Gay Desert Hot Springs

Let me tell you, this is one great organization. Introducing The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert

Posted on August 23, 2022

At the Center, our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all members of our vibrant LGBTQ community. Come join us at The Center, a space where you can belong and be unconditionally you.

About Us

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

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CEO of The Center making an exciting announcement at a podium

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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a person wearing sunglasses and decorated in pride gear smiling

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.

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August 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Prostate Cancer Support Group (Hybrid)

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

This group is intended for all men from the recently diagnosed to the survivors and is facilitated by a gay man who is also a Prostate Cancer Survivor.

TUE23

August 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Women Like Us Support Group

Scott Hines Behavioral Health Clinic 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 2nd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

A therapeutic support group for self-identified women who love women.

TUE23

August 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Trans Tuesdays

Virtual Via Zoom

Trans Tuesdays has transitioned to a confidential, HIPAA-compliant online Zoom meeting. Meeting will be conducted as a whole group. Significant others and family are welcome.

WED24

Pinochle at The Center

August 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Open-Play Bridge

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Come have some fun and enjoy playing Bridge in a casual and safe environment!

WED24

August 24 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Knit Together

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

This Social/Fun space hosted by Doug Morris and sponsored by The Perfect Purl provides a social and sharing platform for a community of fiber enthusiasts.

WED24

August 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

LGBTQ+ Youth Hangout

The Center Eastern Coachella Valley 1515 Sixth Street, Coachella, CA

If you’re between the ages of 14-20 and need a safe space to connect with other LGBTQ+ youth, drop on by for a minute or longer.

WED24

August 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

LGBTQ+ and Friends – Narcotics Anonymous

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

The LGBTQ+ Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who are learning to live without drugs. Narcotics Anonymous meetings provide an atmosphere of recovery where individuals can share their common problem and solutions.

Free

THU25

August 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am 

Welcoming Yoga

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Yoga has the ability to meet us where we are in the moment, in bodies and minds. We will strive to let go and rediscover a sense of wholeness, taking a break from constantly trying to fit our pieces together. 

$80 – $100

THU25

August 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

Women’s Chat Group (Virtual)

Virtual Via Zoom

Inspiring Friendships. This chat group is for all women (no matter how you identify) to discuss topics of interest and find connection.

THU25

August 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

LGBTQ+ and Friends Al-Anon

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

The LGBTQ+ and Friends Al-Anon program is designed to help those people who have been impacted by the alcoholism of a loved one. Al-Anon reinforces that no situation is really hopeless and that it is possible to find contentment, and even happiness, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.

THU25

August 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills

Virtual Via Zoom

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills teaches 4 skills modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. 

THU25

August 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Community Food Bank Distribution

The Community Food Bank at The Center 610 South Belardo Rd., Palm Spring, CA

The Center is dedicated serving local families/residents experiencing food security regardless of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age religion, political persuasion, national origin, disability, and/or covered veteran status. 

Free

FRI26

August 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am 

Men’s Chat Group

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Come join us and discuss a variety of topics from love, sex, current events and politics.

FRI26

August 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Men’s Chat Group (Virtual)

Virtual Via Zoom

Come join us and discuss a variety of topics from love, sex, current events and politics.

FRI26

August 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Who Cares: Caregiver Support Group

Virtual Via Zoom

Who Cares? is a peer-led support group for those who are caring for their loved ones. As unpaid caregivers, you can gain support from peers and know that we are here and that we care!

SAT27

August 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Private Event

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Private Event hosted at The Center

SAT27

August 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

Ukulele Beginners

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Designed for beginners, those with no previous music experience.

SAT27

August 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Ukulele Intermediate

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Designed Intermediate/Advance Ukulele players, or those with previous music experience.

SUN28

The Center Fresh Fire Ministries

August 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Fresh Fire Ministries

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Private event hosted by Fresh Fire Ministries. Please check organizer information for details or inquiries.

Free

MON29

Pinochle at The Center

August 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Open-Play Bridge

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Come have some fun and enjoy playing Bridge in a casual and safe environment!

MON29

August 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Knit Together

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

This Social/Fun space hosted by Doug Morris and sponsored by The Perfect Purl provides a social and sharing platform for a community of fiber enthusiasts.

MON29

Pinochle at The Center

August 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Pinochle

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Come have some fun and enjoy playing Pinochle in a casual and safe environment! 

MON29

August 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Bereavement Therapy Group

Virtual Via Zoom

This closed-session group is for those who have lost a loved one and want assistance in dealing with their loss and to talk with others who understand what they are going through.

TUE30

August 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am 

Welcoming Yoga

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Yoga has the ability to meet us where we are in the moment, in bodies and minds. We will strive to let go and rediscover a sense of wholeness, taking a break from constantly trying to fit our pieces together. 

$80 – $100

TUE30

August 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Women Like Us Support Group

Scott Hines Behavioral Health Clinic 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 2nd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

A therapeutic support group for self-identified women who love women.

TUE30

August 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Trans Tuesdays

Virtual Via Zoom

Trans Tuesdays has transitioned to a confidential, HIPAA-compliant online Zoom meeting. Meeting will be conducted as a whole group. Significant others and family are welcome.

WED31

Pinochle at The Center

August 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Open-Play Bridge

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

Come have some fun and enjoy playing Bridge in a casual and safe environment!

WED31

August 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Knit Together

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

This Social/Fun space hosted by Doug Morris and sponsored by The Perfect Purl provides a social and sharing platform for a community of fiber enthusiasts.

WED31

August 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

LGBTQ+ Youth Hangout

The Center Eastern Coachella Valley 1515 Sixth Street, Coachella, CA

If you’re between the ages of 14-20 and need a safe space to connect with other LGBTQ+ youth, drop on by for a minute or longer.

WED31

August 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

LGBTQ+ and Friends – Narcotics Anonymous

The Center McDonald/Wright Building 1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor, Palm Springs, CA

The LGBTQ+ Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who are learning to live without drugs. Narcotics Anonymous meetings provide an atmosphere of recovery where individuals can share their common problem and solutions.