Palm Springs, California has gone from the playground of the Hollywood stars in the first part of the 20th Century to the Gay mecca of the West by the time it ended. Today, the entire City Council is LGBTQ. It is estimated that about half of the full time population of 40,000 is a member of the LGBTQ community. This figure is even higher during the “season” when high profile gay and lesbian events join in the spotlight with Modernism Week and The International Film Festival. Traditionally it had been a men’s scene. Thousands of gay men coming to town annually for The White Party and Palm Springs Pride added to a steady stream of weekenders here to party.
In the last 15 years there has been a significant change in the number of lesbians coming to town to add some punch to the L in GBTQ. Not only has the lesbian population doubled with full-time residents there are now lesbian events beyond the Dinah Shore Weekend. Joining The Dinah to extend the lesbian “season”, among others, is the prominent L-Fund Gumbo Gala, a fundraiser for lesbians in crisis, and The Palm Springs Women’s Music Festival, which was rated the #3 best festival in the Valley by the local newspaper after Coachella and Stage Coach.
Today Lesbians have a strong presence is the business and politics of Palm Springs and in promoting and sponsoring activities to make the city a prime place for lesbians to live full time or find happiness on their vacation or weekend out of town.