It is in the spirit of solidarity that we celebrate what it means to be a member of this beautiful community, to remember those we have lost, and to look towards the future and what it holds for LGBTQ people worldwide.
We invite you to come together in celebration and use the platform that Pride provides to raise awareness of key issues in our community including immigration reform, access to education, insurance, and health care, trans* rights (transgender and gender nonconforming people), rights for incarcerated LGBT individuals and religious discrimination against LGBT individuals.
As a unified community we mourn the loss of those to crimes of hate and our hearts break for the forty-nine lives lost in Orlando. We stand in solidarity and through Pride around the world we give a voice to the power of self-expression, inclusiveness, and love.]]>
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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.
Buy Tickets Proceeds from the reception will support the Pride organization’s efforts to foster Pride in and respect for the region’s LGBT communities.
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.]]>
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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