MAX is a social community for gay men and their friends. Our goal is provide gay men in the San Francisco Bay Area with social events and to build camaraderie.
Our members join MAX to form real relationships with real people. We are a fun, open, diverse and welcoming community where everyone is welcomed to contribute to the group's overall success. Through MAX events, people regularly meet old friends, meet potential friends, lead, support and participate in interesting events, and have fun.
MAX (originally known as Men’s Associated Exchange) was established in 1988 in response to the AIDS crisis. Out of fear, many gay men had stopped going out; MAX’s purpose was to create a “safe space” for gay men to socialize. Within a short time, it had grown to over 1000 dues-paying members who participated in dozens of activities each year. After an eight year hiatus, MAX was revived in 2016.
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Jim W. Tom
Jim was a member of the original MAX. He has championed various MAX events that included dine arounds and that involved the outdoors such as Yosemite and hiking. Now retired, Jim had worked as a commercial real estate appraiser and last handled the western U.S. states. He had served on the board of Open House, a non-profit dedicated to LGBTQ senior services and housing. Raised in Hong Kong and Mexico, Jim currently resides in Dolores Heights.
Jerry Tusan has hosted many popular MAX events including beverage tastings and several of our My Favorite Place monthly dinners. He currently works as a wine distributor in San Francisco. He first joined Max in 1994 and was originally active in the East Bay MAX. A third-generation Californian, Jerry splits his time between his two homes in San Francisco’s Diamond Heights and the East Bay.
Dennis Lam has been working in high-tech for over 30 years and a resident of the mid-peninsula. He is a foodie and loves to try out different cuisine of the world. He likes to go to the movies, especially enjoys indie and foreign films; movies that tell a compelling story. His other interests also include traveling, cooking, gardening, exercising, swimming, indoor rock climbing and other outdoor activities.
Bruce Cecil is a native Kentuckian who has lived in the Bay Area for the last 12 years. Before that, he lived in Southern California. He has served previously on the MAX board, as well as on the board for Discovery Community. He previously worked as a journalist and a mechanical engineer and currently is an educator. Bruce lives in Berkeley.