OUTstanding Voices: Palm Springs Leaders Recognized During Pride Month

As the city of Palm Springs turns 80 years old and during the worldwide Pride Month in June, Palm Springs Pride announced it is recognizing the contributions and achievements of 80 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender leaders and allies as OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs.

The list of 80 influential individuals features those who exemplify the spirit of equality and opportunity for all. Along with the full Palm Springs City Council, the 2018 list includes Gail Christian and Lucy Debardelaben, Katherine Forrest, Christine Hammond, Alexis Ortega, Arlene Rosenthal, Dr. Ronni Sanlo, Ron Oden, John Williams, Rev. Kevin A. Johnson, Carol and Mike Balasa, and Barbara and Jerry Keller. The complete list of honorees is online and viewable here.

The purpose of the month is to recognize the impact that LGBT individuals and community allies have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The LGBT community is not taught its history at home, in public schools, nor in religious institutions. “OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs is a platform to preserve and celebrate our history, and our community, business, and civic leaders who exemplify the qualities of courage, leadership and perseverance,” said Ron deHarte, president of Palm Springs Pride. “Honorees are visibly out or vocal allies that influence, impact and advance LGBT equality,” added deHarte.

Honorees include contributors and leaders in the cause for equal rights, youth allies, proud politicians, and civic insiders. Individuals were selected by a panel of nonprofit organization leaders. Organizers recognize there are many individuals living and deceased who have made significant contributions to the equality and social justice movements and the 2018 list of OUTstanding Voices is only a small representation of those who are deserving and worthy of recognition. Nominations came from the event vice chairs Barbara Carpenter, Ginny Foat, Mike Thompson, David Powell, and Palm Springs Pride.

The OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs reception is scheduled for June 14, 2018 – 6pm – 7:30pm at the Hyatt Palm Springs. Tickets are available at pspride.org.

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 LGBT 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) 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, Community Leadership Council, OUT PSP (a food and drink event), the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs, and the downtown Palm Springs-based Arenas Road Block Party. 

For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit www.pspride.org. The 2018 Palm Springs Pride Week under the theme of Youth Power for Change is scheduled for November 2-4, 2018.

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Is There Life Out There? Find Out At "Contact In The Desert"!

Interest in Contact in the Desert, the largest UFO conference in the world, is surging due to a recent story in the New York Times detailing some of the findings of a “mysterious UFO program,” that included video of a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet encountering an unknown flying object. The video was released by the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, an initiative funded from 2007 to 2012 by then Senate majority leader Harry Reid. The article details a 22 million-dollar program hidden deep within the Pentagon budget with the expressed intent “to investigate aerial threats,” including what the military preferred […]

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“Fly Local” — Why Everyone Wins When You Fly Via Palm Springs International Airport

Photo: Destination 360

It’s darling. It’s easy. It’s stylish. It’s close. No, I’m not talking about the latest hot boutique, restaurant, or nightspot, I’m talking about our own Palm Springs International Airport. Turns out a lot of other people are too. In fact, the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC), in partnership with the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, has announced the launch of “Fly PSP First,” a regional public service campaign designed to highlight the economic impact of the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). This “Fly Local” campaign will encourage both local business and residents […]

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Women Who Lead Luncheon with Trina Turk at the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage

Trina Turk

Join Palm Springs Life for the Women Who Lead Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage. Palm Springs Life presents a celebration of six remarkable women in the Coachella Valley. These leaders and role models — both in business and in life — are bettering our community through their extraordinary accomplishments and dedication. Join us as we honor the commitment, vision, and talents that have made these women the Women Who Lead in 2018.

The event’s featured keynote speaker is Trina Turk. Ms. Turk is a California-based and California-inspired fashion and lifestyle designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist, who opened her eponymous […]

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Palm Springs Named One of Palm Springs Named One of "Best Places to Live" by Sunset Magazine

Korakia Pensione | Photo: Sarah Sherman Samuels

Best of the West

The top cities of the Western U.S. that rank as “Best of the West” include Palm Springs, California in the most recent issue of Sunset Magazine.  A city reimagining its present and future, Palm Springs new downtown is evolving to embrace a new, energetic vibe.

A perennially sunny city nestled at the foot of the majestic San Jacinto mountains, and only two hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is drawing more than weekenders and snowbirds. Throw in palm-lined streets, James Beard award-winning restaurants, midcentury architecture, and modern housing communities for the […]

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Modernism Week Takes to the High Seas! Get Your Passport Ready: Modernism Goes Mediterranean in 2019

First-Ever Modernism Week Cruise Will Provide Participants with Opportunities to See Stunning Mediterranean Modernist Structures 

Modernism Week’s CEO Chris Mobley

Modernism Week announced that it has partnered with Oceania Cruises to offer the first-ever ModernismWeek@Sea educational excursion on Oceania’s Marina. This 7-day cruise, hosted by Modernism Week’s CEO Chris Mobley, will visit eight culturally significant Mediterranean ports that demonstrate how modern influences in architecture and design have been artfully folded into these sometimes ancient cities. The cruise participants will explore Spain, France and Monaco through special Modernism Week-curated tours and parties. ModernismWeek@Sea is an enriching custom-curated travel experience centered […]

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Palm Springs Opera Guild's Opera in the Park Returns for 20th Anniversary!

Last year’s singers, left to right: Ricardo Garcia, Guadalupe Paz, Ben Lowe, Amina Edris, Madison Leonard, Joshua Wheeker, Jacquelynne Fontaine and Marcus Klotz

Palm Springs Opera Guild, one of the longest-standing cultural institutions in the Coachella Valley, will host the 20th Anniversary Opera in the Park on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 1 – 4 pm at Sunrise Park in Palm Springs (located at 2000 East Ramon Road). This popular free event regularly attracts more than 5000 attendees, who will be treated to performances by eight career-ready singers accompanied by a professional orchestra.  The concert will feature eight career-ready […]

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High Fashion Comes to the Desert—Fashion Week El Paseo, March 17 - 24th!

Scenes from El Paseo

It’s that time of year, kiddos. That week when metropolitan glamour and cutting edge design descend on Greater Palm Springs. When you’ll never know who you might end up sitting next to, or what in the world they might be wearing! This year’s Fashion Week El Paseo, the largest consumer fashion show on the West Coast, will be held March 17-24, 2018 at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. Tickets and packages may be purchased here.

This premier fashion event, presented by Franklin Loan Center, offers a platform for both renowned and emerging designers to showcase […]

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Modernism Week Runs Through Feb. 25th—Here's Our Top Picks for What to See and Do!

Modernism Week, the ultimate celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture, kicked off February 15th and runs through February 25th, so if you haven’t attended any of the events yet—there’s still time! Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture right here in Palm Springs. Enjoy more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer […]

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Seventh Edition of Art Palm Springs Returns: February 15th - 19th + 2018 Artists of the Year!

Ariel Varxassal, Jorge Mendez Gallery

Get ready for the seventh edition of Art Palm Springs—February 15 – 19, 2018!

Art Palm Springs is the premier art fair in the Southwest presenting post-war and contemporary art. The seventh annual edition will bring nearly 80 galleries from Asia, North and South America, and Europe, that represent more than 300 artists, and brings a world of art to the Palm Springs Convention Center. The increasingly popular fair has more than doubled the number of attending galleries since launching from just over 30 in 2013 to over 60 in 2017, drawing thousands of art buyers and […]

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