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June 11–13, 2021

New airline services, Marilyn’s behind arrives and parklet controversy dominated the news cycle this week.  It’s a relatively quiet weekend but with much anticipation for the June 15the “reopening” that will arrive with much fanfare in the Coachella Valley.  From Arenas (Pride Mixer) to El Paseo, celebrations are being planned.  However, the mask rules are still in flux and we say “better safe that sickly”.
We bid a fond farewell to the regular cohost of the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast, Shann Carr, on episode 101 this week. Shann’s been planning for her post-COVID re-emergence into the world of entertainment and outlined many of her projects on the podcast.  I will personally miss her sharp tongue, quick wit and her drive for inclusiveness that has resonated over the past few years.  We’re looking for a new co-host, so please reach out to me if you know of someone who can join our weekly cast of characters!
Happy Pride Month!  Our plans for November Pride are in full swing!
P.S.  A reminder to complete the Community Marketing and Insights (CMI) study by the end of the month.We’ll be here to keep you updated on bar and nightlife events in our new “After Dark” section, plus community events, news you can use and our signature directory of LGBTQ-friendly businesses.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide
#ILoveGayPalmSprings #ILoveGayCatCity and #WeArePalmSprings

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This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings

June 11–13, 2021

We’re keeping you updated on the weekend’s Top Events: We are eagerly anticipating the June 15th Reopening of California! Plus we have news of a full-scale Palm Springs Pride planned, a Second Show Encore of “Remembering the Golden Girls” with Stan Zimmerman and Alexander Rodriguez, “In the Heights” at Mary Pickford Theater, LGBTQ+ Night at Dodger Stadium, Cinema Under the Stars, The PettyBreakers, Eve Adams Radical Lesbian and more…

/campaigns/org670682466/sitesapi/files/images/670109687/3.png/campaigns/org670682466/sitesapi/files/images/670109687/2 (1).png… /campaigns/org670682466/sitesapi/files/images/670109687/1.png Countdown to Re-Opening!Tuesday, June 15 is the date set for the State of California’s Grand Reopening Day, when we can open up and return to “business as usual,” according to Governor Gavin Newsom. Most everyday activities and businesses will start to look more or less normal with the lifting of social distancing requirements, capacity limits, and forced closures. Vaccinated adults will no longer need to wear masks in most indoor locations, with some exceptions such as health care settings, schools, prisons, public transit and nursing homes. But yes, if vaccinated, you should be able to have a drink inside your favorite bar, go to the movies with friends who aren’t necessarily in your “pod,” and work out at the gym without a mask. Businesses may still impose their own mask requirements, and employees may still be required to wear masks, though that will likely soon be discontinued as well. On Tuesday, the bars on Arenas Road will be the setting for a Palm Springs Chamber Mixer and pub crawl to celebrate Pride Month and the re-opening, and there will be a “Mini-VillageFest” taking place nearby to mark the day and preview the return of VillageFest Thursdays in July. Meanwhile, businesses on El Paseo in Palm Desert will be toasting to the re-opening as well. All around the valley, businesses and organizations are making plans for a “Hot Vax Summer” to take advantage of the re-opening, and organizers recently announced a full-scale Palm Springs Pride in November. Stay tuned to Gay Desert Guide for more!

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“The Golden Girls: An Evening on the Lanai” 2nd Show Added

How well do you know your Golden Girls? The Fun & Games Dept of Gay Desert Guide presents an 2nd show encore of An Evening on the Lanai: Remembering the Golden Girls on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. This show sold out when we presented it last month! Come celebrate the Golden Girls with Season One writer Stan Zimmerman with fun trivia, clips from favorite episodes, prize giveaways, sing-alongs, and Q&A. Hosted by on-air personality Alexander Rodriguez from On the Rocks with Alexander and a regular guest on the #ILoveGayPalmSprings podcast. Get tickets P.S. Look for a special pre-show event on Wednesday,, June 23rd at the new PS Homeboys in Monday’s blog and events calendar.

I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast: Episode 101

John Taylor, comedian Shann Carr and Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr with special guests: Steven Biller of Palm Springs Life, restaurantHER Mindy Reed, artist Dylan Smith, Kim Kieler from the LGBTQ Center of the Desert and Executive Producer of the film “Forgive Us” Alex Woodruff.

The #ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is broadcast on Facebook Live, Fridays at 11:00 a.m.The#ILoveGayPalmSprings Podcast is also available on Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon, FireTV and Android devices via OutAt.tv. Tune in Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (or later on-demand) to stream us to your TV. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and more!

Gay Desert Guide Featured After Dark

This week in After Dark we feature the gay bars of Arenas Road as they celebrate California’s Grand Reopening on Tuesday, June 15. And on Wednesday, June 16 from 6:00–10:00 p.m., Streetbar keeps the celebration going with their “Back to Business Party” with food, fun, and feeling good again with entertainment by Siobhan and Robbie Wayne!

Welcome New Partner This Week

Mid-century meets modern at PS Homeboys in their newly-opened showroom in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Go behind the big pink doors to discover one of a kind home designs with their curated collection of furniture, lighting, accessories, wallpaper and more for your indoor and outdoor spaces, plus unique artwork by local artists. Learn more

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at The Hollywood Times, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily in DC, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International in NYC. Valerie works closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), LAMBDA Legal, NCLR, and Outfest. She is also a member of the LA Press Club. She is a lay minister and parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hollywood. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her getaway home in Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs Center and DAP Health (Partners for Life member). For years Valerie Milano had volunteered as a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.