Circle of Friends

Our Hosts are at the core of the Circle of Friends tradition of our events and support of our beneficiaries: friends inspiring friends to gather in celebration to benefit community. Hosts provide the funding to produce the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation season of events so that 100 percent of the REAL BAD general admission ticket price is donated to our beneficiary nonprofit organizations. And they truly host our events as the primary source of tickets — creating, through their Circle of Friends, REAL BAD’s uniquely familiar, intimate and playful atmosphere.

Returning Hosts

Returning Hosts receive a sign-up email with their individual Eventbrite link each year.
An informational email was sent to Hosts on April 23. If you are a returning Host who has not received your email, let Josh know at

Returning Hosts will sign-up on Eventbrite from May 7th – 13th.

A personalized link will be sent to each Host at their email of record prior to sign-up. The link is only active during the Host sign-up period.

Hosts need internet access during Host sign-up and must complete their Host Package purchase before sign-up ends (11:59PM on May 13).

Purchase includes: Host Package ticket, REACH ticket(s) and optional VIP tickets only.

General Admission e-ticket codes are sent separately to Hosts via email in August.

Host Package

  • One Host VIP ticket with the following privileges: Separate VIP entrance, Access to VIP room, Free VIP coat check, three complimentary beverage tickets, & in-and-out privileges until midnight.
  • The opportunity to purchase up to two additional VIP tickets at $135 each, with all associated privileges.
  • Up to five REAL BAD XXIX General Admission e-tickets codes for distribution to your friends. Each code is good for purchase of one $95 General Admission e-ticket, the lowest ticket price available, and only available through Hosts.
  • One or two REACH tickets
  • One REAL BAD XXIX T-shirt
  • One REAL BAD XXIX Host music selection (produced from the live recording at the event).
  • Name listed as a REAL BAD XXIX Host on

New Hosts

2017 New Host Sign-Up is now closed.

New Hosts are randomly selected by lottery after the conclusion of Host Sign-Up.  The number of new Hosts selected is dependent on the total number of returning Hosts. All lottery participants will be notified by May 16. The selected participants will have until May 21 to sign up as Hosts.

Host Communication

Make sure you continue to receive host communication from REAL BAD.

Some Hosts have reported finding communication from REAL BAD, including Host Sign Up instructions in their mail program’s Spam folder.

Please check your spam folder for previous emails and set your mail program’s preferences to recognize and as a preferred or VIP senders.