“What have you done today to make you feel proud?”
That line from the popular gay Pride anthem, “Proud” by Heather Small, could not be more appropriate for our 2013 Pride issue. You’ll find in it numerous examples of Palm Springs residents and visitors who’ve done plenty in support of LGBT Americans. Their accomplishments are impressive by many standards and will be recognized Oct. 4 during this year’s Greater Palm Springs Pride Honors at Hyatt Regency Suites in Palm Springs.
But having Pride isn’t only a result of professional or community achievements. It’s also about simply being who you are as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, and being proud of that. Gaining that self-acceptance is the first and toughest hurdle to clear. No one is more mindful of that than young LGBT people.
Our cover story looks at LGBT residents who are 35 and younger — yes, they live in the Coachella Valley. With Palm Springs’ well-known reputation as a desirable retirement and resort destination, it’s easy to assume that only gray gays call the desert home. But many of the young people we feature grew up in the desert or willingly moved here. They discuss what it’s really like trying to establish a life and career, while proudly embracing who they are, in the desert.
Read about in the new Pride issue, available Oct. 3 on stands across the valley.
Or to get the issue before it hits the streets, join us at our issue release party Tuesday at Casa de Frida, a cool restaurant in downtown Palm Springs.
Will Dean, editor