Palm Springs LGBT center names temporary leader

Gary Costa

Gary Costa has stepped into the top staff position at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert (The Center), following the recent resignation of John O’Connor.

Costa was named interim executive director while the board conducts a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for O’Connor, who has started a new job as executive director of Equality California. Costa joined The Center staff earlier this year as O’Connor’s executive assistant.

Beginning in 1987, Costa has worked with and for many nonprofit organizations including the LA County HIV Planning Commission, Being Alive Los Angeles, and the Coachella Valley Autism Society.

Costa lives in Palm Springs with his partner, Stephen, and their 1-year-old terrier mix, Alton.

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