Greater Palm Springs Pride* (www.pspride.org) is a nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the LGBTQ community and to promote the history, diversity, and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBTQ community.
We work to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive. We support the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ community.
Serving as an advocate for equality and diversity in Coachella Valley since 1986.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fosters Pride in and respect for the LGBTQ community locally and globally through its programs that include:
Activism and Awareness
We support LGBTQ civil rights activism and mentorship of other Pride organizations around the world and promote awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals.
- Palm Springs Pride Parade: The largest equal rights march and diversity celebration in the region.
- Pride Festival: An inclusive and diverse celebration of the community that exemplifies our mission, vision, and values.
- Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast: Palm Springs Pride is a lead organizer and fiscal sponsor of this annual coalition-building effort. The event seeks to bring together all who support equality and justice to celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist.
- Pride Honors Awards: The prestigious Pride Honors are presented annually to individuals in order to recognize and honor their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lLGBTQ individuals and their allies.
- Mentorship: Palm Springs Pride recognizes the importance of the Pride movement locally and worldwide by making donations to various organizations and by sharing our experience and skills.
- Grant Funding: Palm Springs Pride provides grants to organizations that directly impact the LGBTQ communities in the region. Various fundraising vehicles are used to raise and earmark donations to the Pride Fund. Special emphasis is placed on supporting Coachella Valley LGBTQ Youth and Gay-Straight Alliance organizations at the region’s middle and high schools.
- Direct Community Support: Palm Springs Pride directly supports community organizations by providing scholarships, fee waivers, making charitable contributions, and sponsoring various events.
- Partnerships: Palm Springs Pride creates partnerships with organizations enabling them to raise funds in exchange for their involvement in Pride programs.
Supporting Youth in Our Community
- Youth Engagement: Palm Springs Pride is committed to supporting LGBTQ youth in the Coachella Valley through mentorship, community engagement, and by directly funding grassroots programs in support of youth development, team building, and anti-bullying efforts. Additionally, we create safe and affirming opportunities for youth to participate in activities related to Pride.
- We actively collaborate with Safe Schools Desert Cities to connect with youth and provide funding through the Pride Youth Fund.
We provide funding to:
- Support multi-year recognition program for all LGBT/supportive graduating Seniors
- Provide a Harvey Milk educational kit to all GSA organizations to introduce students to Harvey Milk
- Provide training and promote camaraderie at the Rainbow Youth Summit in March
- Provide scholarships to teachers for the Rainbow Summit
- Honor the GSA Advisor of the Year
- Sponsor a Harvey Milk Essay contest (one written and one digital with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes)
- Provide bus passes directly to GSA students so they can participate in community, educational and social events
Our work is only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Thank you for stepping forward as a leader in the fight to break down the barriers of discrimination, hatred, and bullying.
Together we will sow the seeds of equality and social justice for all.
The first Pride in Palm Springs was organized in 1986. Billed as Sizzle, the LGBTQ community came together for an evening of celebration. The Pride organization commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York City’s Christopher Street by raising awareness for equal rights for all individuals. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was incorporated in 1997 and today brings together the skills, talents, and vision of our diverse community to produce a variety of programs in the Coachella Valley including the Pride parade and multi-day festival.
Visibility and Collaboration
Palm Springs Pride represents the interest of the Coachella Valley LGBTQ community as a member and supporter of the Palm Springs Desert Business Association, United States Association of Prides, Consolidated Associations of Pride, Inc. (CAPI), the International Association Pride Organizers (InterPride), the International Festival and Events Association, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the Transgender Law Center, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the American Civil Liberties Union, Equality California, the Human Rights Commission and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
* “GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE,” “PALM SPRINGS PRIDE,” and “GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE and design” trademarks are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.