For their leadership in the fight to advance LGBT civil rights and social justice, Equality California recently honored Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Palm Springs City Council member Ginny Foat and Raymond Cree Middle School for their leadership in the fight to advance LGBT civil rights and social justice at its annual Palm Springs Equality Awards Oct. 7 at the Riviera Palm Springs.
Although the Greater Palm Springs Pride parade is among the last to take place during the nation’s LGBTQ pride season, which begins in June to honor the Stonewall Riots of 1969, it’s first in terms of family-friendly atmosphere and entertainment. “It’s unlike any other pride parade in the country,” says Ron de Harte, president of Greater Palm Springs Pride. The
Craig Ramsay and Brandon Liberati first brought their larger-than-life personalites to the desert in their groundbreaking Palm Springs wedding in 2014. The wedding was actually filmed for the Bravo TV show Newlyweds: The First Year, and made the celebrity couple the first federally legal same-sex couple to be married on television. In addition to their television work, Ramsay is a
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) remains the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization with more than 2 million members. Locally, significant reminders of the importance of human rights are clearly visible, such as the annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party. This edition marks the 18th year for the elaborate event (Nov. 4), and it celebrates local agents of change with The Advocate
Editor’s Note: The is the second of a two-part series on the history of the LGBTQ community featuring author David Wallace. • Read Part I: Closeted Oasis Liberace passed away on the morning of Feb. 4, 1987. His death was announced later that afternoon to the anxious crowd of fans who had been holding a vigil outside his Palm Springs
“The 24-hour job that I happen to like very much — my business life and my social life — is all mixed together. People wait so long to have ‘the moment.’ And I am having the moments right now.” So muses Allan Carr in the The Fabulous Allan Carr, which closes Cinema Diverse, Palm Springs’ LGBTQ Film Festival on Sept.
Editor’s Note: The is the first of a two-part series on the history of the LGBTQ community featuring local author David Wallace. See Part 2: Out in the Sun Walk down Palm Canyon Drive and it’s hard not to notice rainbow flags hanging in businesses or see same-sex couples holding hands. Though the city may be a gay mecca today,
Temperatures of up to 116 degrees didn’t stop John Halbach and Kit Williamson from filming an episode of their popular EastSiders Netflix series in Palm Springs in August. Billed as, “The American road trip just got a lot gayer,” Season 3 of the series features a couple towing a 1960s trailer from New York to Los Angeles, with a car
Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, opens its 10th edition Sept. 21 and runs through Sept. 24 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and includes a new event, a special Best of Fest, the following weekend, Sept. 29-30, at the Mary Pickford Theatres in Cathedral City. This 10th anniversary edition features special screenings and events, including the
There’s no better antidote to the desert heat than a swimming pool, which, at the end of the day (or more likely during it), is the focal point of the classic Palm Springs escape. Sun worship is not relegated by record-setting temperatures, especially when it is the commodity that attracts gay travelers to the desert from around the globe. “Some