High Desert


Palm Springs Pride’s New General Counsel Has Deep Roots in Community

April 11, 2017, Palm Springs, CA --Greater Palm Springs Pride is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Barrett as its new attorney of record. Ms. Barrett will provide legal services, advice and assistance to Palm Springs Pride in all areas of non-profit law and general legal matters.

Barbara Barrett has been practicing law since 1983. She had a law office in San Francisco for many years and then a second office in Sonoma County. She opened her Palm Springs office in 2002. Barbara studied law at Golden Gate University. She taught writing and research at Golden Gate to first-year law students and was selected to be on Law Review. While in San Francisco she also performed pro bono legal work for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

In addition to serving as General Counsel for Greater Palm Springs Pride, Barbara is active in the community and serves on the Advisory Board Palm Canyon Theatre and is a volunteer with the California Innocence Project. She is founder of the We Care Free Mammogram Program, which is credited for providing 6,000 free mammograms to uninsured/underinsured women of Coachella Valley. From 2005-2015, she served as president of Desert Women for Equality and she has served on advisory councils for the Golden Rainbow Center, The Pride Center and The LGBT Center of the Desert. She has also served as a director on the board of Directors Desert Business Association and as a commissioner for the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission.

In 2010 her service to the community was recognized when Barbara and her wife Sharon Doty were presented with the Pride Honors’ Volunteer of the Year award.

"Barbara is an outstanding attorney, and respected advocate who is familiar with the legal needs of nonprofit organizations," said Ron deHarte, Greater Palm Springs Pride President. “We look forward to benefiting from her decades of leadership and experience as she renders advice and counsel on matters pending before the board.”

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Greater Palm Springs Pride as its general counsel," said Ms. Barrett. "Engaging as a volunteer lawyer to assist a nonprofit client like Pride enriches my life and gives me purpose. I believe that no matter what is happening in your life there is always some way that you can give back to your community.”


Greater Palm Springs Pride (www.pspride.org) is a nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community. Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since the first Coachella Valley Pride event was held in 1986.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization brings together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through its programs which include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, OUT PSP a food and drink event, the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, the unique Pet Pride Parade, and the downtown Arenas Rd. Block Party.

For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit www.pspride.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palmsprings.pride. The 2017 Palm Springs Pride Week is scheduled for October 30 to November 5, 2017.