By David Wallace
This day, Palm Springs' gay-owned companies are flourishing, or even the Palm Springs artwork Museum cashes in by way of web hosting homosexual fundraising occasions. relatively a transformation from the Sixties, whilst an area pastor used to be run out of city while it was once stumbled on that he used to be homosexual. yet something remains to be lacking from Palm Springs—a background of the city's transformation from a wintry weather kinfolk lodge city right into a year-round, world-famous homosexual vacation spot.
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At least one of these pioneering women was the community’s first doctor and, if circumstantial evidence is to be believed, was one of the earliest lesbian residents: Florilla White. Circumstantial evidence, however, is about all one has to go on, since a century ago lesbianism was carried on behind tightly closed doors. Lesbian love was beyond mention; in fact the word wasn’t even used; one reason being that when Palm Springs was in its infancy, only one in a thousand people knew that such re- David Wallace 35 lationships did or even could exist.
Foat, who in later years would be physically, emotionally, and legally abused by a husband who had no compunction about implicating her in a murder to save his skin, would become a spokesperson for abused women. ” Not surprisingly, when she first ran for Palm Springs’ city council in 2003, the lurid story of twenty years past was dredged up by the local newspaper, the Desert Sun, in a fashion that can only be described as exploitive. “For 11 months in 1983,” Brian Joseph wrote in the community’s journal of record, “she was a celebrity of the worst kind, a figure of similar prominence to Sam Sheppard or O.
Then the rumors moved into high gear when, in 1932, twenty-eightyear-old Grant met another young actor, Randolph Scott, on the set of a Paramount film named Hot Saturday. ) Something clearly clicked between the pair, since they soon set up housekeeping together in a small apartment and then in a delightful, 5,000-square-foot Spanish Revival house on West Live Oak Drive near Griffith Park in Hollywood. ••••• To many of their contemporaries in the film capital, there was little doubt that Grant and Scott were lovers, and Grant’s “gayness” was openly discussed.
A City Comes Out: The Gay and Lesbian History of Palm Springs by David Wallace