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About Us

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

Our Vision

Thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, living authentically in supportive inclusive communities.

Our Mission

Creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ+ people along their way.

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Strategic Initiatives

Ending Isolation & Loneliness

Connecting People to Services & Community

Enriching Our Individual & Collective Experiences

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 for our community is of utmost priority, and we will provide 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.

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About The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert (The Center):

With a Mission of Creating Vibrant Community by Helping LGBTQ+ People along Their Way, The Center’s work stretches across the Coachella Valley. From its Palm Springs McDonald Wright Building to The Center Coachella, the Scott Hines Behavioral Health Clinic to the Community Food Bank, the organization offers a wide range of programs and services. With a talented staff, a dedicated corps of volunteers, generous donors, and multi-race/multi-generational clients, The Center’s work is focused on Ending Isolation & Loneliness, Connecting People to Resources & Community, and Enriching Our Individual & Collective Experience.

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Our History


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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

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