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08 Jul 2015
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As Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015, Clifton Tatum has made waves that extend well beyond the leather world. The eighth-place finisher at the International Mr. Leather competition has been on magazine covers. He's been in an advertisement promoting Palm Springs. And he's raised a whole lot of money for charities that help out LGBT youth. In fact, he's raised $17,000—with $7,400 of it being raised at his Heartthrobs Auction, which took place at Copa on Sunday night, July 5. Seven local luminaries (and their accompanying goodie baskets, which ranged in value from $500 to more than $3,000) were auctioned off for a date to the highest bidder: Jeff Hocker, Mike Cohan, Mike Thompson, Dimitri Halkidis, Will Dean, David White and Jill Langham. Five charities will benefit from the hard work of Tatum and his auction participants: The Trevor Project, For the Children, the LGBT Center of the Desert, the American…
27 Jun 2015
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Everybody knew the U.S. Supreme Court would be ruling on the gay-marriage question sometime in late June. However, nobody was sure what the decision would be—and nobody was sure when it would be announced. Of course, now we all know: On Friday, June 26, in a narrow 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for states to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. The ruling means that, effectively, same-sex marriage is now legal in 50 states. How fitting it was that the ruling was announced on June 26—the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court, in 2013, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and legalized (for the second time) same-sex marriage in California by effectively throwing out Proposition 8. It's also the same day that in 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that sodomy laws were unconstitutional. On Friday night, hundreds of people showed up at Francis Stevens…
03 May 2015
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What: Palm Springs Hot Rodeo and Country Fair Where: A.C. Dysart Equestrian Park, Banning When: May 1-3, 2015 Who: LGBT (and probably some straight) cowboys and cowgirls Why: Because rodeos and disco music do go together! The Independent stopped by the rodeo on Saturday, May 2, to check out the rodeo and take a few snapshots. Scroll down to see the photos, by Jeff Clarkson and Dan Baker.
26 Apr 2015
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Many thousands of men—almost all of them clad in white—joined a handful of women for the annual White Party, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, starting on Saturday, April 25, and going well into Sunday, April 26. All of the usual White Party traits—great costumes, $12 drinks (only tequila, vodka and rum were available, liquor-wise) and a friendly, buff crowd—were present, as was an early morning (in other words, well after 2 a.m.) performance by American Idol alum Jordin Sparks. As usual, the Independent was there. Enjoy our gallery of photos below.
06 Apr 2015
The newly named 2015 ANA Inspiration—the first LPGA major tournament of the year—delivered challenges, frustration, exhilaration, relief, celebration and, yes, inspiration to the players who came to the Mission Hills Country Club over the last week. For the winner, Brittany Lincicome of Florida, the final day of play brought her plenty of exhilaration and celebration after she persevered through sporadic wind storms, the challenging Mission Hills Country Club layout and the determined play of runner-up Stacy Lewis. Lincicome, who had spent most of the tournament a few shots behind the leaders, exploded into a tie for the lead at the end of her final round with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole. It was repeat of the extraordinary display she put on in 2009, when she won her first Dinah Shore championship. Playing right in front of the leading pair, her score of 69 put the pressure squarely on…
01 Apr 2015
In the words of Peter Allen, “Everything old is new again.” That lyrical observation was certainly appropriate as the 44th edition of what is now called the ANA Inspiration tournament—you may know it as the Dinah Shore—kicked off on Monday, March 30, with the return of the popular Champions Juniors Challenge, organized by the Southern California Golf Association. The winner of this one-day amateur 18-hole shootout claims the last spot in the field of the 72-hole LPGA major tournament, which begins this Thursday at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Thirty-three young women from all over Southern California competed in teams of three, and each team was captained throughout the round by a former LPGA tour pro and champion. This year, two Coachella Valley high school students competed: Malia Ebersberger, of Palm Desert, who attends Xavier College Prep; and Jiyoon Jang, of Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert High…
23 Mar 2015
On Wednesday evening, March 18, halfway through the final week of play at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open, storm clouds and gusty desert winds swept across the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. They came and went with minimal impact—much like the highly publicized return of No. 1-ranked Serena Williams to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001. After winning four matches, Williams withdrew from the tournament on Friday, March 20, shortly before her scheduled semifinal meeting with No. 3-ranked Simona Halep, due to a knee injury. When asked how emotional it was for her to withdraw, Williams said, “I was really, really disappointed. I was really down. I was really sad.” Her mood brightening, she continued: “But then I thought, ‘You know what, Serena? This is just an opportunity to be able to come back … and do better next year.’” So she’s already planning to return in 2016? “I…
16 Mar 2015
The first week of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open delivered no major surprises on the courts—but it did deliver sweltering temperatures for fans and players alike, as well as record attendance figures, thanks to the return of Serena Williams to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the first time since 2001. Almost all of the top-seeded players in both the men’s and women’s singles draws are still competing, while four American players made it into the second week of both draws—exciting news for local fans: On the women’s side, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys are still alive, while on the men’s side, survivors include John Isner, Donald Young, Steve Johnson and Jack Sock. The competition will heat up as the tournament moves into its late rounds this week—and the weather forecast calls for continued high temperatures, which makes staying cool and hydrated a challenge for everyone.…