LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert


At least once a year, the Archive sponsors a major exhibit highlighting some aspect of the LGBTQ+ History of the Desert.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Coming soon.

Past Exhibitions

Out on the Walk

October 12 – November 12, 2023
Weekly, Thursday – Sunday THURSDAYS – 2 P.M. TO 8 P.M. FRIDAYS – SUNDAY 12 P.M. TO 6 P.M.
Out On The Walk” Celebrating the LGBT Honorees on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars

Since 1992, more than 450 stars honoring notable entertainers, humanitarians, civic leaders, architects, artists, authors, athletes, and veterans have been inducted on the sidewalks throughout downtown and uptown Palm Springs.

Saturday, April 8, 2023, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History
Our Exhibition, Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History, will once again be shown at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library, 100 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, on Saturday, April 8, 2023, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, in conjunction with the City of Palm Springs 85th Anniversary Celebration!

LGBTQ+ 2022 Exhibit

November 3, 2022 – November 6, 2022
Telling their Stories – Celebrating their Legacy
This second major exhibition of the LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert tells the stories of local LGBT organizations, businesses and events celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.
November 3-6, 2022 – Welwood Murray Memorial Library, 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
Hours: Thursday, November 3, 4-7:30 pm; Friday, November 4, 12:30-5:30 pm; Saturday, November 5, 10:30 am-5:30 pm; Sunday, November 6, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm

Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History, Inaugural Exhibition
A chronological history of events, organizations, and individuals that have helped to make the greater Palm Springs area the welcoming place that it is for LGBTQ+ individuals today.

  • November 4 – 7, 2021, displayed at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library during PS Pride.
  • March 25-27, 2022, displayed at the Cathedral City Gay Days, in the lobby of the Mary Pickford D’Place Theatre.
  • June 1 – 30, 2022, displayed at the Palm Springs Public Library

The Power of Story: How Local Media Put Gay Palm Springs on the Map
June 1 – 30, 2022, showcasing various LGBTQ+ news articles through the decades.
Displayed at the Palm Springs Cultural Center/Camelot Theatres lobby.

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