By David Wallace
This day, Palm Springs' gay-owned companies are flourishing, or even the Palm Springs artwork Museum cashes in by way of website hosting homosexual fundraising occasions. relatively a transformation from the Sixties, while a neighborhood pastor used to be run out of city whilst it was once came across that he was once homosexual. yet something continues to be lacking from Palm Springs—a background of the city's transformation from a iciness family members hotel city right into a year-round, world-famous homosexual vacation spot.
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Today she walks the streets of Palm Springs recognized as a city council member and (at the writing), as mayor pro-tem of the city who just happens to be a lesbian in a longtime committed relationship with her partner, Pamela Genevrino. But twenty-five years ago she was—thanks to a vicious media feeding frenzy fueled in part by the right-wing, antiabortionist, anti-feminist movement—notorious as a twice-accused murderer. Foat’s abusive husband, Jack Sidote, had implicated her in the murder of a hotel executive in Nevada.
I didn’t come for the golf, I came for the party,” she laughs. ”) Foat may have come for the party, but what really transformed her life was a defining attribute of the community: its atmosphere of tolerance; of people “accepting the other’s talents,” she says. “I can’t remember when I last went to an all-gay party here,” Foat added, rushing to a city council meeting. “You go to parties now and it’s always straight and gay together, both accepting the other’s talents. I also can’t remember any issues that have come before the city council that pitted gays and straights against each other.
Knowing that the drought would end one day, and realizing that there were no facilities for people to stay in the tiny community, he built the area’s first hotel, appropriately named the Palm Springs Hotel. Cut ahead twenty years or so. The dedicated women mentioned earlier, who were then called “angels in skirts,” began to arrive in force in the hitherto male-dominated village. ) In the winter of 1912 Florilla White, born into a Utica, New York, farming family in 1871, visited Palm Springs and stayed David Wallace 39 at Murray’s hotel.