Lesbians of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley Outings and Events


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Either the world has gone to hell, and everything is now an obstacle course, or I am getting old and cranky. Maybe both. My partner's parents had two cats they couldn't take with them. Mom took them to her vet two weeks ago to find new homes. The sweet one got adopted right away, but the other one is a bit of a biscuit and didn't. Darlene asks me to pick up the cat and take it to the shelter. Here, you have to make an appointment to surrender an animal. I go to the vet; I can't pick up the cat unless Mom has signed the approved form. Even though she was on the phone with the office this morning. Pick up the form and drive across town to Mom; she signs it. I drive back to the vet. Have a seat; the receptionist has to phone Mom with two witnesses to the call. Fifteen minutes later, the receptionist comes out sweating with fresh scratch marks and a monster cage. She couldn't get the cat in the small cage she came in; she is now in the labrador-sized cage. The receptionist reminds me FIVE times that it has to be returned. Cat and cage go in the car's back seat, and we drive a half hour to the shelter for the 3 pm appointment, which I make just in time. There, the shelter hands me a three-page cat intake form. Does the cat eat wet or dry food, does the cat like to scratch, does she like to scratch vertically or horizontally, does she prefer cardboard or carpet? and on it goes. I told the receptionist that it was not my cat, but the form must be filled out or no intake. She looks like a vertical cardboard scratcher to me. The cat, not the receptionist. Then, does she like to bite or scratch dogs? Men? other cats, or children? I told the receptionist that the cat likes old men who get lots of Amazon deliveries. It's the best I can do. Later, when we are all together, we laugh, then we cry, and then we laugh and cry again. Tomorrow, I have to track down a prescription that was sent to the wrong pharmacy. That should probably take all day.

The nice part is that the Potter Zoo is 1.5 miles away. It is an endangered species breeding zoo, and they have a new baby lemur. I walk down and stroll the grounds. Around the back of the black rhino compound is a cement building with a sign saying, "Tornado shelter for staff only." It seems a fitting thought for all the end-of-the-world scenarios; we would do well to restart the planet with animals and the beings who love and care for them.

Have a good week ... 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


anthrodynia n. a state of exhaustion with how shitty people can be to each other, typically causing a countervailing sense of affection for things that are sincere but not judgmental, are unabashedly joyful, or just are.. The Book of Obscure Sorrows

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

The Roost

V Lounge

Community Bulletin Board 

Sound Bath

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.

Long Beach Dyke March

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. Why Our Favorite TV Girls – From ‘Golden to Gilmore’ – Adore Screenwriter Stan Zimmerman


2. Early Praise for One Tough Dame: The Life and Career of Diana Rigg by Herbie J. Pilato


3. The Life of an Extra (and fan) for Three Days on the set of “The Chosen” Season 5 in Goshen Utah


Thank you.

To everyone who contributes a recommendation for a worthy figure in women's history, an article, a book, a movie, or a women-centric event for the newsletter - thank you. Let's amplify women's stories and voices.

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Women’s History

Women, We Should Know

Gloria Richardson

How Gloria Richardson's Look of Righteous Indignation Became a Symbol of No Retreat | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Magazine

Gloria Richardson and Black Women’s Intellectual History - AAIHS

LGBT History Alive with Ronni & Kelly

Podcasts | Ronni Sanlo

In The News

Kristin Key: Lesbian Anthem Visibility Day (youtube.com)

Lily Rose Is Redefining What It Means to Be a Country Artist: 'I Was Put on Earth to Break Barriers' (Exclusive) (msn.com)

New US method to 3D-print massive recyclable wind turbine blades on-site (msn.com)

WHAT A FEELING (2024) trailer | BFI Flare 2024 (youtube.com)

Many of the world’s happiest countries are also the best for women, research shows—here’s why (msn.com)

Why this acclaimed restaurateur has no men in her kitchen | Watch (msn.com)

Here’s everything you need to know about Jane Lynch and Jennifer Cheyne - (diva-magazine.com)

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

May 22nd - No Movie

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 26 FREE: Love Lies Bleeding; lesbian non-bed death; a military memorial for LGBT people; "assigned female at birth queer joy" and other ridiculous euphemisms for normal experiences. (thelesbianprojectpod.com)

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

FYI Julie Bindell's partner has a new book release

Sister in Law review – how Harriet Wistrich fought the law and women won | Society books | The Guardian

Harriet Katherine Wistrich (is an English solicitor who specialises in human-rights cases, particularly cases involving women who have been sexually assaulted or who have killed their violent partners.

Jennifer Corday Will Be Performing At Hunters On Saturday, May 11 From 1-3pm. 


Sean Wiggins Will Be Back At Hunters On Saturday, May 18 from 1-3pm. 

Palm Springs Crave Presents  Memorial Weekend Blast.  Saturday, May 25 From 6-10pm At Wang's(see Attachment) and Sunday, May 26 From 3-7pm At Low Desert Mexican Grill. 

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!

((Things that make you go hummmm...yeah))

“She puts her hands on either side of my face, and the room falls away. I have never gotten so lost in a kiss before. And then, the space between us explodes. My heart keeps missing beats and my hands cannot bring her close enough to me. I taste her and realize I have been starving.”

                                                                                                     ― Zoe Baxter

BAM Salon will discuss the book, Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult, 2011 on Monday, the 13th of May 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST.

This is a read about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. Zoe Baxter and her husband Max are a happily married couple until their marriage flounders after a series of failed fertility treatments. What happens next propels the reader into divorce, alcoholism, bisexuality, religion, frozen embryos and family.

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

Details and Registration

June 5 to August 28.


Call for poetry submissions:  Sapphic Poets of the Mojave Desert, an anthology of poems. Click on link below for more information.

Contributors Sapphic Poets of the Mojave Desert (google.com)

Writers Support Group - Fri - May 24th at 10:30 am on Zoom

Kafka’s famous proclamation that “a book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” 

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

Please register if you are interested.

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, 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




Next Bout May 18th

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

Tuesday June 4th- July 16th, 4:00PM -6:00PM PST

VIRTUAL Six Comedy Classes 101 with Mina Hartong

Location : On ZOOM

Lez Out Loud is back with the popular Stand up Comedy Series!!

Sign up today!

Details : Are you interested in trying comedy for the first time or brushing up on your skills? Join us for a Virtual session of Comedy 101, where Mina will focus on the basics, and students begin to find their voice and define their storytelling style onstage.

The course concludes with a virtual show, providing students the opportunity to perform their 5-minute set in front of an audience. Please note: Final Performances are recorded and subject to be used on our social media platforms. 

VIRTUAL Comedy 101 with Mina Hartong, a 6-week course | FUNY Stand Up Classes | The New York Comedy School

This Week's Recommendation

Under The Bridge on Hulu

I'm loving this series and I love the chemistry between Riley and Lily

‘Under The Bridge’ Review: Riley Keough, Lily Gladstone Ground Heartbreaking True Crime Mini-Series (theplaylist.net)

Under the Bridge movie review (2024) | Roger Ebert

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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