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Living la vida gay in Palm Springs

December 2nd, 2013 | by Will Dean | Comments

Photo by Rob Lebow

Photo by Rob Lebow

Get ready for the Latin heat.

The new issue of Desert Outlook drops this week, with a cover story that explores life as gay and Latino in Palm Springs. There’s no denying that Mexican-American and Latino culture is a significant part of the Coachella Valley. Latino residents who grew up in the desert discuss the challenges of coming out and living openly as LGBT, and the progress they’re experiencing.

Also, in the December issue:

- You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Chi Chi, the Palm Springs supper club that was a den of unabashedly good times for Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. We take a historical look at what really went on there and discover, among other things, that Liberace got an early career break at the club.

- Mariah Hanson, the founder of Dinah Shore Weekend, reveals her journey from party promoter to this year’s Athena Leadership Award recipient. She also talks about how she’s gotten over a few bumps — including a messy split with the organizers of that other Dinah event — along the way.

- Are you kinky? You may be. Sexologists Winston Wilde and Nina Ruedas break down what constitutes kink as a sexual orientation.

- When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law granting the state’s transgender students access to educational programs and services in alignment with their gender identity, did he silence its opponents’ scare tactics about boys using girls’ restrooms? Maybe not, but the law is expected to do so much more for the students most affected.

- The Human Rights Campaign scores U.S. cities on LGBT equality. Do Palm Springs and other desert cities make the grade?

Pick up your free copy of Desert Outlook at the release party, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 3) at Imageville Gallery, 128 La Plaza, downtown Palm Springs. The issue will be distributed valley-wide Thursday, Dec. 5.

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