MAX is a social community for gay men and their friends. It stands for three things: Men, Activities and Xtra Value. Our goal is to work together as a group to provide gay men in the San Francisco Bay Area with a large roster of social events that offer the greatest value possible for a fair cost. We work as a team to create our own original programming, plus work in concert with other organizations to promote their events in order to provide as many social options as possible to our members.
Our members join MAX to form real relationships with real people. MAX is more than a great alternative to meeting people through an app or at the bars; we are a fun, open, diverse and welcoming community where everyone is asked 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.
Learn more about our current roster of events here.
See the new initiatives MAX introduced in 2019 here.
Join MAX here.
Nicky Wade is MAX Chairman. When he is not contributing to MAX, he is a healthcare executive. Nick moved to San Francisco a little over a year ago knowing few people, but -- after attending a TGIF -- became a vital contributing member to our community. Nicky lives in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood.
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.
I have been a member of both the ‘old’ (starting in 1992) and the ‘new’ MAX. Over the years, I have been actively involved, participating in many events, and was a board member in the ‘90’s. I have lived in the City since 1994, and currently reside in Noe Valley, and enjoy biking, the gym, and travel. I look forward to serving on the board as Communications Director.
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.