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The loss of nuance and debate. When did we become a nation forming opinions from slogans, sound bites and memes? I don’t blame only the politicians; I blame us for accepting it. I blame the algorithms in social media. I blame organizations that are ethical only when it suits them. Gaslighting the public and firing whistleblowers is entirely acceptable as long as the brand isn’t harmed, even if people’s lives and careers get destroyed. Talking the talk in public, but not walking the walk in boardrooms and CEO offices. I blame the media; so many are more interested in clickbait than truth. I blame cancel culture and its dog piles on anyone questioning their dogma. It doesn’t encourage conversations or new perspectives. It destroys our ability to discuss nuance and complexity and prevents us from moving forward on many issues. I blame our educational institutions, which no longer teach critical thinking. I mourn the loss of people offering solid opinions with the humility and openness to admit they could be wrong on some points, and I mourn a culture that stomps on anyone who makes a mistake with the best intentions. I mourn the loss of facts. I mourn how often I hear, "This is how I feel, but you can't question that." We are in an age of enormous complexity; memes, slogans, and silence will not carry us into a healthier future. I know that they are evil people, but we need to pause, listen, and seek to understand rather than demonize all those who disagree with us. We will never learn to live with one another in our shared humanity if we lose our humanity.

Take care Kim

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

For Karyl, Terri and Shawn

“The middle path makes me wary. . . . But in the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right and left worlds, the stories are largely set. . . . We become missionaries for a position . . . practitioners of the missionary position. Variety is lost. Diversity is lost. Creativity is lost in our inability to make love with the world.”

― Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

Choosing with integrity means finding ways to speak up that honor your reality, the reality of others, and your willingness to meet in the center of that large field. It’s hard sometimes.Terry Tempest Williams

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

The Roost

V Lounge

Community Bulletin Board 

Sound Bath

Grant Writer Wanted

Local Lesbian Authors and Books
Community Resources - Food, Medicare Counseling, Advocacy, Behavorial Health
Women's Music Festivals, Weekends, Travel etc.
  • Cork Women's Fun Weekend
  • REI Women's Hiking
  • AdventureWomen: organizes exceptional women’s only travel groups spots around the globe.
  • Trafalgar: offers women-only guided vacations to various destinations, with local female guides and experts.
  • Road Scholar: provides educational and cultural trips for women of all ages and interests.
  • Adventures in Good Company: creates active and adventurous trips for women who love the outdoors.
  • Intrepid Travel’s Women’s Expeditions: explores local cultures and traditions from a female perspective, with female leaders and hosts.

Take Me Home - Pet of the Week

Fur babies needing family at Animal Samaritans

Shelter — Animal Samaritans

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

Hollywood Times - Valerie Milano

1. “Princess Diana’s Elegance & a Royal Collection” Auction at the Peninsula Beverly Hills


2. Action short “Ms. Pink” from writer/director Lauren McCann brings fantasy to life in grand form at Dances With Films


3. Unraveling the captivating cyclical tale of queer erotic sci-fi thriller “Spark” – Tonight at Dances with Films


Thank you.

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Women’s History

Women, We Should Know

Henriette D'Angeville

In 1838, a woman climbed Mont Blanc with 18 bottles of wine, 26 roast chickens and a carrier pigeon. ⁠

The person in question was Henriette D’Angeville. Her ensemble, crafted at home due to the absence of climbing attire for women at the time, featured a controversial pair of knickerbockers, a corset to conceal them, and an exceedingly charming bonnet, in all weighing 14 lbs. ⁠

The First Woman to Summit Mont Blanc: Henriette d' Angeville or Marie Paradis? - SkyAboveUs

When we work together and support each other, we change the world

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

Nine Years After Marriage Equality, The Union Between WLW Is More Important than Ever - GO Magazine

Boston’s Only Lesbian Bar To Open This Summer - GO Magazine

Biden Pardons Thousands of Veterans Convicted Under Gay Sex Ban - GO Magazine

Tokyo Marathon 2025 will add a non-binary application option (thepinknews.com) to be fair and inclusive. Thank you, male, female, or non-binary categories.

Biden Administration Opposes Surgery for Transgender Minors - The New York Times (nytimes.com) The White House announcement was sent to The New York Times on Wednesday in response to an article reporting that staff in the office of Adm. Rachel Levine, an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, had urged an influential international transgender health organization to remove age minimums for surgery from its treatment guidelines for minors. The debate about puberty blockers for minors continues.

18 foods that help lower blood pressure

Lesbian, Bisexual Women More Likely to Die Early Than Straight Peers (usnews.com)

Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health Issues | Johns Hopkins Medicine

Louisa Jacobson, Meryl Streep’s Actress Daughter, Comes Out as a Lesbian | Autostraddle

Impala Bar & Grill in downtown Palm Springs is closed for summer

Getting In Touch With Nature

The FREE Class & Field education series is offered by Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association, in partnership with Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness & the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

2024 Schedule of Events — Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association (msjnha.org)

Easy/Moderate Hikes - Hikes will resume again in Sept/Oct when the weather cools down.


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

Prescott Preserve

2700 E Mesquite Avene

I am away for the summer. Some of the other walkers may be there. Email me if you want a contact number


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

Details and Registration

Movie Meetup

Wednesday - Mary Pickford Theater

Daddio - July 3rd 11:05 at Mary Pickford. Meetup in lobby about 11:00. Lunch after at Desert Thai

‘Thelma’ is a geriatric ‘Mission: Impossible’ and a total crowd-pleaser (msn.com)

We usually go to the nearby Thai Restaurant for soup or lunch to rehash the movie and solve the problems of the world.

Details and Registration

Check This Out - The Lesbian Project Podcast

Episode 32 FREE: Bridgerton; dykes who hike; lesbian fashion (again); the joys of queer travel. (thelesbianprojectpod.com)

I love listening to these gals as they argue, debate, and commiserate.

ONE-PS Lip Sync Battle - Sunday, July 7th @ 3pm PS Cultural Center


The ONE-PS Lip Sync Battle is Back Palm Springs, CA—Comedian Shann Carr is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of the ONE-PS Lip-Sync Battle on July 7th at 3 PM at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. After the success of last year’s event, excitement is building as locals eagerly anticipate another unforgettable showdown of talent and entertainment.

Satin and Lace Burlesque

July 7th - 7pm

In a time where alcohol and free love is prohibited, we find ourselves following a harrowing story of two lovers who find themselves caught up in the throws of love. Set in an underground speakeasy, we watch as their love transcends from pure to criminal to terrifyingly alluring. Join us as we set sail on an unforgettable journey.

SPECIAL EVENTS | Revolution (revolutionstagecompany.com)

Sunset Music & Comedy Festival

Nov 9th

Early bird tickets on sale until May 31st

Use promocode EarlySunset for 15% off

Don't miss out!! Tickets for the Palm Springs Sunset Music & Comedy Fest this November are on sale now at a special Mental Health Month discount. Limited-time offer: secure your spot and a dose of future fun!


Book and Movie Salon/Club -

2023/24 Schedule 2nd Mondays 5:30 pm

Flynn and Irma will return in September

Details and Registration

June 5 to August 28.


For this month’s seminar information and to register HERE

For more information, events, updates and to sign up for email notifications on

Planning Ahead For LGBTQ Seniors | PALS (palsinthedesert.com)

9:30 to 11 am. 3rd Saturday

September thru June

A Death Cafe is a group-led open conversation about death and dying; and in doing so to live life more fully. It is not a counseling or bereavement group; and there is no agenda, specified topics, or designated outcomes. 

Join the conversation. Bring your curiosity and questions and engage in a discussion about the aspects of death and dying that interest you. 

Please register via the following link. Looking forward to your joining us!



Creating a community that looks out for each other.

Every Saturday 6pm via Zoom

Coachella Valley Derby Girls

Upcoming Dates

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




Next Bout May 18th

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

This Week's Recommendation

Little Forest - Free on Tubi

Watch Little Forest (2018) - Free Movies | Tubi (tubitv.com)

Following an enigmatic female lead, “Little Forest” is a quiet, contemplative movie featuring excellent performances and beautiful cinematography. Hye Won (played by the lovely Kim Tae Ri) moves back home to the country after failing a teaching exam and questioning her motivations to stay in Seoul. Hye Won is in her element digging in the dirt — “I’m a product of the land and air here” — or kneading dough, and it’s her return to her roots that makes “Little Forest” a wonderful movie about self-identity, building from the ground up and coming home.

When You Need A Breath Of Country Air: Reasons To Watch “Little Forest” (soompi.com)

I loved this movie and foodies will enjoy it as well as much of the interactions are centered around harvesting food and cooking.

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

Evening Chat Group 5:30pm to 7 pm Every Wednesday

LIDS (Lesbians In The Desert) Wednesday evenings, 5:30 pm - 7ish — join us for a lively Zoom chat, catch up with friends, and make new ones! Open to Lesbians in and out of the Coachella Valley — California — all 50 States — and beyond. Please email NurseJaynes@yahoo.com to receive the invite with Zoom meeting ID & Passcode. Bring a friend! Hosted by Cindy T, Crickett, & Jayne

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)

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.

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