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Through our exclusive Health & Wellness partnership with Eisenhower Health, you get access to physicians on a variety of health topics. 

Check back monthly for new lectures, currently held on most Wednesdays at The Center virtually via ZOOM, 5:30PM - 6:30PM


Date Time Presenter Topic Topic Description
Wednesday,           Feb 10, 2021 4:00 to 5:00 pm Karen Stewart Meditation for Heart Health There's more to heart attack and stroke prevention than medications, exercise, and diet.  In fact, some of the latest research suggests that Meditation can be a useful part of cardiovascular risk reduction.  Join Karen Stewart, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Via ZOOM to learn more.
Wednesday,              Feb 24, 2021 4:00 to 5:00 pm Marielena Cid, RN Diabetes: It's only a word, not a sentence Diabetes is a condition to be managed not a death sentence.  With some significant changes to lifestyle and a few necessary precautions, you will be able to lead a long and healthy life.  Join Marielena Cid, RN, Diabetes Educator Via ZOOM to learn what you can do today to begin your journey to wellness.
Wednesday,                 Mar 10, 2021 4:00 to 5:00 pm Cari Sudmeier, NP A Woman's Guide to Healthy Aging As many women over 50 know, some things just get better with age. However, aging also increases the risk for developing health conditions that can impact your quality of life.
To take care of yourself at any age, it pays to be well informed. Join Cari Sudmeier, NP, Women’s Health Via ZOOM to learn about a few conditions that are common among women as they age - and what you can do to prevent or treat them.
Wednesday,           Mar 24, 2021 4:00 to 5:00 pm Rajiv Tailor, MD Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Relief Is Possible Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that can affect muscles, bones and joints including conditions like tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis. Sports Medicine Specialists undergo extensive training in musculoskeletal medicine and are highly capable in the management of these problems, bridging the spectrum from acute injury to rehabilitation. Join Rajiv Tailor, MD, Sports Medicine Specialist Via ZOOM, to hear about the non-surgical treatment options available for MSDs.
Wednesday,           Apr 14, 2021 4:00 to 5:00 pm Marcel Fraix, DO   Why Sleep is so Important Did you know that getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and well-being? In fact, it’s just as vital as getting regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. But what happens to our bodies when we have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep?  Join Marcel Fraix, DO Via ZOOM to learn more about the effects of poor sleep and how you can get the zzzzz’s you need for a healthy mind and body.
Wednesday,          Apr 28, 2021 4:00 to 5:00 pm Olivia Ellis  Movement Vs Exercise: What's the difference? Lovers of vigorous exercise aren’t the only ones who get health benefits from physical activity.  Studies show that low impact workouts and even activities you’d never think of as exercise can also improve your well-being.  Join Olivia Ellis, Cardiac Rehab Specialist Via ZOOM to learn more.


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The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert is a not-for-profit California corporation.

The Center is committed to organizational transparency and provides the following electronic financial statements for convenience and informational purposes only. 

Audited Financial Reports

Form 990

Virtually Tour The Center


The Center is thrilled to provide to you this Virtual Tour of our home, which is located in the McDonald/Wright Building, 1301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, suite 301 in the City of Palm Springs. Thanks to a very generous donation from Marco Carocari, you will be able to tour The Center’s Main Reception, The David Bohnett CyberCenter, our Program Hospitality Area, Community Rooms One, Two and Three, as well as the Behavioral Health Clinic @ The Center. So, take a look around, get a feel for this very special place and come by and see us to experience The Center in-person. There is vibrant community waiting here for you.


On this Virtual tour, you will be able to visit the following spaces:

Main Reception: Made possible by a generous gift from David Hood & George Sellers, The Center’s Main Reception provides a warm and architecturally interesting welcome for our visitors. Featured in the Main Reception are two 48” displays which highlight The Center’s Calendar of Events, Upcoming Programs and Business Partners, a 55” display acknowledging Capital Campaign donors and a unique “Center” design in the ceiling. Wireless Internet access is available throughout The Center.

The David Bohnett CyberCenter: Made possible and fully-funded by David Bohnett Foundation the CyberCenter offers free computer and Internet access to anyone in the community who needs such access. The David Bohnett Cyber Center is open during The Center’s regular business hours. PCs run Windows 10 and are loaded with Microsoft Office products.


Room One: Made possible by a generous gift from Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation. This community space has capacity for up to 36 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room One has wireless Internet access.

Program Hospitality: Made possible by a generous gift from Robert Walker & Ernest Phinney, the Hospitality area offers a Community Board to promote events, housing and employment opportunities as well as other activities in the Coachella Valley. Coffee, water and soft drinks are available.

Room Two: Made possible by a generous gift from Geoff Kors & James Williamson in memory of Murray Kors. This community space has capacity for up to 45 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room Two has wireless Internet access.

Room Three: Made possible by a generous gift from Casey C. Colley & Jose Carlos Mendez Fernandez This community space has capacity for up to 45 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room Three has wireless Internet access.

Behavioral Health: Made possible by a generous gift from Kevin Blessing    in memory of Scott Hines, this is a low cost outpatient community clinic that serves low-income LGBTQ adults suffering from depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation and dysfunctional behaviors (drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, sexual acting-out), and/or interpersonal problems. The Clinic reception has wireless Internet access.


To learn more about room capacity and rental fees, you can visit: https://www.thecenterps.org/index.php/about/room-rental-information

More about Marco and the technology used to create this Virtual Tour:

The Matterport camera creates a complete 3D digital representation of a real-world interior space, providing the ability to explore it as if being there in person. Because it can be viewed on nearly any device, interacting with this data is very easy.

The camera’s various lenses record multiple HDR images, which are then stitched together into a final, virtual model, and can be toured on any computer or mobile device as a Floor plan, Dollhouse, or as a 3D Tour from a preassigned starting location.

Marco Carocari has been a full time photographer for over twenty years, and recently relocated to the desert from Zurich, Switzerland. Specializing in Architecture, Real Estate, Portrait and Beauty photography, his work has appeared internationally in coffee table books, advertisements, professional journals, and catalogs. View his full portfolio at www.marcocarocari.com


Room Rentals are not available at this time

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert - Community Room Usage Fees

The Center is committed to providing numerous programs and services in a safe and supportive environment for the LGBTQ community of the Coachella Valley.  Additionally, The Center makes space available to use for one-time and recurring community events including support, socializing, activism, organizing, seminars, private functions, networking and rehearsing.

Important: The Center’s facilities staff are responsible for processing and executing requests to use available space and equipment.


General Occupancy Capacity:

  • Room 1 – 36 people
  • Room 2 – 45 people
  • Room 3 – 45 people
  • Room 4 -  50 people  (Room 201 - Level 2)

Room Rentals include:

  • Free coffee and water
  • Free Parking outside of assigned covered spaces only
  • Smart screen in each room with HDMI
  • Tables and chairs


  • $50 up to 2 hour rental
  • $100 per half day (up to 4 hours)
  • $200 for full day (up to 8 hours)
  • Plus $25 processing/set-up fee

A 50% discount is given to valid non-profit organizations (proof of status will be required). NoteSpecial arrangements can be made for weekend or after-hours rentals at the discretion of The Center.

For room rental agreement, policy & procedures and request form, please click HERE or Download Attachments below  . For additonal informaton, please contact Candice Nichols via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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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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