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The energy changes; my body feels it. I open the back of the laptop, and a loose plastic bit falls out, and the fan works again. My laptop is back; Frontier has installed the fiber optic internet after four attempts in the last two months. The catalytic converter is installed in a day and is 1/2 of what I budgeted. I run into old friends I haven't seen for three years but have been thinking of. My partner's dad is recovering from the stroke and using a walker. Mom is doing much better and tells us to wait until it warms up a bit before coming to Michigan. I think about the movie Problemista and how life's challenges remake us. We cannot see the portrait of our lives, like a puzzle we gather its pieces day by day. Pieces of frustration, of joy, of anger, and of love. A living puzzle, in time, in 3D. Emotion and physical, this is a being.

My book Travels Into Discomfort is available on Amazon.

It is a travel adventure in its prose and a journey to the heart in its poetry.

Travels Into Discomfort

Businesses - Let's Support Our Community
Local Lesbian Hangouts - Cocktails & Dancing

The Roost

V Lounge

She/They Play

Community Bulletin Board 

Neon Glow Bowling

Sound Bath

Coming Out Party at the Joshua Tree Park Store

Coming Out Hike at Joshua Tree

Laurie Morvan at the Cascade Lounge

Grant Writer Wanted

Local Lesbian Authors and Books
Community Resources - Food, Medicare Counseling, Advocacy, Behavorial Health
Women's Music Festivals, Weekends, Travel etc.

Women's Weekend Russian River May 16th to 20th

48th National Women’s Music Festival June 20-23, 2024 Madison

Email me at gabriolakim@gmail.com if you want something posted on the bulletin board, or an event promoted.

Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

1, First Lady Jill Biden to Keynote Human Rights Campaign’s 2024 Los Angeles Dinner


2. NYC Web Designer & Developer Brenda Storer Shares Insight into Becoming A Background Actor


3. Our Conversation with Singer/Songwriter Carrington MacDuffie


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Women We Should Know

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859 – August 13, 1930) was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes, as demonstrated in her first major novel Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South. In addition, Hopkins is known for her significant contributions as editor for the Colored American Magazine, which was recognized as being among the first periodicals specifically celebrating African-American culture through short stories, essays and serial novels. She is also known to have had connections to other influential African Americans of the time, such as Booker T. Washington and William Wells Brown.

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930) • (blackpast.org)

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

The 15 Absolute Best Podcasts for Women, by Women (msn.com)

These Queer Shows Prove Lesbians Belong in All Genres (Duh!) (msn.com)

Why do LGBTQIA people struggle more with mental health problems? - (diva-magazine.com)

Meet Teddy Edwardes: the founder of LICK - (diva-magazine.com)

Who were the lovers of the Golden Age sapphic icon Mercedes de Acosta? - (diva-magazine.com)

For The Love of The Feminist Bookstore - GO Magazine

Night Court Brings Roz Back for Her Gay Happy Ending | Autostraddle

Your ‘Cowboy Carter’ Day Reading List Is Here! Giddy TF Up! | Autostraddle

Girls5eva's Paula Pell on season 3's lesbian 'Trampage' and finding her people (advocate.com)

Congrats to the 2024 Lambda Literary Award Finalists! | Autostraddle

Coachella Valley Derby Girls

Sat, Mar 30, 2024 , 7:30pm

Add to Calendar

Additional Dates

Sat, May 18, 2024, 7:30pm

Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 7:30pm

Sat, Sep 28, 2024, 7:30pm

Sat, Oct 19, 2024, 7:30pm


Palm Springs Air Museum

745 N Gene Autry Trl

Palm Springs, CA

(760) 778-6262





The season opener kicks off against Prison City Roller Derby from Chino California on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 PM.

Coachella Valley Derby Girls - Valley Voice Media Calendar (thepalmspringspost.com)


the LEGENDARY Women's Weekend in Palm Springs

April 5-6-7


The Dinah Shore Golf Tournament may be gone, but the LEGEND is still alive with a weekend full of fun events designed especially for the 40+ lesbian++ queer community!

Here’s a glimpse of the six extraordinary events— you can do one or DO THEM ALL! 

Palm Canyon Resort is the HOST HOTEL offering $200 rooms with Code DL24. (Rates will go up to standard rates once the code expires)

FRIDAY APRIL 5th, 9am-3pm


Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort in Palm Springs

desertlegends.net/golf (Or you can link straight to eventbrite

We are taking over the entire TAHQUITZ CREEK GOLF RESORT LEGEND course, and playing 18 holes, scramble with shotgun start.

Your $150 ticket includes green fee, golf cart, breakfast burrito, and award ceremony lunch. You don't have to be a golf pro to play, we're going to have a great time with some fun golf games with prizes like: The 5-Iron Only Hole, Longest Drive, Closest To The Pin and more! We will be selling Reverse Raffle Tickets, Mulligans, Raffles for Table Prizes, plus a Silent Auction. You can sign up as an individual, twosome, threesome, or foursome. Free range balls also provided for warm-up. 

GOLF CLUB RENTALS AVAILABLE for $55 (Includes sleeve of balls and tees) 

We will be honoring Caroline Haines at the luncheon with the annual Desert Legend Award. Caroline is founder and creator of the Lina Shore Golf Tournament she produced for 30 years, raising thousands of dollars for charities including Caring for Babies with Aids, Project Newhope, HRC and Susan G. Koman just to name a few.




FRIDAY APRIL 5th, 4pm-7pm


360 Sports at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs

Let's KICK IT OFF! We are taking over the entire 360 Lounge inside Agua Caliente casino for this fabulous schmooze fest which includes first drink free and delicious hors d'oeuvre buffet! Every attendee gets a goody bag and there will be a silent auction for a trip to Mexico! One free raffle ticket with each entry and lots of great prizes! Try the signature Red Bull Watermelon Margarita, our specialty drink!


Beef wagyu sliders with cheddar & bacon jam

Chicken flautas w/sour cream cilantro

Tri-color cauliflower w/spicy mayo 

Spicy wings with choice of sauce buttermilk, ranch, and crudite




FRIDAY APRIL 5th, 7pm-11pm 


Cascade Lounge at Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs

Get ready to be blown away at the Cascade Lounge! Corday and the full band present a rare presentation of Corday's original songs, including a riveting song on the cello along with special guest artist, the amazing Emily V on the violin! Corday promises to belt out your favorite lesbian anthems from Melissa Etheridge and The Indigo Girls, and will have a special surprise guest artist to be announced! Act two has Corday leading the charge, fronting Classic Rock Revolution, a tribute to the 70s that'll transport you straight into the golden era of rock! Sing along to songs from Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Toto, Fleetwood Mac, Zeppelin, The Who, and more. And just when you thought it couldn't get any wilder, you're bound to get on your feet with an epic finale that'll have you movin' and groovin' to the beats of the iconic Dancing Queen! But don't rush off, because the night is far from over. Stick around for a full-blown dance party, courtesy of our electrifying DJ Alexis, aka Ay-Lex Song, spinning all your favorite songs of the 70's and beyond! 

Cascade Lounge has assigned seats in booths, tables, and high tops. A private bar and cocktail servers on the prowl ensure your glass is always filled. Witness the magic unfold amidst state-of-the-art lights and sound, promising a sensory explosion you won't soon forget. This is not just a show; it's an experience, and trust us, you don't wanna miss it!





Saturday April 6th


Demuth Park in Palm Springs

is SOLD OUT with over 100 players! You can get on the Waiting List, or come watch the fun in the sun!




Saturday April 6, 8pm

FORTUNE FEIMSTER is coming to The Show at Rancho Mirage!



For General Admission Seats, CLICK HERE


Sunday April 7, 11am-5pm

Brunch Concert & Tea Dance

Don't miss the last hurrah! The final Sunday Brunch & Tea Dance at Hunters is the place to be, with a live performance from the award-winning singer Marisa Corvo, followed by a Dance Party with DJ Dawn Michaels from Fort Lauderdale! Emcee Corday, giveaways, and special guests to be announced! Be sure to try our Red Bull Signature Drink, delish!

To be seated, tickets are $20 or $25 and there is a 2 drink minimum. (Breakfast and drinks are NOT included)

Delicious cocktails, cold beer on tap, mimosas, and great Bloody Mary's!

Bottomless champagne is also available for $12 (til 2pm). 

Fixed Brunch Menu offers several delicious choices!




Easy/Moderate Hike - Tue - Apr 2nd

Chaparrosa Peak Loop

Length    7 Miles

Type      Loop Elevation 1200 feet

Time      3 -4 hours

Difficulty:  Moderate - Difficult

Meetup:   Pilot at I-10 and Indian Canyon at 7;30 am or trailhead at 8:30 am (no cell service). 2 miles dirt road to trailhead

Bring at least 2 liters of water; you must be fully vaccinated.

Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.

Views, pictographs, birds, and great company. Chaparrosa Peak is Pioneertown Mountain Preserve.

Moderate Hike - Sat - No Hike Scheduled

Bring at least 1 liter of water. Register here; new hikers must sign a waiver.

Easy Hike - No Hike April 1st


2024 Walks - Wednesday and Friday this week- 8:00 am

Prescott Preserve

2700 E Mesquite Avene

The more you walk, the healthier you can become, major study finds (msn.com)

Details and Registration

Movie Meetup

Wednesday - Cinemark Century at the River

One Life

Wed April 3rd - 10:40 am

'One Life' Review: Anthony Hopkins Portrays the 'British Schindler' (variety.com)

Details and Registration

Check This Out - The Lesbian Project Podcast

We are Kathleen Stock and Julie Bindel. Kathleen is a former philosophy professor and current contributing writer at UnHerd. Julie is a journalist and feminist campaigner.

In our podcast, we chat, argue, rant, and joke about everything and anything of relevance to lesbian lives and beyond. We don’t expect our listeners to agree with us, nor do we want them to.

Episode 20 FREE: Canada update, Can-SG conference update, Drive Away Dolls, ridiculous NHS surveys, queering the fruit fly. (thelesbianprojectpod.com)

I love listening to these gals.

Lesbionic Brunch with Marisa Corvo

2nd Saturday of Every Month.

April 13th is next

1-4 PM

Bottomless Champagne $12


Book and Movie Salon/Club -

2023/24 Schedule 2nd Mondays 5:30 pm

Below you will find the next books and movies to be discussed. We do hope you plan to join us for one or more of our salons.

If you have any questions or comments, reach out to myself or Flynn. In the meantime, take good care!

The Half of It directed by Alice Wu, 2020          April

"If you ask me, people spend far too much time looking for someone to complete them."

                                                                            Ellie Chu

Monday, the 8th of April at 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST) we will discuss the movie The Half of It directed by Alice Wu, 2020.

This coming of age romantic-comedy tells the story of Ellie Chu straight A student, who helps the high school jock woo Aster Flores. Secretly, they both desire her. A beautiful story about love, friendship, family and longing.

The Half of It is currently airing on Netflix.

We look forward to "seeing you" on the 8th of April!!!

Questions or comments, Flynn or Irma have got you covered.

Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult, 2011         May

More beautiful for Having Been Broken directed by Nicole Conn, 2019  June

Details and Registration

Writers Support Group - Fri - Apr 26th at 10:30 am on Zoom

Where we can set aside time to write and encourage each other.

Please register if you are interested.

This Week's Recommendation

Tig Notaro

Hello Again on Amazon

Tig is comic genius and gets better with every special. I laughed so hard, I watched it again as soon as I finished it.

The Wednesday movie meetup group was split on Problemista

Lesbians Embracing Aging

Lesbians Embracing Aging: An Introduction

The mission of LEA is to encourage and assist LBTQIA women with healthy aging by creating

support networks of socialization, information, and healthcare.

We are forming a hub of LBTQIA Women and allies willing to help one another navigate the

changes and challenges of aging and help make the myriad of available services more accessible.

Please join us for our next meeting as we make progress toward our goals.

If you would like more information, be on our email list or join us for our next meeting TBA Please send an email to


The LEA women:

Kelly Watson, Lauren Nile, Barbara Tyler, Rita Gonzales, Kate Ullman, Ronni Sanlo

Dear Lez Out Loud Friends and Fans,
Thank you SO much for joining us this month for our Lez Out Loud shows at The Roost Lounge and Revolution Stage Company. Our show started in the Coachella Valley and our success (11 sold out shows and counting!) is all because of loyal fans like you. We can’t wait to be back in the Desert next season to see you all again! 
In the meantime, will you please take a few moments to fill out the survey below? We want to keep bringing you the best show possible, let us know how!

Evening Chat Group 7pm to 8 pm Every Thursday

Come and meet new friends and old friends for an open forum of whatever topic interests you. Conversation among friends via zoom. Thursday nights beginning at 7 pm.

Hosted by Crickett and Cindy

Register Here

Every Friday is Wine Down Friday’s with the Coachella Valley Ladies of Justice at V-Lounge 5PM-6P. 600m E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.

Network, share info about your business/upcoming event or just drop-by to unwind and make new friends!

Thank you,


All things Pickleball

For more information about pickleball, including lessons, leagues, and other lesbians playing pickleball - contact Mary Barsaleau.

Mary is a registered Pickleball Ambassador.

Where to pickleball

Pickleball - Lesbians of Palm Springs and The Coachella Valley (lesbiansps.com)

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival is honoring Miriam Makeba with a special, amazing tribute by LA Artists, Jimetta Rose and Gail Jhonson with Jazz in Pink in celebration of International Jazz Day.

Complimentary Food, Drink

Free Parking


Date/Time: April 28, 2024, 2:00 - 4:00 PM 

(Door opens at 1:30 PM)

Location: Vicky's of Sante Fe

45-100 Club Drive, Indian Wells, CA 92210

 $99 - Table Seating / $49 - Bar Seating

TICKETS: Table Seats

TICKETS: Bar Seats

Your PayPal receipt is your ticket.


Mother's Day Soulful Jazz Concert

Sunset Music is thrilled to announce that vocalist Angie Wells has been nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award!

She is in excellent company for the Outstanding Jazz Album award alongside renowned artists like Cecile McLorin Salvant and Lakecia Benjamin. This nomination recognizes Angie's incredible talent and dedication to her music.

Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

Celebrate Mom (or anyone who holds a motherly place in your heart) with a fabulous show at Vicky's of Santa Fe in Indian Wells! Feast your senses with a soul-stirring show, the Women in Jazz All-Stars, featuring the critically acclaimed singer/composer Angie Wells, paired with incredible music, exquisite cuisine, and free-flowing champagne; it will be a heartfelt tribute and an unforgettable experience! The ambiance will be filled with the joyous clinking of champagne glasses, creating the perfect atmosphere to raise a toast in honor of our mothers.

Get your tickets soon, Wanda Sykes will sell out!!

June 6th

McCallum Theatre | Music, Theater & Comedy Shows in Palm Desert

Cathedral City Senior Center is Rocking It These Days


New Staff, New Attitude, New Programs. Inclusive!

Food Bank Every Monday morning. Client choice, you are not handed a bag of items you can't use or don't want. No income qualifications, just show up if you need food.

Nutrition | Cathedral City Senior Center (theccsc.org)

Games, Fitness and More

Activities | Cathedral City Senior Center (theccsc.org)

Senior Advocacy

Don't have the budget? Talk to the staff. They will make it work for you!

Gay Country Western Dancing - Friday Nights


Join the Dance Ranch for a great night of country western dancing, including two-step, waltz, shadow, East and West Coast swing, and line dances. 

It all happens at Step By Step, 316 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Admission is $5.

Lesson is at 7 pm. Dancing from 7:30-9:30 pm. 

Dance Ranch Palm Springs is a country western dance group serving the LGBTQ+ community and its friends. Country dancers of all levels are welcome!

Learn more about Dance Ranch and find out what they’re teaching at danceranchps.org.


Our history will NOT be hidden!

Not with us two old lesbians and our awesome guests on guard! Our free podcast LGBTQ History Alive! with Ronni and Kelly begins

January 1, 2024. 

Meet the Two Old Lesbians!

Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D. is a retired UCLA professor and LGBTQ Center director, founder of the award-winning Lavender Graduation, and editor of the four volume This Day in LGBTQ History. Kelly Watson, Ph.D, DDS, is a retired recovery center director and business professional, and still and always involved with 12 step recovery.

2024 Schedule - Check it Out!

The L-Fund empowers cis, trans, and queer identifying lesbians through financial crisis assistance as well as grants in the areas of education, the arts, and health and wellness.

If you would like to donate, please find us at https://l-fund.org/


The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz and Blues Assoc. exists to preserve and foster an appreciation of jazz and blues music and to support female jazz and blues musicians who traditionally struggle for recognition and employment. The festival includes concerts, exhibits, presentations, films, and other events that promote an understanding and enjoyment of the work of women artists.

Jazz News and Events
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