Welcome to to our 28th year of REAL BAD, 6th year of REACH, & 4th year of RECOVERY.

The best parties of the year are also the most charitable. This year’s Working Group is already hard at work planning the parties. A year’s worth of work, passion, love and commitment blend together to give our Circle of Friends unforgettable nights of fun as well as opportunities to actively participate in our community.

We are particularly excited to begin our non profit beneficiary nomination process. This is where YOU come in. We need your help to nominate possible organizations. We urge you to forward names of organizations you would like to see benefit. You can even nominate more than one organization, so if you know of any that fit the mission statement of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, we want to hear from you.

The mission statement of our organization is:

The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation changes lives by supporting organizations that promote a happy, healthy, and connected LGBT community.

Nominated organizations need to be official non-profits and be in line with our mission statement.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR NOMINATIONS TO davidh@grassrootsgayrights.org.

You should include the name of the organization, their website, a contact name if you have one, and any other information that will help us in determining if they are a good match for our beneficiary selection process. You can read about this process on our website here.

All nominations must be received by Monday March 7, 2016 to be considered

Grass Roots Gay Rights West (GRGR/West), producers of the annual REAL BAD fundraising party that follows San Francisco’s world-renowned Folsom Street Fair, today announced the fundraising results from REAL BAD XXV, which was held on September 29, 2013. REAL BAD XXV was a sell-out success. This year GRGR/West has raised $300,000 for worthy beneficiary organizations that create local impact in the San Francisco area. Two million dollars has been donated to community organizations over the event’s twenty-five year history.

Sixteen LGBT health and community service organizations are sharing the funds raised this year. The beneficiary organizations listed below will share 100 percent of the money collected from REAL BAD XXV general admission ticket sales, proceeds from REACH, RECOVERY, Flagging in the Park, and other events throughout our 25th anniversary year, and from our generous sponsors.

  • Aguilas
  • Alliance Health Project
  • Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network
  • GLBT Historical Society
  • Huckleberry Youth Programs
  • Lambda Legal Defense Fund
  • Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Center
  • Men’s Inner Journey / The Gateway
  • National AIDS Memorial Grove
  • Openhouse
  • Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)
  • Queer LifeSpace
  • San Francisco Suicide Prevention
  • San Francisco LGBT Community Center
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • Transgender Law Center

“I’m very proud of the results from all of our fundraising events, which pushed us over the $2 million milestone. I am equally proud of the team that worked so hard to produce these fun and successful events,” stated Loren Brown, event chair for REAL BAD XXV. “I would especially like to thank our circle of friends – sponsors, hosts, volunteers and attendees – for their long-term support and commitment, which allows us to raise the much needed funds for our local community”.

GRASS ROOTS GAY RIGHTS WEST, producers of the annual REAL BAD fundraising party that follows EssEff’s world-renowned Folsom Street Fair, announced the results from REAL BAD XXV, which was held on September 29, raising $300,000 for worthy beneficiary organizations that create local impact in the Bay Area. Two million dollars has been donated to community organizations over the event’s 25-year history. Sixteen LGBTQ health and community service organizations are sharing the funds raised this year: Aguilas, Alliance Health Project (AHP), Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network, GLBT Historical Society, Huckleberry Youth Programs, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Center, Men’s Inner Journey / The Gateway, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Openhouse, Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS), Queer LifeSpace, SF Suicide Prevention, SF LGBT Community Center, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Transgender Law Center

By Sister Dans Van Inquity

Grass Roots Gay Rights West, producers of the popular Real Bad dance party that closes out the Folsom Street Fair, presented its beneficiaries with a total of $300,000 raised at this year’s event. The donation means that Real Bad has donated $2 million to community organizations over the event’s 25-year history. Beneficiaries gathered November 7 at BeatBox where representatives of 16 nonprofit groups were on hand to celebrate GRGR West’s milestone.

(Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)