2023 Pride poster done by Palm Springs pop artist, shows support for those in drag community

In his art, Wayne employs iconic imagery infused with a slightly twisted sense of humor to transform what could be dark images into fun, playful art that aims to bring a smile to people’s faces.
Palm Springs resident and pop artist Trevor Wayne is the poster artist for the 2023 Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival and Parade. (Photo: Greater Palm Springs Pride)

Palm Springs Pride organizers announced Monday that Trevor Wayne, a pop artist and resident of Palm Springs, is the poster artist for the 2023 Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival and Parade. The commemorative Pride celebration poster showcases Wayne’s iconic artwork.

“I am thrilled and honored to be chosen to create the art for Palm Springs Pride this year,” Wayne said. “I was approached to do this before the theme was selected, and I could never say no. But once I learned about the theme, I couldn’t have been happier.

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“Following last year’s ‘Say Gay’ theme, I’m glad that Pride is addressing this issue. I have many friends who are professional drag queens, and I want to show my support.”

In explaining the artwork, Wayne said that he focused on the fact Palm Springs is a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community.

“I wanted to create something that welcomes them,” said Wayne, “so I thought of a roadside scene to represent searching for acceptance. To signify drag without excluding certain types, I put a hand coming out of a high heel with lipstick. I went for a positive representation — Lady Liberty as the hand — showing that everyone deserves hope and freedom.

Palm Springs Pride President and CEO Ron deHarte said the poster perfectly represents this year’s theme — “Drag Now. Drag Forever.”

“(It)reflects the theme and encourages the community to come together and support the drag community while opposing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that jeopardizes freedom and equality for all,” said deHarte.

In his art, Wayne employs iconic imagery infused with a slightly twisted sense of humor to transform what could be dark images into fun, playful art that aims to bring a smile to people’s faces. As a child, he drew inspiration from the art he saw on merchandise like backpacks, mugs, and stationery. This influence played a significant role in shaping his artistic path, and he recognizes the joy that everyday items can bring.

Wayne sells merchandise featuring his art to various stores across the country. Notably, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art store houses the largest collection, second only to Trevor’s own store, the Trevor Wayne Store, located at 901 N. Palm Canyon Drive.

Palm Springs Pride Week, presented by the City of Palm Springs, is the largest annual event in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley’s largest multi-day gathering of LGBTQ+ individuals.

The 37th annual LGBTQ+ celebration is scheduled for November 3 through 5 and will feature a traditional lineup of Pride events that honor the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Parade and Festival will take place in downtown Palm Springs and will showcase multiple stages of live entertainment as well as an exhibitor marketplace.

The Palm Springs Pride commemorative poster and merchandise will be available soon at the Trevor Wayne Store and Destination PSP. For more information about Pride Week activities, please visit pspride.org.

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