About Us

Using our individual lived experiences and collective power, we strive to nurture and support our community.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to create a vibrant community of love and support that stretches beyond our Center’s doors, where we strive to meet all members of the LGBTQ community where they are and provide them the services they need to thrive.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an open and welcoming environment for all members of the LGBTQ family. Through the use of our individual lived experiences and collective power, we host community events, assistance programs, and various other forms of support in our efforts to create a loving community where everyone belongs.

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Our Values

Integrity: We do what’s right and stand by our values to support and provide assistance to our LGBTQ Community.

Equity: Any and all are welcome at The Center. Caring for our community is of utmost priority, and we will never deny assistance to whomever comes through our doors.

Joy: Our community’s happiness is our happiness. We find joy in building the LGBTQ community up and we strive to deliver that joy in every aspect at The Center.

Our History

1998

We began as Prime Timers of the Desert, a 501(c)(7) non-profit and social club of mature gay and bisexual men in Palm Springs, CA.

2005

We changed our name to Golden Rainbow Senior Center and moved into a one-room center that offered a few programs for seniors and a friendly, accepting place to gather in Cathedral City, CA.

2010

Golden Rainbow Senior Center joined forces with SAGE and was renamed Golden Rainbow Center – SAGE at Palm Springs.

2011

The Community Food Bank at The Center registered with FIND Food Bank, expanding its reach and capabilities.

2012

Golden Rainbow Center – SAGE renamed LGBT Community Center of the Desert.

2016

We moved to our current location in Palm Springs and opened the Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic at The Center in memory of former Rancho Mirage City Councilman/Mayor Scott Hines. We also partnered with Alianza to organize the First Annual Eastern Coachella Valley Pride festival in Coachella, CA.

2020

The Center’s name was amended to LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert.

2021

The Center expanded and opened our Coachella satellite office in the former Coachella City Hall.

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