Add Event Gay Palm Springs Palm Springs is best known as the "playground of the stars," a reputation earned during Hollywood's Golden Age when the friendly little desert oasis was both close enough and far enough away to appeal to the silver screen's A-list. With an average of days of annual sunshine and degree mountain views, it's easy to understand the appeal. Robert Moon , the current mayor, is gay, as were the two previous mayors, along with most city council members. Many hotels, restaurants, and businesses are gay-owned, and most are gay-friendly. But if you're looking for a big-city atmosphere with a booming club scene, you need to look elsewhere. Palm Springs is a quiet, relaxing resort town.