ever so appreciative of families reaching out to us.
 
The Mis Amores group provides a safe, family oriented space that is full of love, learning, and sharing. As the group grows we will only continue to better the timelines and lived experiences of our community. It is a privilege of mine to be part of such deep conversation.
 
Áres Flores Silvestre 
 
They were here, and they were ours
 
Here we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
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
 
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    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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