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    THE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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WOMEN @ THE CENTER

 
 
Hey there,
 
This week we grieve the loss of our ally, Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
 
RBG as she was affectionately known, symbolized hope for a new type of humanity and we grieve her loss and despair for her replacement. She suffered defeats and set backs but remained true to herself and her values, forever pushing forward. Exhorting us to not waste time in anger, regret or resentment but to get on with the work.
 
Some cultures believe that when you walk from this world the best of you lives on in others. Let us grieve and then let us take her strength and decency and take up the battles. Let us not despair that there are battles, let us only ask ourselves which side we want to be on in them. It was the measure of her, let it be the measure of us.
 
Join Us for a Chat!
 
 
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 among friends.
 
Thursdays @ 10:30AM
 
 
Walks & Hikes start again
 
Walk into the joy of new day
this coming Tuesday, September 29th, @ 6:15AM
 
Chuckwalla Trail in Rancho Mirage.
 
Meet in the parking lot behind the Rancho Mirage City Hall.
 
Walk is 3 miles, with 500 feet elevation. Do all or as much as you want.
 
 
 
Physically distanced picnics are back
 
Join Kim, Gail, and Gwendolyn at COVINGTON PARK in Morongo Valley for the first of their planned monthly gatherings on Saturday, October 10th, @ Noon - 3PM.
 
Bring your own food and drink, there is no sharing of food; physical distancing and masks are required.
 
 
Lesbian & Women's Programming elsewhere
 
Virtual Speed Dating!
Virtual Speed Dating
Saturday, September 26th,
4PM - 6PM
 
Gay Desert Guide & comedian Shann Carr play host as you go on several short one-on-one dates (each lasting 5-6 minutes) and then mingle with every lady in the room with chat and games. You could end up with a date, a friend or a business connection.
 
 
Jazz THIS Sunday!
In this free concert produced by the Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival, Lucy and Gail present something new and different, refreshing and unique.
 
Meet Cynthia Lee Thomas
 
Cynthia performs her CD New Worldisms at 3pm Sunday, September 27th, 2020.
 
Click any of the links below to watch this free concert!
 
Sunday morning Dog Walk
at Demuth Park
Sunday, September 27th, 7AM - 8AM
 
Robin Brooks hosts a dog walk. Meet in front of the restrooms at Demuth Park (Mesquite & Nueva Vista).
 
Dogs are legally required to be on-leash. Bring water, treats to share (if allowed), and a ball or a frisbee to play with.
 
You must bring a mask and have it ready to wear when physical distancing isn’t possible.
 
OutBook Club reads The Crime Writer
 
OutBook in Palm Springs has just started their new virtual season, and the second book featured is The Crime Writer, written by Jill Dawson about the American novelist Patricia Highsmith. 
 
If you're interested in reading it and joining in the discussion, the book is available at the library (and all other sources - including Audible) and they will meet to discuss it on October 7th, 7PM - 9PM.
 
To RSVP and receive the meeting link, please email Hubertus Zegers at
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Premiere night!
You're invited to the Coachella Valley premiere of the award-winning darkly comedic festival hit THE PLANTERS at the PSCC Drive-In Experience.
 
Filmed locally in the Coachella Valley the premiere kicks off with a special birthday screening (Hannah Leder) this Monday, September 28th with filmmakers in attendance and then continues the following weekend on Oct 2, 3, and 4. The Drive-In Lot opens at 5:30 PM and the film screens 5 minutes after sundown.
 
Women-Centric Films
This year's Cinema Diverse Festival contains a number of movies with unique female sensibilities. Films are available for streaming online through September 30th.
 
Head here to see what's on offer, then pop some corn, relax and put your feet up for a night of great cinema.
 
Exist, Persist, Resist and Thrive 2020
Lesbo Expo Presents is coming out, virtually, for Palm Springs Pride. November 6th - 8th. They are working on a community video production, featuring queer women/lesbians, which will stream during Pride.
 
2020 has been incredibly difficult on many levels and they want to feature our creative, strong and cohesive community, and are seeking submissions of videos from artists of all types: music, poetry, film, comedians, dancers, photographers and all creatives who want to share their voice. Any content which creates visibility for our community is welcome.
 
All clips from nano seconds to 5 minutes are welcome and will be weaved into a tale by their great Director, Creative Director and Editor.
 
You may submit your photos or clips (MP4 1080p) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
The deadline is Wednesday September 30.
 
Photo Art Exhibition
Luminous 2020
Sunday October 4th
11:30AM - 1PM
 
This Zoom photography exhibit is being held at the Heliconian Club and features seven artists: Linda Briskin, Margaret Kittel Canale, Lucie Collins, Kye Marshall, Joanne Shenfeld, Jana Skarecky, and Patricia Stamp.
 
In addition to the exhibition works, the virtual reception with spotight artist comments, and Ekphrasis performances by musicians Kye Marshall and Jana Skarecky, poet Kate Marshall Flaherty, and dancer Kaitlyn Seibold. 
 
No sign up required ahead of time.
Meeting ID: 860 4933 9397 
Passcode: 670259 
 
Research Study into Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health
The University of Maryland is researching the factors that impact lesbian and bisexual women’s physical health. They are currently in search of lesbian and bisexual cisgender women between the ages of 18 and 30 to participate in Project Bloom, a paid research study.
 
Sexual minority women experience unique challenges and opportunities related to their health. However, there is a profound lack of research about sexual minority women as a group. Project Bloom will help fill this gap by examining the sexual orientation-related processes that influence physical health and health behaviors (e.g., physical activity, alcohol consumption) among cisgender sexual minority women. 
 
To participate in this study, you must: (a) identify as a cisgender woman, (b) identify as lesbian or bisexual, (c) be between 18 and 30 years of age, (d) reside within the U.S., (e) not currently be pregnant or planning to become pregnant within the next six months.
 
If you choose to participate, you will first complete an approximately 35-minute online survey. Once this survey is finished, you may be selected to participate in a second part of the study for nine days. During this nine-day period, you complete one 10-minute online survey each evening. Participants who complete the study will be compensated between $5 and $20 in the form of an Amazon e-gift card, depending on the number of surveys they complete.
 
 
This study has been approved by the University of Maryland College Park Institutional Review Board.
 
If you have questions or concerns about participating, feel free to email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Enjoy our weekly newsletter below.
 
The nearby Snow Creek Fire has us really sitting in gratitude for things that really matter: shelter, food, health, community. Many of these things require money, and with the economy impacted by COVID-19, they might be even harder to have. We know we can help with food, but let us know about your housing situation:
Are you struggling with paying rent?
Yes
No
 
(Don't miss the United Lift Rental Assistance Fund info below!)
On a lighter note, last week you let us know what age you were when you came out. Almost 80% came out between 16 and 39, and a special shout out to the 1% of folks who came out after 70, and those who aren't currently out. We see you and celebrate you too.
 
Speaking of, to mark National Coming Out Day on October 11, join us for a very special "Coming Out Stories" focus of our weekly Social Caring peer group on Monday, October 12. In the meantime, see you on Zoom.
 
Letter from a Director
When I was about five years old my parents gave me a charm bracelet with a heart-shaped charm. Inside the heart was a mustard seed suspended in acrylic, and on the back it said: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…nothing shall be impossible unto you.” My five-year old self couldn’t make sense of this then. Then on Friday, when I learned that RBG had died, for some reason, that verse popped into my head. She was the embodiment of that concept. Her seed grew, and helped provide shade for generations to come. She embodied the type of leadership that recognizes that none of us are free until we are all free.
 
It is not lost on me that because of the work of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and all of the feminists of the 70’s (and before), that I’ve been able to open a bank account and apply for credit, buy a car and a house on my own without having a husband. I’ve been able to make decisions for myself regarding my body and my healthcare. I’m grateful to her, and the countless others who have set policy and fought for gender equity. 
 
I’ve talked to many women who are bereft and scared because we’ve lost our guiding light. She was measured and dependable and we knew where she stood. I know her legacy is alive, and that seed can be found in many of us still, even though she is no longer physically here. How do we honor her legacy and make our voices heard loud and clear? I have some ideas – including voting for my ability to be able determine the future of my own life. 
 
If you find yourself needing some support in honoring her legacy, grieving, and hoping, let us know. We’re here for you.
 
Deb Pollock
Director of Development
 
Upcoming @ The Center
 
Upcoming Eisenhower Health @ Home
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
 
Join Christina Congdon, RCP, and Nadia Jensen, RCP, to learn whether you should consider being tested for COPD. For those already diagnosed with COPD, this presentation will provide useful information on what you can do to achieve good symptom control for your best quality-of-life.
 
Wednesday, October 7th
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
No Meeting Password
 
Help is Here. Get low-cost virtual therapy @ The Center
Behavioral Health @ The Center is still accepting new clients for virtual, low cost therapy for the LGBTQ community.
 
Our clinical internship program offers high quality, affordable counseling tailored to your personal needs.
 
To start the process, call Mike Martin at:
760 416 7899
or email:
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A journey shared is easier.
 
A program for those who have lost a loved one and want assistance in dealing with their loss and to talk with others who understand what they are going through.
 
This is a 12-week closed Bereavement Therapy group and is facilitated by a MFT Intern under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
 
 
To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call 760 416 7899.
 
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.
 
 
Featured this week:
Conversational Spanish
 
For intermediate and advanced level Spanish speakers. Join this group of folks who are practicing and maintaining their Spanish-speaking skills!
 
Tuesdays @ 2PM
Meeting ID: 818 5634 6717
 
Get Resources
Community Food Bank @ The Center
 
The Community Food Bank @ The Center located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM.
 
Hours for Food Bank donation drop-offs are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon.
 
We are currently in need of the following food items:
 
  • Canned Goods: Tomatoes, Soup, Beans, String Beans, Corn, Fruit
  • Canned prepared Food: Spaghetti-O's, Beef Stew, Chili, etc.
  • Rice, 1 Pound Package
  • Dry Beans, 1 Pound Package
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Ramen
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Protein & Granola Bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Cat Food & Dog Food
 
 
 
Get help with rent
 
If you’re a Riverside County resident in need of rental assistance due to COVID-19, the application for help is still open. Applications can be submitted at any time between now and the end of November.
 
 
Take Action
Online Info Session with Desert Support for Asylum Seekers
 
Learn how you can get involved in local efforts to support LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, from advocacy to housing, and more.
 
Thursday, October 1, 1PM
 
Get Tested for COVID-19
You can now schedule an appointment online to get tested for COVID-19 through Riverside County. Click here for testing locations in the Coachella Valley. Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance.
 
The text Latinx Heritage Month in orange on a purple background with the text September 15 to October 15 underneath on an orange background in yellow
 
Support Latinx Heritage Month
 
Whatever term you might use for yourself -- Latinx, Hispanic, Latino, etc. -- Sept 15 - Oct 15 is Latinx Heritage Month. Celebrate and honor this important history by reading these books that feature LGBTQ Latinx characters.
Spread the Voting Word
 
National Voter Registration Day might be over, but you can still download these virtual Zoom backgrounds, and talk to others about voting.
 
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.
 
Community Events
 
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 upcoming events:
 
Seminar: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 9 AM – 10 AM. Legal Conversations and Beyond: Avoiding the Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes 
 
PALS Café: Every Wednesday, 4 PM – 5 PM. Password: PALS Cafe Zoom Link here
 
Death Café: Thursday, October 1, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM. 
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Community Virtual Screening, BURDEN with the Brothers of the Desert
The Brothers of the Desert invite you to a community virtual screening of the film, Burden directed by Nathan Hale-Williams.
 
BURDEN tells the story of Bennett Lewis; a highly successful and highly educated family man who in spite of his success still has to deal with the perils of being a Black man in America.
 
Saturday, October 3
4PM - 5:30PM
 
 
PS Pride Run/Walk, Nov 6-8, 2020
The Palm Springs Frontrunners & Walkers are bringing the spirit of the Palm Springs Pride 5K Run & Walk 2020 virtually! The Race/Walk cannot occur as in years past, but you can still make a HUGE impact by running, walking, skipping or dancing to help raise funds for The LGBT Community Center of the Desert! *Virtual confetti*
At this year’s virtual event, you choose your own 5K route, your own starting time, and your own pace! And best of all - anyone around the globe can participate. Just run or walk your 5k between November 6th and November 8th - and optionally upload your results by the end of day on the 8th.
 
You can join our Team (The Center) or register as a team/individual! Let’s make this year’s event the most colorful ever!
 
 
Feel Good Story of the Week
A few weeks back, we got an email and a message on our Facebook page, from a mom (S.C.) with a 15-year-old son living in the Morongo Basin. S.C. was reaching out for some guidance in dealing with a neighbor, who, after learning her son was figuring out his identity, began bullying him, with tropes that are familiar to some of us: that being gay means we are pedophiles. 
 
S.C. did not take these statements lightly. She leapt into action, reaching out to us about what she could do. While we searched for someone, anyone, who could talk to S.C., as an expert — without escalating the situation — S.C. did her own preparation to protect her son, including getting ready to file a restraining order.
 
Interpersonal conflicts like this, with neighbors, are all too common - we’ve heard our fair share of them. And they almost always begin with ignorance and fear. How do we push back against this ignorance, and protect ourselves and the ones we love? There’s not necessarily a law for conflicts like these, where words are hurled at us, making us feel unsafe where we live. 
 
While we couldn’t find a legal expert to connect with S.C., we checked in on her a week later to see how her and her family were doing over Facebook Messenger. In doing so, we learned of her fierce love for her 15- year-old, and her two other sons, no matter what. Here’s some of what she said: "I love all 3 of my boys and I don’t care if my oldest is gay or not. That’s my baby boy and I have no problem going to jail to protect any of them. I went into mama bear mode and was literally pacing the house cuz I was so mad. I don’t tolerate people attacking my kids, especially for no reason at all."
 
We shared our deep gratitude for S.C. and could feel her love for her children through that screen, and told her as such. Too many of us have experienced the exact opposite from the people who were supposed to love and keep us safe, no matter what.
 
So to Momma S.C. — thank you, for reminding us that there is indeed good in the world, even when we can’t see it.
 
They were here, and they were ours
 
Introducing a new section in our weekly newsletter, where 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 with the following details:
 
First Name Last Name (Birth Date – Death Date) 
200 words about the person
 
Submissions received by 5PM Friday will be included in the next week's newsletter, for two consecutive weeks.
 
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