The LGBT Community Center of the Desert, better known as The Center, provides a safe and welcoming space for the LGBTQ community of Palm Springs, providing nearly 45,000 people a year with support and assistance.
Their programs range from daily social and health movements like bridge and yoga to a weekly community food bank. Prime among their intiatives is their youth suicide prevention and anti-bullying, developed in partnership with the Palm Springs Unified School District. The program focuses on teaching nearly 2,000 ninth grade students in the Palm Springs area about what it means to be LGBTQ, and how they can recognize and help friends and classmates who are contemplating taking their own lives.
The Center began in 2001 as the Prime Timers Foundation, dedicated to serving the needs of gay seniors, which were often overlooked, and eventually becoming a one-room center to offer programs, support and safe space to the older gay community of the Coachella Valley. In 2011, the Center expanded to offer those programs, assistance, and support to the entire gay community.
Now the Center has opened a brand new, beautiful space to continue their work of supporting, promoting, and engaging the LGBTQ community of Palm Springs.
Splash photo by John Pascal, courtesy of The Center.