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Friday, 17 December 2021 22:21


Let’s be honest, how many times have you thought, “Oh, I had no idea there was a club or organization like this in the desert?” It has definitely happened to us here @ The Center. So why not have an event that features all the great groups, clubs, organizations, and things that the Coachella Valley has to offer in one spot? Drumroll please… It is time again for INFO-A-GO-GO!
The Center’s 5th Annual INFO-A-GO-GO will take place on Friday, January 28 from 3 PM - 6 PM at the Compass Rose Ballroom at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, and it’s a one stop shop for all things LGBTQ+ in the desert. A sort of Welcome Wagon for our snow-birds, new residents, retirees, as well as folks that have been here awhile, so that you can see all that our amazing community has to offer to get plugged-in and involved. So please mark your calendars and help us spread the word!
To add to the fun, January’s Center Social will also take place on this day at the Compass Rose Patio from 5 PM – 7 PM. Shout out to media partner KGAY106.5 for sponsoring. Join us!
Want to showcase your LGBTQ+ club, group, organization, and volunteer opportunities? Please click on this link to register: https://thecenterps.wufoo.com/forms/zif2dkl1iwqjp8/
*Registrations must be completed by January 14, 2022. Any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 760-281-2606
Published in Life Enrichment
Monday, 01 November 2021 22:40

Director of Communications


The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert


Position Title:                                 Director of Communications

Reports to:                                     Executive Director/CEO

Classification:                                 Full-time/Exempt

Term:                                               Ongoing

Compensation:                              $65K dependent on experience + comprehensive benefit program

Recruitment Date:                        November 1, 2021 until filled



Position Summary:

The Director of Communications will be a member of The Center’s senior leadership team and be responsible for all aspects of The Center’s strategic and day-to-day communications efforts. The director will develop and implement an org-wide strategic communications plan containing measurable goals and objectives, and oversee The Center’s brand and key messages across all communications channels including website, social media, press, content development, e-blasts, development and program campaigns.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead a comprehensive communications and marketing plan, including measurable goals and objectives based on a comprehensive analysis of Center offerings, resources, financials, internal and external stakeholders, and the results of our branding and digital enhancement initiative. 
  • Develop and maintain a marketing-communications calendar, coordinate communications functions and sources within The Center, and lead special projects, as applicable.
  • In collaboration with a consulting firm and key stakeholders, lead the ongoing implementation of new digital assets, messaging toolkit and other elements across all organizational communications.
  • Develop comms-related internal policy, protocol and procedural guidelines.
  • Provide oversight, guidance and leadership for the Digital Content Manager.  
  • Oversee and coordinate all communications outputs including digital media (web, email, social media, video previews), direct mail, onsite communications (signage, multimedia), advertising (print, radio, TV, online), etc.
  • Create a regular schedule to coordinate with and assist relevant internal departments on marketing-related matters to create necessary outputs and maximize results.
  • Establish media protocols and train board, staff and volunteers as necessary.
  • Plan and execute press outreach and campaigns including releases, strategic media placement and press conferences as needed. Prep ED/CEO and other leadership staff as needed. Manage all media relations to positive effect.  
  • In collaboration with other departments, increase Center-produced event visibility, strengthen attendance and participation in pre-identified programs and services, and increase Center membership program through targeted outreach. 
  • Develop a crisis communications plan; manage all breaking news situations.
  • Assess and continually transform website and web channels to achieve specific outcomes and maximize effectiveness.
  • Apply strong decision-making, creative-thinking, and problem-solving skills to successfully promote The Center’s mission, services, programs and events. 
  • Recruit, train, and schedule marketing and communication volunteers including brand ambassadors, bloggers, photographers, graphic designers, video producers, and researchers.
  • Seek pro-bono services in branding, marketing, advertising, social media and public relations.

Required Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor degree required with concentration in marketing, communications or business preferred. Other majors, such as Journalism also accepted or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum five (5) years of related experience in marketing or communications, ideally with a non-profit and/or human/social services provider. 
  • Management experience, including budget creation and analysis, and staff supervision.
  • Commitment to inclusive, multi-cultural programming; prior experience working with and in coalition with diverse LGBTQ and/or BIPOC communities with an understanding of intersectional oppressions.
  • Knowledge of the latest technology and communications vehicles.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic and collaborative environment.
  • Extremely organized with high attention to detail and ability to be self-directed; works well under pressure and moves quickly from task to task.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues, needs and interests of LGBTQ youth, adults, families and community, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender and nonbinary identity and issues.
  • A strong commitment to the mission and work of The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert.
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English desired.


To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest and applicable skills along with a CV/resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in Misc
Sunday, 26 September 2021 19:34

Resource Links 2021

Indio Senior Center


Desert LGBT Organizations
AIDS Assistance Program (AAP)
Coachella Valley Couples Club
Desert AIDS Project
Desert Business Association
Desert Gay Tourism Guild
Desert Outreach Foundation
Desert Winds Freedom Band
Get Tested Coachella Valley
Jewish Federation of Palm Springs & the Desert Area
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Palm Springs/Desert Communities Chapter of PFLAG
Palm Springs Frontrunners & Walkers
Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
PALS in the Desert
PS Pozabilities
Prime Timers of the Desert
Stonewall Golfers

Other Resources

Advocate Money Minute
American Veterans for Equal Rights
Al-Anon in the Desert
California Smokers Helpline
Equality California
Freedom to Marry
Home Safety for Seniors
Human Rights Campaign
Legal Aid Association of California
Gay Gull National Gay News
Desert Mediation Group
The Jewish Family Services of the Desert
Senior Services & Organizations
Coachella Valley Affordable Housing
Desert Hot Springs Senior Center
Elder Abuse
Indio Senior Center
Inland Counties Legal Services
Joslyn Senior Center
La Quinta Senior Center
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - Senior Program
Mizell Senior Center
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Riverside County Office on Aging
SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
Social Security Administration
US Government Senior Resources
White House Conference on Aging
Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability
and Special Needs
Lucy and Gail
Meth Addiction Treatment
National Association of LGBT Community Centers
Spectrum LGBT Center
Voice Modification for People in the Transgender Community
Nursing Home Abuse and LGBT
Published in About
Friday, 14 September 2018 16:23

Gay Entertainment Directory

Your LGBT Media Source in the West! * PRINT * DIGITAL * WEB * SOCIAL MEDIA * EVENTS *



Published in Media Partners
Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:31

Center Social

Hi friends! Mark your calendars and join us at the Compass Rose Patio at Margaritaville Resort on Friday, January 28, from 5:30 PM - 7 PM, for our monthly Center Social! Look forward to friendship, connection, and a tasty happy hour.

A shout out to our media partner KGAY for sponsoring!


Published in Social & Fun
Tuesday, 17 August 2021 20:53

Center Stage 2021


Center Stage 2021

Join us at Center Stage* as we celebrate 20 years of The Center and honor our incredible team of volunteers who help LGBTQ people along their way each and every day! We are also thrilled to announce The Center's 2021 Legacy Award will be awarded to Mayor Pro Tem of Palm Springs and Center Board Member, Lisa Middleton! Lisa is a long-time champion of The Center and works tirelessly to advance the cause of our diverse LGBTQ community across the Coachella Valley.

For this year’s event, we are moving away from a traditional indoor ballroom setting to provide you and our guests a more comfortable open-air experience, including outdoor cocktails, entertainment, a seated dinner and live auction. 

With the opening of our new LGBTQ Center space in Coachella and the expansion of our Scott Hines Behavioral Health Clinic in Palm Springs, we are thrilled to grow our capacity to serve more people, and to have created the kind of welcoming, well-appointed space our community deserves, all with your generous help!

WE ARE SOLD OUT! Visit the FAQs right below.




Thank You to Our 2021 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor 
Premier Sponsors
Marquee Sponsors
Red Carpet Sponsors
Star Sponsors

Inkind Sponsors
Media Partners
Published in Misc
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 12:09

We're Here For You


Watch We’re Here For You!


In this time of physical distance and social isolation, we desperately want to shout from the mountain tops: “We’re Here for You! You are not alone – meaningful connection is waiting for you, right around the corner @ The Center!” We live it daily to meet our mission of “helping LGBTQ people along their way.

Beloved community is the home we want every LGBTQ person to experience. So, we are launching We’re Here for You, our video storytelling project to reach our community - our virtual version of shouting from the mountain tops. Every week from October 7th through November 11th, we’ll be premiering a new video in our newsletters and on social media to let folks know how we’re wrapping our virtual arms around the people who need connection most.

Help us make these virtual connections viral by sharing with your friends, and your much-loved community. During this really challenging time, you might be the conduit to connect someone to our programs, to our expanded work across Coachella Valley, and maybe help someone find a friend for a lifetime.

We’re Here for You and together, we are creating vibrant community.


The Center’s Expansion


Community Food Bank @ The Center


Behavioral Health @ The Center


Social Caring & Pandemic Programming



Building & Sustaining Vibrant Community



The Center, Coachella




Just like we rely on our community’s help to meet our mission, we also need your help to produce these videos. Sign up to be a Producer, and your name or business logos will be listed by level below (with a link to your website). We’ll also list you in the credits at the end of each video.



 Executive Producers





 Associate Producers



 Line Producers



 Special Thanks

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Glendon is a retired clinical social worker Smith College School For Social Work) whose private practice included intensive work with children, families, couples and trauma victims. He is also a trained mediator and parent coordinator.

Since his retirement and re-location from Massachusetts to Palm Springs, he has volunteered with Family Hospice Care (being with dying patients and their loved ones), the Riverside County Fire Department and the Palm Springs Air Museum (docent).

His professional training, clinical experience, the many deaths he has experiences in his personal life, and his training with the International End of Life Doula Association have prepared him to provide the integrity and empathy necessary to bring dignity, meaning and spiritual comfort to the end of life experience.



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Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:13

Heslin Cinematic

I started my video production business here in Palm Springs, CA because I have found there are so many stories to tell. I have been telling visual stories from a very young age.

When I was around 12, my best friend Mike and I “borrowed” my mom’s video camera. I can remember creating a skit where Mike would stand in the living room and pretend to learn how to juggle. We were careful to make sure that the bean bags he was juggling would go out of the top of the frame. We would make him freeze in a certain position and I would cut the camera. I’d run into frame and grab the bean bag out of the shot while he was still frozen, and then we would then start the camera back up again and he would pretend to be bewildered at where the bean bag could have gone. We’d repeat this until at one point when I started the camera I tossed all the bean bags into frame as if they all came out of nowhere. When I showed it to my family, they loved it and wanted me to make more. I haven’t stopped.

It was silly kids playing with new technology, but as I went to college much later to study film I realized we weren’t so silly after all. We were playing with story structure, framing, comedic timing, etc.

Today I would still consider myself at heart a silly kid playing with new technology. I’m still constantly fascinated with new and innovative ways of telling stories. I love playing with new gear as it becomes available. And I still love the joy that comes from an audience watching something I create.


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Monday, 19 August 2019 18:19


CHANNEL Q is Giving Everyone A Voice

CHANNEL Q is an innovative media destination built for and by the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. We strive to offer exceptional programming that will entertain, inform and inspire our listeners by giving everyone a voice. 

Your new radio home for LGBTQ news, talk and new music. Listen anywhere, anytime on the Radio.com app!




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  • The LGBTQ Community Center of The Desert

    The McDonald/Wright Building

    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
    EIN # 33-0937301

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