The Greater Palm Springs Pride nonprofit organization announced, on April 15, results from its annual economic impact review of the Pride Week celebration in November 2015. Data from attendees participating in official events including the Pride Festival and Pride Parade reveals that the 2015 human rights and cultural tourism celebration generated over $22 million dollars of organization and audience expenditures in the region. The impact increased from $20 million in 2014.
Named as one of the “Best 11 Gay Pride Festival Trips on the Planet” by Jetsetter Magazine in 2015, attendance at more than two dozen official Palm Springs Pride events passed 130,000. In addition to direct spending by attendees at events and parties, tourism revenue was generated from lodging, transportation, retail shopping, and restaurants.
The Pride organization’s year-round marketing efforts coupled with those of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism and the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau reinforce the first weekend of November in Palm Springs as a destination location to travelers around the world. Core attendance figures are fueled by locals, day visitors and tourists from drive markets. In 2015, the celebration also played host to visitors from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Germany and Australia.
“Pride Week is a time when the City of Palm Springs is showcased as a diverse and supportive community,” said Ron deHarte, president of Greater Palm Springs Pride. “Our vibrant LGBT community, allies and visitors from around the world relish the inclusivity of Pride Week.”
Pride Week’s November festival is a multi-day celebration of diversity, inclusivity, art, fashion and culture. The twenty-five official events in 2015 included the GQ Goes West fashion show, Broadway in Drag Pageant, multiple pool parties, Dyke March, L-Fund Women’s Dance, Arenas Rd. Block Party, a two-day festival, and the Pride parade.
The City of Palm Springs has been home to Pride events since 1986 and has played a significant role supporting Pride since the parade was first moved to Palm Canyon Dr. in 1997. The Pride Week celebration of equality, diversity and unity, is the single largest civic LGBT event in Palm Springs.
Pride Week 2016 is scheduled for November 1-6. Key events will include the November 1 George Zander Candle Light Vigil and March in memory of all victims of hate crimes, the Pride Parade on November 6 and the two-day Pride Festival on November 5 and 6. The three events are featured highlights of Palm Springs Pride Week.
For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit www.pspride.org and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palmsprings.pride.
About Greater Palm Springs Pride:
Greater Palm Springs Pride (pspride.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community enhancement organization established to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the LGBT community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, the organization continues to serve as a catalyst for celebrating the strength, equality, dignity and self-determination of the LGBT community locally and globally. Programs of the organization include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Parade and Festival, the Community Pride Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, the Arenas Rd. Block Party, OUT PSP and the new Pet Pride Parade.]]>
The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee has announced that long-time Union Activist Dolores Huerta will be the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. In addition, State Senator Mark Leno (D-11th District) will be this year’s recipient of the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley.
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Dolores Huerta is an activist and labor leader who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. In the early 1950s, she completed a teaching degree at Delta Community College, part of the University of the Pacific. She briefly worked as an elementary school teacher. Huerta saw that her students, many of them children of farm workers, were living in poverty without enough food to eat or other basic necessities. To help, she became one of the founders of the Stockton chapter of the Community Services Organization (CSO). The CSO worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination.
To further her cause, Huerta created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960. Through the AWA, she lobbied politicians on many issues, including allowing migrant workers without U.S. citizenship to receive public assistance and pensions and creating Spanish-language voting ballots and driver’s tests. In 1962, she co-founded a workers’ union with Cesar Chavez, which was later known as the United Farm Workers (UFW).
This year’s recipient of the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley, State Senator Mark Leno was elected to the California Senate in 2008. He currently represents the 11th Senate District of California, and chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. He authored Senate Bill 572 which designates May 22 as Harvey Milk Day in California. During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, single-payer universal health care, improved transportation, renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians.
Opportunities to celebrate those who have championed social justice and equal rights with acclaimed civil rights activist Delores Huerta and Senator Mark Leno are to be cherished. The Harvey Milk Breakfast on May 20 is one of those not to be missed experiences. We expect 650 individuals including 100 high school students from throughout Coachella Valley to be a part of this inspirational morning.
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Greater Palm Springs Pride has opened the nomination process for the 2016 Coachella Valley Pride Honors Awards. Each year a slate of honorees are selected for their many contributions to the betterment of the greater LGBT Community. Palm Springs Pride seeks community support to find those most deserving of recognition.
To celebrate and to honor the legacy of George Zander the Palm Springs Pride organization has introduced the George W. Zander Social Justice Award.
The George W. Zander Social Justice Award honors individuals committed to the principles that promote human rights and social justice and have demonstrated leadership and the ability to organize and engage the community through advocacy on social justice issues.
Other awards are presented to individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have positively contributed to the LGBT community in numerous ways. Past honorees have included renowned photographer Michael Childers, community leader Lisa Middleton, celebrated author Dr. Ronnie Sanlo, feminist and activist, Ruth Debra; political activist and founder of the Imperial Court System, José Julio Sarria; creator of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker; Tom Bianchi, Christopher Rice, Cleve Jones, Metropolitan Community Church, Lambda Legal among many others. (photo by Bruce Howell. The 2015 Pride Honors Awards Honorees)
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You find a little of everything in our neighborhood “Best of Pride” winners. Whether it’s great food, outstanding service or a superior menu the Best of Pride favorite places to eat are also LGBT-supportive and socially conscious businesses.
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Greater Palm Springs Pride presents the prestigious Pride Honors Awards annually to individuals in order to recognize their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to the renowned photographer Michael Childers and human rights activists Melinda Tremaglio. Recognized for supporting the community for thirty-two years, the 2015 Organization of the Year is Great Autos of Yesteryear. Community leader and volunteer Lisa Middleton will be recognized with the Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award. Click Here to read More]]>
The annual publication allows advertisers to reach a highly sought aftermarket, while at the same time show their support for the LGBT community. Click for Ad Rates.
The guide includes details for all Official Pride events including the Festival and Parade. It’s a full size, full color, magazine including editorial content. An added benefit for advertisers is that readers of the Pride Guide typically hold on to it for weeks on end.
35,000 copies of the annual PRIDE Magazine plus an online version will be distributed throughout Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Las Vegas, and San Diego.
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