Brothers of the Desert hosts a quarterly speaker's series on a variety of relevant topics that interest and impact our community. This programs came out of an expressed need to continue to offer educational and emotional support that stemmed from feedback from our annual wellness summits and through our membership meetings.
Brother's of the Desert holds an annual Wellness Summit, the second Saturday in November. The purpose is to provide connection, eduction, and opportunites to share and heard from thought leaders on how to support our communities and ourselves.
The summits aim to be interactive, engaging, entertaining, and thought provoking. We convene an array of guest presents and workshop leaders on a variety of relevant topics that support the overall health and well-being of Black gay men.
Brothers of the Desert is joining with Safe Schools Desert Cities (SSDC) in awarding scholarships to LGBTQI students in the Coachella Valley and surrounding area.
We are partnering to collaborate with SSDC to offer a Brothers of the Desert scholarship for students 22 years of age of under (primarily high school students). We have comitted to three scholarships for the next three years beginning in the academic year 2021.
"To recognize outstanding Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex (LGBTQI) youth who, through their participation, dedication, and initiative, have helped foster a positive self-image among other LGBTQI youth."
The idea of Brothers of the Desert began at a New Year's Eve progressive dinner celebration in 2017, with a small group of Black gay men who collectively wanted to make a difference in our community. As we built our organization, we wanted to keep New Year's Eve as a tradition for us to celebrate our growth, build connection with out communities, our brothers, and all throughout the country while building an opportunity to invest in our group's future. Who knew that what began as a small progressive dinner party would grow not just in numbers, it would become one of our signature events, embraced by the community and organizations throughout the country.
Following the theme of the first dinner, each New Year's Eve Dinner & Fundraiser (based around a four course wine pairing gourmet meal) has its own theme and location. With this event our fundraising ability has increased each year, along with our ability to reach more people and support more programs and services.
We invite you to take a look at our celebration throughout the years and to please joins us for our 4th annual New Years Eve Dinner and Fundraiser 2021, it promises to be spectacular!