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Jeffery Sanker Announces ICON Awards

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In celebration of his 25th Anniversary, White Party Founder and Producer Jeffrey Sanker has created the WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARDS. These awards recognize a select group whose unique and varied achievements have stood out and best embody the spirit of White Party.  

“We are thrilled to present our special Icon Awards to individuals who have exemplified White Party’s defining principles of unity & celebration, commitment to excellence and leading edge creativity,” said Sanker.  “I look forward to presenting those attending recipients their awards on the White Carpet at this year’s Saturday main event.” 

WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:

ARTIST:

Carmen Electra- Artist, Activist

Cher- Pioneer for LGBT Community; Activist

Jai Rodriguez- Actor, Activist

Kathy Griffin- Comedienne, Philanthropist, Activist

Lady Gaga- Pioneer for LGBT Community, Philanthropist, Activist

Lance Bass- Actor, Activist

 

PHILANTHROPIST:

Aaron Walton- Philanthropist, Activist

Bryan Singer- Director, Activist

David Cooley- Founder of Abbey, Philanthropist

Fred Arens & Jason Duguay- Philanthropist, Activist

Roland Emmerich- Director, Philanthropist

Sir Elton John & David Furnish- Philanthropist, Activist

 

ACTIVIST:

Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley- NoH8 Campaign, Activist

Bruce Vilanch- Actor, Writer, Activist

Lisa Vanderpump- Reality Star, Activist

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo- Prop 8 Activists

Ron Oden- Former Mayor of PS, Activist

Ronnie Kroell- Activist

Todd Saporito- Philanthropist, Activist

 

PIONEER:

Andy Cohen- BRAVO TV personality, Activist

Candis Cayne- Pioneer of LGBT Community, Activist

David Stern- Former Publisher of Frontiers, Activist

DJ Abel Aguilera- Deejay, Activist

Reza Farahan – BRAVO TV personality, Pioneer of LGBT Community

 

Congratulations to all WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARDS recipients!

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Sanker announced this year’s 25th Anniversary plans include a completely redesigned White Party, boasting the most innovative and elaborate video displays ever experienced. Chart-topping remix production team BENT COLLECTIVE (Danny Verde & Steven Redant) will also make their live DJ performance debut.  And media sponsor SiriusXM is on board to broadcast on-site from the Convention Center White Carpet for this historic event.

White Party will also offer lots of new photo opportunities, such as Instagram “selfie moments” and a special photo set up where groups can get instant pics emailed for free. 

Additionally, to benefit DESERT AIDS PROJECT and fund raising auction efforts, Sanker has enlisted the talents of internationally recognized conceptual photographer Duke Shoman to create beautiful, striking photographic tableaus.  In keeping with the WPPS 25th “Silver Anniversary” theme, a sleek, sexy and modern chamber of shining, brilliant silver will be the setting that stars and VIP guest will step into – following their arrival on the White Carpet – to commemorate this twenty-five year milestone. 

The following afternoon, at the Sunday T-Dance, you can double your pleasure with two giant 100 foot high Ferris wheels, and the day will culminate with the biggest fireworks display in White Party history, choreographed to the music of DJ/Producer Wayne G.

Sanker also revealed the exciting new addition of Uber as the official transportation provider for White Party.  Why drive when you can Uber?  Services will be available all weekend long for White Party attendees.  Uber lounge stations will be set up at White Party locations manned by special Uber concierges.  Uber will also have stretch limos for White Party guests to get around in style.  New users can download the app and enter the code WP25 for a free first ride!  Sign up at: www.uber.com/GO/WP25.   Both new and existing users can also enter the code whiteparty to unlock a flat rate from LA to Palm Springs and back! 

White Party Palm Springs is the largest gay dance music festival in the world, celebrating its 25th Anniversary April 25-28, 2014.  For more information, hotel reservations and tickets, visit:  www.jeffreysanker.com

Palm Springs November Fun


Leather Pride will once again be held the
2nd weekend
in November following the Greater
Palm Springs Pride Festival
so that
guests who
wish to may bookend their vacation to
Palm Springs and enjoy BOTH 
celebrations. 

GET A ROOM NOW  at  INNdulge

DesertLeatherPride  info       Nov  7-11
Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival      Nov 2-3



SPRING in Palm Spings

FALL in Beautiful Palm Springs

Gay Palm Springs is getting ready for fall fun!

 It starts with Halloween, which is on a Wednesday 31st this year. 
The city
celebrates Pride the following Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4. 
And Leather
Desert Pride
follows the next weekend, November 8-11.

For Halloween, a street party and costume contest takes place on Arenas
Road, the Castro Street of Palm Springs. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.
hosted by Palm Springs drag celebrity Bella Da Ball. Drag performer “Nicky,”
as Carol Channing, hosts the 8-10 p.m. costume contest.

Palm Springs Pride starts on Pride eve with the Broadway in
Drag pageant on Friday, November 2, at 8 p.m. at the Palm Canyon Theatre. The
Pride festival is on Saturday and Sunday. Arenas Road will host a block party
on Saturday night, November 5, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Coinciding with Pride, the
2012 AIDS Walk will celebrate its 25th year on Sunday, November 4, at 8:30 a.m.
and will join with the Pride Parade, which heads down Palm Canyon Drive
starting at 10 a.m.


Desert Leather Pride
begins on Thursday, November 8, with a
meet and greet event at Hunter’s Nightclub. The event will be packed with
activities all weekend. The Palm Springs Convention Hall will host the Mr. Palm
Springs Leather contest from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.

read more  at Bay Area Reporter

Gay Jazz Artist Dave Koz Brings Christmas Tour To Palm Desert December 12th

COMING OUT,
DOES NOT HURT ONES CAREER,

contrary to popular belief!
Just ask Dave Koz.

When he came out in The Advocate in 2004, Dave Koz instantly expanded his already large fan base and shattered a lot of myths about gay men and music.

In a career that spans twenty years and a dozen albums, saxophonist Dave Koz has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. But for as noteworthy as his body of recorded work and as entertaining his live performances and other past accomplishments might be, Koz finds himself in an era of dramatic and sweeping change where everything once taken for granted is suddenly up for grabs. For Koz – and for all of us in this first decade of the new century – it’s a new day, full of new challenges and opportunities, and new rules that are still being written.

Koz embraces this era of change – and even the uncertainty that comes with it – on Hello Tomorrow, his debut on Concord Records  (released on October 12, 2010. “Put The Top Down,” the breezy lead single from the  album, rocketed to #1 at Radio after just three weeks!). Produced by Grammy winners John Burk and Marcus Miller (who also appears on most tracks), the album features a diverse army of high-profile guests: Herb Alpert, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., Boney James, Jeff Lorber, Keb’ Mo’, Ray Parker, Jr., Lee Ritenour, Christian Scott and others. Each of the thirteen tracks – most of them written by Koz and his collaborators, others penned by friends and legends – focuses on being open to new beginnings, and trusting that the future is unfolding in all the right ways for all the right reasons.

Looking back on the Advocate Coming Out interview, he says, “I think everyone makes that leap at the right time in their own lives—there is no absolute rule, and thus I tend to shy away from giving anyone else advice on how to do this. In my own experience however, I never had a master plan to come out…that moment shocked me when it came—I sort of knew it instinctively and I said to myself, “It’s time”. Up until that point it was something I was either too worried, or too freaked out to do. I wasn’t willing to risk it…but then something surprising happened.

I was doing an interview for another gay publication—and the interviewer initially said it was just to speak on the music, no personal questions. His editors had a different agenda and he came back to me saying that in order for the article to run I would have to address my sexuality. Well, I noticed the way this information made me feel…and for the first time ever, it didn’t scare the &*%# out of me! I went to my managers with the idea of coming out—they were super supportive, having helped Melissa Etheridge along her journey. But they said if you’re going to do it, do it with The Advocate. And that’s exactly what happened—a few months later, just about in sync with my turning 40, it was done. This little piece of information that I’d been guarding so preciously all my adult life was finally out there for the world to see. Of course at the time I was freaking out…but I haven’t looked back since. By far, the very best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

LAST  WEEK, Dave added his effort to the Dan Savage It Get’s Better Project. You can watch his video and listen to his growing up gay story . And he reveals how his music got him through the struggles of growing up gay. Music – and more specifically, the saxophone – have been Koz’s primary survival tools since his childhood and adolescence in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.  “The saxophone became my best friend, my most trusted ally, because it enabled me to communicate feelings that I didn’t have the words for. In many ways, it saved my life.”

 

This is shows 13th Anniversary! And this year’s run will feature special guests South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler, keyboardist Brian Culbertson and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. It will mark Dulfer’s first tour with Koz while Butler and Culbertson are back by popular demand. 

The artists will perform hits from their respective catalogues and join together on a variety of holiday standards for an inspirational, high-energy show that has become a cherished tradition for many fans. The tour will take them from coast to coast and include three Los Angeles area shows (December 17th & 18th at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and December 19th at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live). The festivities will conclude with a show at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts on December 20th.

DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS… A SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS
   2010 TOUR  COMES TO     Palm Desert, CA 7:00pm
Dec. 12, 2010, McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts  !

“Holiday music is like comfort food – when you hear these songs, they transport you,” says Dave, who has three classic holiday albums to his credit (December Makes Me Feel This Way, A Smooth Jazz Christmas Dave Koz & Friends, Memories of a Winter’s Night). “It’s like when you smell a fresh apple pie, and it conjures up memories of your grandmother’s baking and all the traditions that make this such a special time of year.”

  Tickets for the Palm Desert show ON SALE NOW! 

DAVE KOZ online

Best Gay Palm Springs

Palm Springs Gay Pride November 6 and 7

2010 Greater
Palm Springs Pride Festival

Saturday & Sunday Nov. 6-7, 2010
10AM – 8PM Sat., 10AM – 6PM Sun.

Palm Springs Baseball Stadium

2010 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
Sunday Nov. 7, 2010 10AM

Known for its crystal blue skies, year-round sunshine, stunning landscape, palm tree lined streets and starry nights the City of Palm Springs comes alive during the annual pride celebration. The 24th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Palm Springs will be held over the weekend of November 6 and 7, 2010.

On Sunday, November 7 rainbow flags and glitter will fill the streets as the ever present Mount San Jacinto Mountains star in the most scenic pride parade in the world. The downtown parade steps off at 10am and travels along historic Palm Canyon Drive.

Only a rainbow mile from downtown, the unique two-day pride festival is held at the former spring training home of the California Angels and Chicago White Sox. On pride weekend, thousands take to the field with the baseball diamond serving as the gathering spot for friends and a celebration of diversity and unity. Complete with gay-owned and LGBT friendly companies, the festival includes music, dancing, food vendors, and booths staffed by local organizations.

With over 125 parade contingents, 100 exhibitors, and several entertainment venues, the Palm Springs Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the Greater Palm Springs area.

More  info  at  PS  PRIDE !

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Gay Palm Springs Summer Splash 2010

If you’ve never been to Palm Springs, California, now’s the time to discover America’s Great Gay Oasis! Long a favorite for Winter getaways, Palm Springs is fast becoming a Summer hot spot as well. Why? The answer is simple. Summer Deals and Summer Splash!

2010 marks the third year for Summer Splash! – the Palm Springs Summer Promotion sponsored by the Desert Gay Tourism Guild. The number of participating businesses is greater than ever before, and the line-up of special events and special offers is both vibrant and varied.

Discover amazing hotels deals (Like INNdulge 2nd Night Free !), special discounts from retailers and restaurants, savings on movies, Summer events and local attractions. There are even special airline discounts from American Airlines, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air and Westjet, and a great rental car offer from Enterprise Rent-A-Car!

New for Summer Splash! this year is the SPLASH PASS – a wallet-sized discount card that gets you special savings at area restaurants, retailers and other businesses, and discounted admission to many area attractions and special events. It’s the perfect addition to Summer Splash! The best part? The SPLASH PASS is absolutely FREE to everyone – valley visitors and residents alike!

Sound like fun? It is!
The party starts on June 1st, 2010, and continues all the way through September 30th, 2010.
Don’t miss it!

 

To find out more, visit Palm Springs Summer Splash , or go to Palm Springs Gay Info


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January is HOT in Palm Springs!




Happenings in January:


January 5-18 – Palm Springs International Film Festival
Palm Springs Film Fest


January 9-10 – Palm Springs Winter Softball Classic
Palm Springs Winter Classic


January 15 – Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson at The McCallum Theater
McCallum Theatre


January 15 – Lionel Richie at Fantasy Springs Casino
Fantasy Springs


January 15-17 – National Gay Pilots Association Winter Warm-Up
Gay Pilots


January 22-24 – STOMP at The McCallum Theater
McCallum Theatre


January 23 – Harry Connick Jr. at Fantasy Springs Casino
Fantasy Springs


January 29-31 – An Evening with Lily Tomlin at the McCallum Theater
McCallum Theatre



DEAL OF THE MONTH!~STAY WITH INNdulge
JANUARY SPECIAL: Wednesday Night FREE!

Wednesday Night is FREE during the month of January at
INNdulge Palm Springs! Minimum two night stay.

Better yet, Stay Seven Nights, and Get Two Free! Both
Wednesday Night and your Seventh Night are FREE !



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Happy Pride! celebrate Diversity!





















Wishing everyone a safe and HAPPY PRIDE!

From Best of Gay Palm Springs and Best Gay Cities




In Palm Springs –  Pride is celebrated in November.

2009 Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival
Saturday & Sunday Nov. 7-8, 2009
10AM – 8PM Sat., 10AM – 6PM Sun.

Palm Springs Baseball Stadium


2009 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
Sunday Nov. 8, 2009
10AM
– Steps off at Alejo Road moving south down historic Palm Canyon Drive to Ramon Road

Same Sex Kiss Day at Starbucks

 



Can I have a Double-Mocha fat-free….and a big  KISS??

This one-day event coincides with “Tax Day” to highlight the fact that “LGBT couples have yet to be granted the same rights to file our taxes jointly on a Federal level, and we can still be fired for being openly gay in the workplace. That’s why you’re encouraged to be seen on Tax Day, April 15, 2009, spreading your love with a KISS!”

 


Same Sex Kiss Day calls for couples to go to a neighborhood Starbucks coffee shop and during one (or all, if you wish) of four designated times throughout the day, exchange a kiss with your same sex partner or friend. The set times are at 7:15 am, 12:15 pm, 5:15 pm, and 8:15 pm.


Why Starbucks? Well according to the Same Sex Kiss Day  site, “Starbucks has been committed to LGBT rights since the beginning of time offering domestic partnership insurance, quoting gay artists on their coffee cups, and funding our gay pride parades.”

Hallmark  HAS NOT  created a card for this yet.

The Dinah Shore Parties and The White Party

 



3 HUGE  Parties  take  over 
Palm Springs in just a  couple weeks!



For the girls, 2 sets of parties – GIRL BAR does 19th Annual DINAH SHORE WEEK  April 1-5th  as well as CLUB SKIRTS THE DINAH!  Sunrise to sunset, non-stop events geared towards the lesbian community.

and  for the boys –  the 20th Annual WHITE PARTY PALM SPINGS  April 10 – 13th. Lady Gaga headlines this Easter  Weekend party. One of the crown jewels of the circuit party scene!



 Grab your cape and spring into action, beginning at 9pm and continuing until 5am. The time has come to join forces for the most incredible gathering the world has ever seen. 


Inside the Palm Springs Convention Center, heroes from all over the universe will converge for the biggest and most anticipated event of the weekend!  

Headlining DJs Tony Moran (NYC), Manny Lehman (LA) and Ana Paula (Brazil) deliver the surge of musical excitement as men of steel, boys of wonder and all sorts of amazing avengers invade the dance floor.


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Margaret Cho and ANT in Los Angeles for NO on H8 Benefit

 



 


 

 



366 N. La Cienega Blvd.     Los Angeles

 


The Ian Harvie Show is a comedy/talk show at Largo at the Coronet Theater Wednesday, December 10th at 8pm.

This benefit to fight on in the aftermath of the passage of shameful Proposition 8 is a night of comedy, with talented gay comics, including host Ian Harvie, Ant, Alec Mapa, Erin Foley, Jorja Fox and Margaret Cho, Leslie Jordan, and  Music by Jon Brion.

This will be a panel discussion with all of the guests about their best/worst/funniest holiday moments and traditions. to benefit Equality California.


Door proceeds go to EQ CA.        Ticket Info: $30   Buy Tickets

  Mario Lopez  is  going!  See who else is going on Facebook!



Desert AIDS Walk Palm Springs October 25th

       

Saturday  October  25th   7:30am registration – 9:30 am  walk begins

at  Frances  Stevens Park.


More information – Visit Desert Aids Project

National Coming Out Day October 11th



National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed on October 11 by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters.


 


The day was founded by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988, in celebration of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights one year earlier, in which 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC,  for gay and lesbian equality.

National Coming Out Day events are aimed at raising awareness of the LGBT community among the general populace in an effort to give a familiar face to the LGBT rights movement.



Despite its name, National Coming Out Day (so called because it originated as an event in the United States) is in fact observed in many countries, including Switzerland, Germany Canada and the United Kingdom. As of 2008 The Netherlands also has Coming Out Day on 10-11.


HRC RESOURCE GUIDES FOR COMING OUT


COMING OUT ON YOU TUBE


2008 LIST OF COMING OUT EVENTS AROUND THE US  Find out what’s going on in your area!

GAY DAYS DISNEYLAND ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA – JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY! October 3rd-5th

 


  

Just two weeks  away!  

30,000+  LGBT people set to invade Disneyland in Anaheim California! 

 


11th Annual GAY DAYS ANAHEIM 



Following last year’s event which attracted nearly 30,000 gays and lesbians from California and all over the country, this year’s Gay Days Anaheim will be held Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5, 2008.


 


 


Gay Days Anaheim is a “mix-in” with straight park-goers. –  Gays and lesbians are encouraged to wear red shirts to the parks to identify one another and show strong numbers. Official T-shirts are available at the official Gay Day at Disneyland Web site. –  or be creative and design your own!

 



Both days in the park will have gathering times for specific groups including gay youth (sponsored by The Trevor Project), families, women, singles, and bears. THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! There will be scavenger hunts and a group photo inside the park. A complete schedule is available at the web site.


 


The weekend opens Friday, October 3 with WONDERLAND, a dance party with DJ Ray Rhodes (Tiger Heat, KBIG 104), hosted by Los Angeles drag diva Momma. Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) will host the VIP room. The event, benefitting The Trevor Project, runs from 9:30pm–1am at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen located in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. Tickets are $15 at the door.


 


Saturday, will be Gay Day at Disneyland resort all day, which culminates with the famous  KINGDOM party, the weekend’s signature dance party with music from internationally renowned DJ Kimberly S. There will be special performances by Erin Hamilton (“Dreamweaver”), Shoshana Bean, and Matt Zarley. The event will be held at the House of Blues Anaheim in Downtown Disney from 9pm–1:30am. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.


 


 
Sunday, October 6 will be Gay Day at Disney’s California Adventure.



Other events during the weekend include free movie screenings at the Gay Days Entertainment Center presented by here! (located inside the Trillium Room of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel). Chad Allen will introduce his new film, “Ice Blues”, on Saturday night. Brad Rowe will be present his indie hit, “Shelter”, on Sunday night.


 



 


A limited number

of Discounted hotel rooms and park tickets
are  still available and currently offered at  Gay Days Anaheim
.

 



*Gay Days Anaheim is NOT a Disney-sponsored event so Disney will not have any information regarding this “unofficial” happening.

However, you can rest assured , Disney welcomes the LGBT community and has lots  of security on hand to make sure  we have fun and are not in any way harassed by straight park-goers.


It’s an awesome and empowering event!
And just a short ride (about 90 minutes) from Palm Springs!


For more information –

GAY DAYS ANAHEIM OFFICIAL SITE        Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau

New Gay Travel Guide