MAX is a social organization for gay men and their friends. It stands for three things: Men, Activities and Xtra Value. Our goal is 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 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 a fun, open, diverse and welcoming community and a great alternative to meeting people through an app or at the bars. Through MAX events, people regularly meet old friends, meet potential friends, 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.
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