HRC to Launch New Partnership with Destination PSP to Promote LGBT Equality


The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization is excited to announce the launch of a new partnership with local Palm Springs merchandising and marketing company Destination PSP. Destination PSP will exclusively be carrying brand new, one-of-a-kind HRC t-shirts, along with other signature HRC merchandise. The debut of exclusive merchandise coincided with Palm Springs Pride and HRC’s Annual Garden Party.

“Despite all of the groundbreaking progress the Human Rights Campaign and its partners have made for the LGBT community, the fight for LGBT equality is far from over,” said HRC Creative Director Don Kiser. “Since its inception, Destination PSP has been working with nonprofits throughout the region to raise awareness for important social causes, and we’re honored that they have chosen the Human Rights Campaign as their first national partner. We hope these new products can help raise awareness on the continued push for full equality.”

Jeffrey Bernstein, co-owner of Destination PSP added, “We believe that quality merchandise is an excellent gateway for nonprofits to raise funds while enhancing their brand and increasing awareness. Working with a national organization such as HRC is especially important, allowing us to help raise awareness, generate resources, and spread the word about their efforts.”

The exclusive t-shirts made their debut at HRC’s Garden Party on November 7th and are available for purchase in Destination PSP stores. Offered in both grey and purple, they feature HRC’s signature logo along with images showcasing the warmth and vibrancy of the Palm Springs community.

This partnership was the inspiration of long-time HRC board member and local business leader Andy Linsky. “The Valley is one of the nation’s most welcoming communities for LGBT people and their allies. It is a perfect fit for HRC to have a presence in Palm Springs to inspire and empower people to fight for their rights. I am particularly thrilled about our partnership with Destination PSP, a leading high-end merchandising and marketing company, which has also created local products for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Desert AIDS Project, Coyote StageWorks and others.”

For the latest Destination PSP news and product information, visit their website. Visit their stores at 170 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262 and at the Renaissance Hotel at 888 Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262.


Organizations to host variety of events in support of
Aids Assistance Program – Food Samaritans Launch

AIDS Assistance Program – Food Samaritans (AAP) is pleased to announce a series of events hosted by friends and partner organizations that are designed to benefit the expansion of its health-sustaining food voucher program to low-income Coachella Valley residents with any serious chronic illness, in addition to HIV/AIDS.

Providing nutritional support to help improve the lives of local residents living with HIV/AIDS since 1991, AAP will expand its mission to include other low-income people living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses beginning in January 2016. With approximately $250,000 needed to get the program up and running, partner organizations have stepped in to assist with fundraising efforts by hosting a variety of events in the month of November:

Gand Band-A-Go-go – a reception featuring the Chicago sound of the Gand Band on Saturday, November 14 at Zelda’s Nightclub from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Drawing from musical influences that include Motown, 1960’s Psychedelic, Spy Music, Chicago Blues, and Ultra-Lounge, the Gand Band’s dynamic husband and wife team of Joan and Gary Gand are hosting this event to kick-start the fundraising necessary to launch Food Samaritans.


22nd Annual Palm Springs Open – an international tennis tournament Friday, November 27 – Sunday, November 29 at Mission Hills Country Club, Monterey Country Club, Plaza Racquet Club and Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. Run by the Desert Tennis Association, a non-profit corporation that organizes tennis events and raises funds for local charities, the tournament attracts more than 300 LGBT players from around the world.

Admission is free to the public. Visit for a complete schedule of matches.


Gamma Mu Foundation presents “Transition into the Season” on Friday, November 27 at 5PM, a festive party to kick off the holiday season. Located at an exclusive private estate in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, guests will enjoy entertainment, hosted bar, and a delectable array of appetizers at this reception benefiting both organizations. Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased at or by calling the AAP office at 760-325-8481.


“I’m thrilled that our announcement about expanding AAP’s food voucher program to include those with other chronic illnesses has been so well received by the community,” stated Mark Anton, Executive Director of AIDS Assistance Program. “There’s a real need among the less fortunate in the Coachella Valley, particularly during the holiday season, and we are extremely grateful to all the individuals and organizations who have stepped up to support this new endeavor. It warms my heart to know that so many people care enough to act.”


Also scheduled during Thanksgiving weekend, AAP presents ‘Eat, Drink & Be Merry’ on Saturday, November 28 at The Bougainvillea Room at Spencer’s Restaurant. The evening will begin with cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. and a smooth jazz and blues performance by local singing sensation Keisha D, named Best Vocalist in McCallum Theater’s 2008 Open Call competition. Festive cocktails, delectable cuisine, and valet parking will be included, plus a special opportunity to surprise some of AAP’s most unfortunate clients with gifts for the holidays. Tickets are $175 per person and may be purchased by calling 760-325-8481 or visit