Board of Directors
Philip is our board president. He joined the board of the Foundation in 2018 as the 2018 Events Committee Chair… Read more ↓
Andrew joins our board this year after 3 years on the events committee …” Read more ↓
Miguel joins the board this year as the Events Committee Chair…” Read more ↓
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The legend lives on…
The tradition of the Circle of Friends began in 1989 when a group of friends came together to host a celebration of life. Though the first REAL BAD dance event was small, those who attended knew the event was special and that it would continue for years to come.
In the early 90s, many event organizers in the LGBTQ community focused primary on raising money for AIDS- and HIV-related organizations. The organizers of REAL BAD, however, wanted to emulate an East Coast organization with a broader focus—Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund (GRGRF). The goal of that organization was to support groups defending LGBTQ rights and working for policy change. Inspired by GRGRF, Grass Roots Gay Rights West (GRGR/West) was founded in 1991 to pursue similar goals in the Bay Area through the REAL BAD party.
Initially, the organizers chose a different beneficiary each year, and they selected organizations dedicated to the advancement of LGBTQ civil rights. The beneficiaries received grants from the event proceeds, and many nationally recognized non-profits were recipients. Over time, the success of REAL BAD allowed for a second organization to receive funding from the event proceeds each year.
Now some 30 years later, REAL BAD has become the preeminent dance event of the Folsom Street Fair weekend with over 2000 men and women dancing the night away and generating funds to support many valued service organizations that serve the Bay Area LGBTQ community.
The REAL BAD event operating and production costs are covered by the event sponsors, in-kind donations, and funds from host registrations. This approach allows 100 percent of general admission ticket sales to go directly to the beneficiaries.
For a complete history of the evolution of the REAL BAD party, please click here.
In more recent years, the Foundation has branched out to present other fundraising dance events during the year including RITUAL over Dore Alley weekend. These events generate additional funds that go to our beneficiaries. The Foundation is also pleased to work closely with organizers of and support the beneficiaries of Flagging in the Park a premier outdoor flow-arts fundraising event held monthly between May and October in the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
And most importantly, over the last 30+ years, we have raised and granted to charitable organizations over $3 million!