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What is Babes Around Denver aka BAD?

BAD’s mission is to inform and connect the community while supporting charities for women, children and LGBT causes. We provide social and recreational opportunities for the lesbian community. Through these events, BAD serves as a conduit for political, community and charitable organizations to spread their messages and to receive our support. Although BAD is principally an event planning business, we donate a portion of our proceeds to charity every quarter (scroll down to see the list of charities we’ve supported). BAD is an inclusive group and is committed to supporting and promoting diversity at all events. Although we’re primarily an organization for lesbians, we warmly welcome all our LGBT friends and straight allies.

BAD History

BAD began in the fall of 2002 when a group of women were discussing their desire to get together for happy hour on a regular basis. Given the lack of women’s venues, Dede Frain, consummate networker and tireless organizer, sent a single email invitation for a “December Happy Hour”. After the second happy hour, Dede realized that the network was growing fast and she officially started First Friday in March 2003!  First Friday has grown dramatically over the last tenyears with attendance now exceeding 1,500 women, ranging in age from 21-80+ EVERY month. Everyone is welcome at First Friday and the diversity of our guests is truly amazing.

BAD partners with several strategic charities including The GLBT Center of Colorado, The National Center for Lesbian Rights and One Colorado. We also support and promote many non profit and political events in the Metro Denver area and this  fosters our mission of connecting the community. We just hosted our 128th First Friday and IT’S STILL THE LARGEST AND LONGEST RUNNING MONTHLY WOMEN’S PARTY IN THE NATION . We continue to appreciate the loyalty and support we have received from the entire LGBT community in Colorado.

Dede Frain

Dede Frain

Founder – Babes Around Denver LLC

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