Creating Vibrant Community
    by helping LGBTQ people along their way

    Today is National Coffee Day!



  • instagram facebookicon twitter





    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Center Stage Honoree

Legacy Award Honoree: Brian Rix

What do you get when you combine politics, film and entertainment, and law? The man known as Brian Rix, outgoing Chairman of the Board for The LGBT Community Center of the Desert and the 2019 recipient of The Center’s Legacy Award.

One glimpse at Brian’s resume, and you’ll see his unique skillset brought to life:

As founding partner of the commercial talent agency, Joseph, Heldfond & Rix, Inc.;

On the political stage fighting against the No on 6 Briggs Initiative which sought to ban gays and lesbians from working in the California Public Schools System;

Serving on the of Board of MECLA the first LGBT political PAC  providing support for candidates sympathetic to gay rights, and one of the organizers of the first openly gay fundraiser for presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

With all these skills, Brian brought his gifts to the Coachella Valley after his company, Burke Rix Communications opened an office in Palm Springs. And as the LGBTQ movement gained rights and acceptance Brian turned his attention to support his local community. Under his leadership, we moved to our new home in the McDonald/Wright building, expanded our services both both geographically and demographically, expanded our mental health services and have truly become a vital resource to LGBTQ people living in our desert communitities.

Of course, Brian is quite proud of his time at The Center, as we are of him, though we can’t compete with his pride of adopting his son, Josh along with former partner Bob Burke making them early pioneers in LGBTQ parenting.

 Brian and his partner Jack aren’t going anywhere; they are staunchly politically and socially motivated to play strong roles in local civic affairs while enjoy living their best life in the desert, with their family, and especially in their role as grandparents to two wonderful grandsons.



  • The LGBT 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

  • facebookicon twitter instagram