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Greater Palm Springs Pride announced today the recipients of its 2016 Pride Honors Awards. The prestigious Pride Honors are presented 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. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on October 7, 2016, at the Hyatt Palm Springs.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to an advocate for women’s studies in higher education and champion of gender equality Dr. Diane Ross, community leader and LGBT rights advocate Randy Lowe, and actor, designer and female impersonator William Perez also known as Bijou. Acknowledged for supporting lesbians in crisis, the 2016 Advocate of the Year is The L-Fund and founders Barbara Carpenter, Ruth Debra, Sharon Siegel, and Kate Ullman.
Recognizing that positive accomplishments of young LGBT leaders are vital to the success of the LGBT community as a whole, the Emerging Leaders Award is presented to transgender activist Paulina Angel. Kate Kendell, who has served as leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights for twenty years and is committed to principles that promote human rights and social justice is the inaugural recipient of The George Zander Social Justice Award.
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will be honored as the Organization of the Year, and on the 30th Anniversary of Pride in the Coachella Valley, the former presidents of Palm Springs Pride will be recognized with the Spirit of Pride Award for advancing equality, promoting diversity and celebrating the strength and talent of the LGBT community. Those recognized posthumously include Bob Hoven, president 1986-1987, Dr. Barry Woods, chairman 1988, and Dr. Herb Lazenby, chairman 1989. Recipients include Greg Pettis, chairman 1990-91, Richard Black, president 1993-1996, C.J. Pino, president 1997-1998, James J. Suguitan, president 1999, and Jack Schloeder, president 2000-2010.
The 2016 Friend of Pride Award will be presented to business and community leaders who have stalwartly supported the LGBT community Barbara and Jerry Keller, and community leader and volunteer Jeff Hocker will be recognized with the Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award. Author of Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son Lori Duron will be the 2016 Spirit of Stonewall Special Guest.
Grand Marshals for the 2016 Pride Parade will be announced in the weeks ahead.
PRIDE HONORS AWARDS October 7, 2016 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
The prestigious Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards are presented annually to individuals to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards reception will take place October 7, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Hyatt Palm Springs located at 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
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ABOUT GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE
Greater Palm Springs Pride (www.pspride.org) is a nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community. Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since the first Coachella Valley Pride event was held in 1986.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization brings together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through its programs which include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, OUT PSP a food and drink event, the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, the unique Pet Pride Parade, and the downtown Arenas Rd. Block Party.
For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit www.pspride.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palmsprings.pride. The 2016 Palm Springs Pride Week is scheduled for November 1-6, 2016.
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Coachella Valley high school students and members of Safe Schools Desert Cities were the balloon handlers and marched in the parade with us.]]>
The city is now the first in the nation to officially support this act. It is all part of the city’s effort to ensure fully inclusive civil rights and protections to the LGBT community. The Equality Act of 2015 is a bill in the United States House of Representatives and the Senate that, if passed, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in employment areas, housing, public accommodations, public education, and federal funding.]]>
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.]]>
A Vigil for the Orlando Victims of the horrific attack on the LGBT club Pulse will be held this evening June 12, at 6:30 pm on Arenas Road between Indian Canyon and Calle Encilia, announced Mike Thompson, CEO.
“Not only are we shocked and saddened by this attack on not only our LGBT brothers and sisters, but all Americans. As we gather this evening to express our solidarity and sadness, we calling for an end to the hatred that is being expressed by politicians and others that are seeking to divide, rather than united us,” said Thompson. “Religious, racial, and anti-LGBT hatred must stop.”
With this news of 50 people dead, and more wounded, June 12 will be forever etched in our communities’ history as a day of grief. Greater Palm Springs Pride stands with The LGBT Center of the Desert, Mayor Robert Moon, along with all our city leaders, and many allies across the country in expressing our deep sadness at this horrific event.]]>
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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Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest-running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California. A diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is like no place else – Palm Springs Pride.
Palm Springs Pride is scheduled for November 6-8, 2015.]]>
Come celebrate and march in the Palm Springs Pride Parade. You will need to make your own “Just Married” or other celebratory sign to carry and go to the parade staging area by 9:00am on Nov 3 (Meet at the corner of Baristo and Palm Canyon Dr). You will walk behind the 300’ Rainbow flag. Free to participate. Join us!
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