In 1988, a dozen or so HIV+
gay men from Washington, DC met during a clinical trial. They decided
they needed a break from the lab coats and statistics, so they threw a
party. Naturally, they all invited "a few close friends". Word
spread, and in the end, several times as many people as they were expecting
showed up! Everyone just wanted to have some fun. The drug they
were getting in the trial is long since history, but the parties that they
started are still going on. After all, everyone still needs to have
Since 1992, the "Socials" (as they're officially called) have been assisted and advertised by us, a DC non-profit organization called the Health Options and Positive Energy Foundation, Inc., also known as "The H.O.P.E. Foundation", and more casually as HOPE DC.
|HOPE DC finds friendly people
who want to throw a Social, and then spreads the word about them to the poz community.
The Socials are held in individual homes in DC, MD, or VA,
typically once or twice a month, usually on a Saturday evening, bringing
together 50 to 100 primarily single gay males. Although the socials are intended
primarily for HIV+ gay men, all are welcome. This is an uncomplicated,
friendly, upbeat bunch. Discretion is respected. And we also have a very large Brunch once a month at a DC Restaurant.
Since the Socials are held in different locations each month, directions are available through our web site, or by phone at 202-466-5783. There is no "membership", but those who wish to do so may join our Yahoo! Group, to be notified of upcoming socials. and we also have a very active "Secret" Facebook Group with over 500 members.Please like our Fan Page!
Our next Social will be held on Saturday May 18, 2013
in Arlington Va
To get address and directions
join our Yahoo Group, "TheMonthlySocial"
Please be aware that the socials are private events, usually held at the home of the host. HOPE DC does not direct the socials, nor provide security services for them. As such, HOPE DC assumes no liability for the behavior of guests, for lost or stolen property, or the physical security of guests on or near the premises.