LGBTQ Travel Guide

Palm Springs is the home to a thriving LGBT community that truly shapes the direction of the city. Here, you can let your hair down and be yourself under the desert sun.  It’s  a hip oasis for the LGBTQ traveler. While people enjoy visiting Palm Springs for the weather, architecture, and to relax, there is more to Palm Springs than meets the eye. Come out, come out, however you are.


The heaviest concentration of LGBTQ businesses in Palm Springs is on E. Arenas Road, between S Indian Canyon Drive and S Calle Encilia where the local community has worked hard to create an open-to-all-gaybourhood. They specialize in high-end t-shirts, tank tops, swimwear and art designed to make you stand out. Palm Springs Piercing is your go-to spot for world-class piercing and body modification expertise and the highest quality body jewelry for many types of piercings. GayMart has all sorts of items from speedos and glitter to poppers and mesh shirts. Always worth a visit and you never know quite know what you’ll find.

Gay Mart USA window

Bear Wear Etc has a wide range of fashion and accessories, not just for the bear man. They bring fashion and style to all in our community, recognizing that not all can have the “perfect body” and that some people actually prefer a more mature and robust body type.

Things To Do

Ditch the car and stop by BIKE Palm Springs Rentals to rent a bike by the half-day, day or week. This gay owned business is renown for their friendly, prompt service which includes free maps, locks, helmets, and advice for the best touring routes to take in the area’s highlights.

bike palm springs

Gay Bars & Lounges

Street Bar is a staple for many locals where you will find fun, camp entertainment, cute bartenders and affordable drinks. They may just have the largest chandelier in Palm Springs. Hunters Palm Springs  offers DJ beats, an occasional BBQs, karaoke, cabaret and other themed events. Get ready to party on their large dance floor. Quadz is an energetic sing-along spot that plays classic pop, Broadway show tunes, and musical theatre music video clips that are always popular with their LGBTQ audience and make it such a fun place to start any night out.

Blackbook Bar is a Gay Palm Springs gastropub! Judging from how quickly Blackbook has taken its place as a cherished part of the LGBT community, their craft cocktails, attentive service, and an excellent menu is a recipe for success. Toolshed is our gay leather bar and the home bar for Palm Springs Leather Order Of The Desert as well as the Desert Pigs Motorcycle Association. Expect go-go dancers, DJs and a solid line-up of leather events to tempt you. Chill Lounge  is a spacious tempting you in during the day with cocktails in a sleek, contemporaneous space indoors or to chill in their large outdoor patio. Here you can catch a drag show.

Friends dining at Blackbook

Toucans Tiki Lounge  is a fun lounge on the North part of Palm Springs with a cool and fun tiki theme with weekly drag queen performances. It fits great into Palm Springs laid back and understated sophistication vibe.

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