STRONGER TOGETHER, GREATER TOGETHER
Palm Springs Pride president and CEO Ron deHarte said, “We stand together with our LGBTQ+ colleagues and friends and will deliver residents and our business partners a reimagined, safe, socially distanced Pride Week celebration. We are focused on delivering a Safer Together, Greater Together message that everyone is welcome and respected for who they are in Palm Springs.
We believe that all people deserve a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space to celebrate Pride and our community. In lifting each other up even when it’s hard, even during a pandemic, we build allies, opportunities, and resources to live our best lives and help those around us do the same. This includes helping our community, business and non-profit partners through these challenging financial times.”
PALM SPRINGS PRIDE 2020 EVENTS CALENDAR
November 3 (Tuesday)
7 AM – 8 PM
RALLY AGAINST RACISM
A Call for Individuals to Go Vote
Join this virtual rally against Racism! What does that mean? Vote! Your vote is needed to elect politicians who will tear down institutionalized racism and build institutions that promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Make sure you are registered to vote at this link.
Return ballot ASAP or well before Nov 3
Track your ballot at at this link.
Location: A polling location near you
November 6 (Friday)
Virtual, Live Stream Event
Presented by Gilead… We’ll open up Pride with our traditional Flag Raising and even though we won’t be able to gather in person, we’ll be able to watch a live stream of our elected officials, and civic leaders speak about what Pride means to the City of Palm Springs. Virtually cheer on and witness the unfurling the giant rainbow from the top of iconic buildings and homes across the city. Rainbow flags, symbolic of both the unity and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community will fly throughout the city and remind the world that everyone is supported, embraced, and welcome in Palm Springs.
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November 6 (Friday)
Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat
Livestream Event (Virtual)
We invite people of all faith communities and beliefs to join the 2020 Pride Welcoming of the Sabbath Service.
The Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat is a pluralistic online prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy will include song, ancient poetry, contemporary readings and meditation led by members of our local clergy.
Presented BY: Or Hamidbar PS, United Methodist Church of Palm Springs, Bloom in the Desert Ministries UCC, Hope Palm Springs, and Saint Gilles Catholic Community.
November 6-7 (Fri & Sat)
5 PM – Midnight
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
A Virtual Valley-Wide Event
Like never before, the Coachella Valley Unites in Support of the LGBTQ Community. Presented by Alaska Airlines and Gay Desert Guide.
Valley residents are invited to celebrate Pride and Light Up the Night with pink or rainbow lights at home or their business on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7.
In Palm Springs, Pride Week usually involves large crowds at events across the city. This year, as Pride Week events adapt to a new world of COVID-19 restrictions, valley residents will come together to Light Up the Night in a new and special way as Palm Springs Pride’s inaugural lighting ceremony comes to living rooms, windows, front yards and porches across the valley.
Those participating will join thousands of other private home-based light ups across the valley to take part in a new virtual lighting ceremony.
On Pride weekend November 6 and 7, organizers are calling on the community to light up their homes, and businesses with pink or rainbow lights, to foster a spirit of community and solidarity and affirm their support for LGBTQ equality, equity, and diversity. Light Up the Night will also honor those impacted by COVID-19, to remember loved ones lost and impacted. Together we will create a glowing show of community support and hope for a future free of the darkness coronavirus brings to our lives.
During these difficult times, Light Up the Night will send a message that we are there for one another. With COVID-19 restrictions, organizers encourage participants to follow all government restrictions and advice relating to COVID-19.
“This is a great way for us to continue supporting measures to combat the pandemic while embracing vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community who are isolated in non-supportive environments. For youth and seniors, this is an important time to be there for each other. Lighting up our homes we can show unity and foster a spirit of community,” said Ron deHarte, president and CEO of Palm Springs Pride.
“We see “Light Up the Night” as a way to connect with neighbors – both known and unknown – as the lights will act as a symbol of LGBTQ solidarity. Our businesses will also be encouraged to participate and let locals and visitors alike know that they are supportive of the LGBTQ diverse communities in Greater Palm Springs,” added Brad Fuhr, founder and e-publisher of GayDesertGuide.LGBT, the presenting sponsor of the event. “We will be encouraging everyone to post their photos on Facebook and Instagram with the #ILoveGayPalmSprings and #PSPride hashtags so we can share them with the world!”
Palm Springs Pride Drive-In Movie Experience
Presented by Nissan on Nov 6 and Nov 7. Socially Responsible + Nostalgic Fun: The Palm Springs Cultural Center Drive-In Experience invites you to step back in time.
Under the starlit Palm Springs night, re-live the magic of yesteryear with a modern pop-up cinematic twist! Join us and celebrate Greater Palm Springs Pride 2020 at the PS Cultural Center Drive-In.
November 6 (Friday)
5:30 – 9:30 PM
2300 E Baristo Rd
Five years in the making, CURED illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses. Before this momentous 1973 decision, the medical establishment viewed every gay and lesbian person as diseased and in need of a cure. Business and government used the mental-illness classification to justify discrimination and bigotry. As long as lesbians and gay men were “sick,” progress toward equality was nearly impossible.
November 7 (Saturday)
5:30 – 9:30 PM
2300 E Baristo Rd
AHEAD OF THE CURVE is the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history you’ve never heard of and the impact her work continues to have today. Growing up, Franco never saw any representation of queer women–she didn’t even know it was possible for a woman to be gay. When she realized she was a lesbian, it changed the course of her life.
EXIST, PERSIST, RESIST, AND THRIVE is a community film focusing on queer women/lesbians. Produced by Lesbo Expo Presents, Directed by Shann Carr and Marnie Navarro the film strives to present visibility, creativity, and community for the Pride community and beyond. Featuring entertainers you love, commentary, funny stuff, and all the creativity the women’s community has to offer.
November 6-8 (Fri – Sun)
Front Runners Pride 5K Run and Walk
An individual participation event
Although we cannot meet in person, we are not letting 2020 go by without our annual Pride Run & Walk and the opportunity to raise needed funds for our amazing beneficiary – the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.
With our virtual run, you choose your own 5K route and run or walk anytime on Pride Weekend: Nov 6th – 8th. And best of all – anyone around the globe can participate. That’s right – our Palm Springs Front Runners & Walkers friends and family around the globe can join the fun!
THREE PRIDE PARADES INSTEAD OF ONE!
Viewers Worldwide Are Invited to Celebrate Pride with Live, Complete PromoHomo.TV Rebroadcasts of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Palm Springs Pride Parades
While we wish we could gather as usual for Palm Springs Pride – especially for the parade – due to the pandemic, we can’t. But we’re doing the next best thing! Not one parade, but three! PromoHomo.TV will be rebroadcasting, in their entirety, the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Palm Springs Pride Parades, available worldwide on YouTube, Facebook and at PromoHomo.TV.
November 8 (Sunday)
4 – 7 PM
Pride Tea Dance presented by KGAY 106.5
Enjoy your own private Sunday Tea Dance at home with DJ Galaxy and dance away to his unique set of today’s hits, throwback jams, and custom DJ Galaxy remixes.
Pride month is usually a time to connect with friends, old and new, as we celebrate the progress we’ve made and recharge for the work ahead.
We know it’s difficult to think about celebrating as we are facing a global pandemic and fighting for racial justice. However, it’s so important for us to stay connected as a community and take care of our mind and spirit at the same time.
Join us on our virtual dance floor as we host our Virtual Pride Tea Dance!
GET YOUR PRIDE PARTY PACKS TO GO
Order by Friday, Nov 6 at Noon
Pick-up Orders Curbside Nov 4, 5, 6 and 7 from 10 AM – 3 PM
Pick up your Pride packs curbside at Trio – 707 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
Pride Party Packs TO GO is a fundraising promotion supported by Trio and Channel Q for the Pride organization.
Plan ahead and leave the party planning to us. Order your Pride party packages today and pickup curbside at Trio on November 4, 5, 6 or 7th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All proceeds go to fund Palm Springs Pride’s year-round civic engagement, events and programs.
The Pride theme party packs will offer a variety of cocktails kits for pickup and will encourage same household Pride celebrations on Pride Weekend. Kits feature Bud Light Seltzer, Effen Vodka, Hornitos, Jim Beam, Cruzan Rum, SQRRL Whiskey, mixers and plenty of Pride Swag.
Must be 21 w/ valid ID. Party Packs are TO GO only. Order online by Noon, Friday 11/6/20. Pick up your Pride packs curbside at Trio – 707 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs.
Participating businesses need to sign up with Main Street by October 31. Judging will take place via an online community poll November 2 through November 9
Main Street Palm Springs, the Downtown and Uptown Business Association, following the highly praised Street Art Bench project, announced another program it has created that will help safely promote local businesses and increase community involvement. The Palm Springs Pride Window Design and Display Contest will take place November 2 through November 9.
Businesses, including restaurants, hotels, retail and service businesses, are encouraged to create unique Pride related displays visible from the street. While businesses can create their own displays, the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission has grants available to hire local artists for window designs and other arts.
Participating businesses need to sign up with Main Street by October 31. Judging will take place via an online community poll November 2 through November 9, allowing for community members to view displays at their leisure without any crowds, and maintaining social distancing. Businesses are encouraged to post images of their displays on social media, allowing those who are sheltering in to participate in the judging and voting.
All participating as well as non-participating Palm Springs businesses are asked to make a donation to the prize package. Winners will be announced in three categories: restaurants, retail and other. The winner in each category will receive the donated prizes. In addition, Main Street will award each winner $250 in cash to be donated to the Greater Palm Springs Pride Organization.
Additional donations by the public and businesses to Greater Palm Springs Pride to support their awareness, education and outreach efforts are encourage.
“We are working with local business owners to come up with safe and socially-distant programs where they can promote their businesses and offer something to the local community,” said Joy Brown Meredith, Main Street Board Chair and owner of Crystal Fantasy, a popular Palm Canyon retail store since 1987. “The pandemic has prompted local governments to create strict guidelines to protect residents and visitors. Main Street is following these necessary health and safety guidelines as we plan fun and safe events for the community, which also support our local non-profits and businesses. The Street Art Bench Project has proven that even during these dark times, when we all come together for a community effort we can create a win-win program.”
Jeffrey Bernstein, also a Main Street Board Member and owner of Destination PSP added, “We’ve seen the community rally around our local businesses during the past six months. The Pride Window Contest will provide some publicity for these merchants and their employees that have struggled.”
Celebrate Palm Springs Pride With This Fabulous Coffee Table Book
Pride is celebrated through photography. Palm Springs photographer Ron Williams has published a 200-page photo-book of Palm Springs Pride parades going back to 2008. “Desert Diversity” is an official publication of Palm Springs Pride. Shop at Destination PSP (a proud supporter of Palm Springs Pride) or order from Amazon.
Palm Springs Pride 2o2o Virtual Food Court
Plan ahead, order delivery or take-out, or enjoy patio dining with restaurant partners who observe mask requirements and social distancing protocols for the health and safety of all.
ABOUT GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE
Greater Palm Springs Pride is a nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBTQ community. Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since the first Coachella Valley Pride event was held in 1986.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization brings together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through its programs which include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, the Cesar Chavez Breakfast, the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, and the downtown Arenas Rd. Block Party.