As a strong “A” (ally) of the LGBTQA community in the Palm Springs Valley, I’m always happy to be there to support my many friends and their causes as they work tirelessly to secure equal rights and marriage equality, support those with life-threatening diseases, and celebrate the diversity for which our region of the country has become known. Year-round activities and fundraisers take place, with a huge concentration kicking off the season in October. Here’s a quick rundown of upcoming events, with links to more information.
- Tickets are now available for Equality California’s Palm Springs Equality Awards at the Riviera Hotel on October 12, 2013. The event will be hosted by funnyman Leslie Jordan, with special guest Congressman Raul Ruiz, honorees Kathleen Sebelius and Congressman Mark Takano, and musical performances by Kimberly Caldwell and Palm Springs’ own Bobbie Eakes. http://eqcaawards.org/palm-springs-equality-awards/
- Put on your sneakers and head on over to Ruth Hardy Park—the starting point for this year’s 2013 Desert AIDS Walk—on Saturday, October 19. Your efforts will benefit both Desert AIDS Project and the dozens of community partners collaborating on “Get Tested Coachella Valley,” a soon-to-be-launched, region-wide campaign dedicated to dramatically reducing the transmission of HIV. www.desertaidswalk.org
- The third annual Center Stage, benefiting The Gay & Lesbian Center in Palm Springs (which serves all the communities in our desert oasis) will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center on October 30 (kicking off the Halloween/PS Pride festivities). Music and fun will abound with headliner Frenchie crooning away while Alec Mapa emcees the night. www.thecenterps.org
- The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Garden Party is always one of my favorite events. The perennially sold-out afternoon affair will be hosted by Jim Burba & Bob Hayes at their home, the Johnny Mercer Estate in South Palm Springs, on Saturday, November 2, and will include hosted cocktails, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, and the best silent auction in town! HRC is known as one of the preeminent organizations in the country working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights. www.hrc.org
Yours truly will be at all these events, and I hope to see YOU there!