Reader Guide: Reggie on Palm Springs, CA
My name: Reggie
Gay.com Member Name: BootySex
My age: 30
My profession: Writer / Wardrobe Stylist
City/town: Palm Springs
Relationship status: Single
Where is the best public place for a gay person to make out there (or isn't there one)?
Riverside County has a series of ordinances to reduce light pollution. Palm Springs has been especially diligent in adhering to these policies. This creates a stunning canopy of stars which blankets the sky unlike anywhere else in Southern California.
How "out" are you where you live?
TOTALLY, more than half of the elected officials and the majority of cultural events are queer oriented. I'd always imagined life is pretty dull for a breeder in this town.
Other than bars or clubs, where to people cruise in your town? Or don't they?
I've lived in Manhattan and the Castro in SF and I think that PS is hands down the gayest place I've ever called home. People cruise everywhere from the frozen foods aisle of the grocery store to standing in line at the post office.
Are there enough guys to date in your town? Where do you meet men?
One of the positive aspects to having a gay majority here is that there are innumerable potential activities and encounters that could turn a commonplace meeting to a serious romance (or sexcapade). You don't have to live in a bar or nightclub to socialize and mingle with other members of the LGBT community. Even the Palm Springs Art museum hosts an annual party just for desert queers that draws porn stars, celebrities, public figures and glitteratti. In addition to cultural institutions, volunteering and charitable interests are very popular in the desert. In addition to lending whatever support I can at the museum, I also support the Desert AIDS Project, Gilda's Club, and participate in regional outposts of the HRC, The Point Foundation, and GLAAD.
When you think of meeting and falling in love with "the one," do you envision the two of you settling down where you currently live? Or does that fantasy involve another town?
Many of the residents here are older, coupled transplants from Los Angeles, San Diego, or Long Beach. There are many committed couples here that appreciate being in a place where they can be themselves as well as enjoy the leisurely pace of desert living.
What do you consider the "most romantic" part of where you live? Why?
A warm summer eve on the main drag of doweening, when the moon is full and the stars are bright it's amazing to wander through the canyon or downtown.
If you could be Mayor of your town for one day, what would be the very first thing you'd want to accomplish or do?
I adore our Mayor and couldn't imagine improving on his performance. I'd take the opportunity to fulfill all of my inappropriate fantasies involving power constructs, corporate culture and public office.
Do gay men and lesbians hang out together in your town or is that just unheard of?
There don't seem to be as many ladies here as boys, but Dinah Shore is a sapphic answer to spring break drawing tens of thousands of ladies to the region.
Has your town ever had a "gay scandal?" If so, describe it -- but don't use names!
Gay Scandal? That's my drag name.
Do you have a hometown crush?
He's taken but I've not too subtly made myself available should their union take a turn for the worse.
What are some of the things you love most about your town?
The city is a monument and mecca for fanatics of mid century architecture and furnishings. Local estates and secondhand stores are a goldmine for lovers of modernist design.
What are some great restaurants for a romantic gay date?
I love eating outdoors at Copleys, both the cuisine and ambiance of Johannes manages to be both chic and charming, a cozy corner at Circa 59 for the sophisticate, or a table at the Purple Palm. Also wandering the grounds of The Parker you can find seated fire pits for making smores or enjoying a cocktail.
What was the last vacation you took? Where did you go? Where do you most want to go?
I travel quite a bit for work. But I've never actually been on a vacation. Sad, I know. When I do get time off I prefer to do something quiet and relaxing.
What are your favorite gay bars and/or dance clubs?
In town: Hunters, Toucan's, Mixies, Azul and Dink's.
What is the gay community like there? Do you consider yourself to be part of any particular "scene?"
I find myself partying with local kids out on the town as well as participating in the myriad of cultural organizations here in the desert. That's something seems fairly unique here. The Annual "Boys Party" at the Palm Springs Art Museum is one of the hottest of the year drawing major entertainers, club goers, celebutards and society doyennes. Previously, I had an administrative role for an August institution and things here are comparatively fresh with the support of progressive and forward thinking patrons.
If you had gay friends visiting from out of town for the first time, what are some "must-dos" you'd recommend?
Get breakfast at Cheeky's which is owned by a desert native whose ingredients are entirely local and baked goods TO DIE FOR. Get out on the patio and have a cocktail and a slider in a swing at Azul. Brunch at The Parker where the lush and fabulous grounds are romantic and lovely. Stop at the PS Art Museum, and a stroll down Palm Canyon to check out all the local boutiques and eateries. PS is considered a major destination for the region both culturally and for our community, but despite it's sophisticated residents I describe it as a village where familiar faces are all around you.
Where do the hot boys in your town tend to hang out?
Gold's Gym is popular with the muscle queens, adult performers, and gym fairies. The Courtyard at Koffi is always hopping with boys, and of course there's always Hunters, Toucan's, and of course my bedroom.
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