DESERT AIDS PROJECT
D.A.P. is proud to be a Coalition Member Agency of TCC and to support and participate in planning for major events honoring and supporting the trans community in the Coachella Valley each year. We are committed to advocating for the health and wellness of the trans community in our region through our services, through our participation in the community, through partnering with trans community organizations and through advocacy.
Transgender Community Coalition is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It began as TDoR Palm Springs in 2014. In the beginning, its purpose was to raise funds for the first Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial cenotaph statue. Due to the strong demand by the local transgender, intersex, gender non-conforming, fluid, non-binary community we quickly outgrew our name of TDoR Palm Springs and became the largest transgender organization in the Inland Empire serving the needs of the local transgender community. We currently all work in a compassionate volunteer positions in a wide range of social service, linkage to care, HIV/AID and PrEP education, youth, housing, employment and other supportive needs so this community can be empowered and reach their highest potential.
We thank the following community partners who support TCC and our mission.
DESERT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
DESERT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Desert Regional Medical Center includes a 385-bed hospital and associated outpatient clinics in greater Palm Springs. Home to the Coachella Valley’s only trauma center and only intensive care unit for newborns, the medical center is recognized for its Comprehensive Cancer Center, Institute for Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ICON) and other outpatient clinics. It has achieved advanced certification for its Stroke Center, Heart Failure, Hip and Knee Replacement, and Spine Surgery programs. Desert Regional is proud to be recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.
For the fourth consecutive year, Eisenhower Health has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Eisenhower earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.
CATHEDRAL CITY LGBT DAYS
CATHEDRAL CITY LGBT DAYS
Held on the last weekend of March, Cathedral City LGBT Days celebrates the lives, history, and wonderful accomplishments the community has contributed in making Cathedral City one of the “most livable” cities in America and a testament to its perfect equality ranking by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. It is also a time to recognize the strength in our diversity, appreciate our similarities, and stand united for the equal rights of all Americans. The event includes featured entertainers, the Rainbow Crossing, Battle of the Bars, LGBT informational booths, and the annual LGBT Days Bed Race – our Pride Parade with a little drama and suspense. More information available at www.CathedralCityLGBTDays.com.
DESERT BEST FRIEND'S CLOSET
Transgender Community Coalition and Desert Best Friend's Closet (DBFC) have come together to provide transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people interview clothes for job placement. Because transgender people come in all shapes and sizes it is important to call and talk to Connie or Mathew directly to make sure they have those sizes in stock at that time. If they do not, they have pledged to work and find those sizes for you. They will also help with resume and interview preparations.
Interview Attire Program
Desert Best Friend's Closet partners and collaborates with other agencies (including the Transgender Community Coalition) in the Coachella Valley to provide interview-appropriate attire at no cost to
individuals seeking employment who do not have the means to buy such attire themselves. All clients receive one-on-one wardrobe and image education services from trained volunteers. At DBFC, clients receive focused service in a boutique-like environment that treats everyone with dignity and respect. Clients leave not only with suitable clothing but also with the knowledge of how to dress appropriately. This increases our clients’ confidence and enables them to make positive first impressions at job interviews.
DBFC operates on an appointment basis only and we are happy to serve clients from the transgender community. Walk-ins are not accepted. If you are part of the Department of Rehabilitation or Riverside County GAIN programs, kindly ask them to refer you for our services. Otherwise, mention that the Transgender Community Coalition has referred you. To schedule a wardrobe appointment, call (760) 776-9975. If you need unique sizes, you are encouraged to call to discuss availability with the director, Connie Golds.
Bridge to Employment
Desert Best Friend’s Closet’s Interview Attire Program enables clients to make a positive first impression at job interviews. But clients often need more than wardrobe assistance to secure employment. The Bridge to Employment Program complements our Interview Attire Program by helping clients become better prepared for their job searches, including assistance with resumes, mock interview practice and general job search tips. Interested workshop participants need to call (760) 776-9975 and ask for Matthew Campos to register and for more information.
SOME FABULOUS LEOS
Some Fabulous Leos is a non-profit organization whose only goal is to celebrate the sign of the Leo and raise money for local organizations that do so much for our community.
A little bit of history of the Leo Party...
In 1984, when George Zander turned 40, his family and friends threw a huge party in Seattle. Everyone spent lots of money on gifts and black “Over-the-Hill” paraphernalia. Though George enjoyed the festivities and adoration, he vowed to change the celebration of his future birthdays to an event with no gifts, and he suggested that his friends and family write checks to their favorite charity in the name of Leos.
Over the years the party grew, and when George joined the Board of the Seattle AIDS Support Group (SASG), the Leo Party for SASG was born. It always occurred during Seattle's short, but lovely, summer. The location moved around but was always outdoors. It remained a party to celebrate Leos and all that admire them!
Upon migrating to the Desert, George met up with other Leos including the Mixtress Victoria at a party Antonio Lopez-Cochran was hosting for his husband Paul, a fellow Leo, at a local resort. During this said party attendees were asked to don boas, tiaras and such. Cocktails, nosh, gifts and especially fun, were abound. It was at this party a new tradition of Leo Parties began.