Skip to content. Some say Palm Springs has become the gayest city in America. Liz O. Robert julian's little neighborhood is on the southwest side of Palm Springs, where the San Jacinto Mountains begin to rise from the desert floor like the spires of a great cathedral. Warm Sands is an older neighborhood, a mix of vintage ranches and glassy contemporaries. There are cactuses and fruit trees, a health food shop, the oldest hardware store in town and -- displayed prominently on one corner lot -- a 5-foot-tall sculpture of a phallus.
No better time than fall or winter for hiking in and around Palm Springs - Los Angeles Times
In Palm Springs, a special sadness in the LGBT community for the Obama era's end
For Joe Hooper, it was a moment of glee accompanied by grief. Eight years ago, Hooper, the head pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living Palm Desert, cast a ballot for Barack Obama, proud to support a man he believed represented the best of America — diversity, inclusion, progress and change. Proposition 8 is no more, he's married, and he and his husband have raised a daughter. As progressives nationwide mourn the end of Obama's tenure, here in the Palm Springs area — where the former president is vacationing with family as he embarks on life as a private citizen — his exit from the White House has special resonance in a vibrant gay community that's thrived for decades. And in the fall, Cinema Diverse, an annual film festival, showcases the work of gay and lesbian directors and actors.
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Find out more about Greater Palm Springs from stories featuring our destination by simply clicking below. And hanging around the pool? It can get really boring. So when I visit the Palm Springs area, I head into the hills for some hiking.
The city is ranked first in the state and third in the nation among cities with the most same-sex couples per 1, households, according to an analysis of U. But now, the city is marking a new milestone in gay politics as well. The pair will join three gay men on the five-person body.