What we're about

This group is for gay/bi men and gay-friendly guys who either work from home, are semi-retired, or fully retired and have time during the day (mostly weekday but open to early evenings and weekend day events too) to socialize with others in and around the DC metro area.

There are tons of groups geared for people available after work or weekends, but less so when you're wanting to do things with others during the workday. I often try to program events where we pair an event with a meal to allow more social time to interact with other members. We're open to all ages (18+).

The group is about men who have time during the day to meet with other men who share similar interests for social time. This includes a wide range of activities including museums, conversation topic events, lunch, music, walks, visual arts, nude social events, day trips, and much more!

If you don't have a face profile pic, please update with one. I prefer that all who RSVP for events have a profile face pic (not blank or a logo or some other generic photo). It helps build a community within the group and put a face with a name when we meet in person.

The focus is on in-person group activities, not virtual connections or one on one meetings outside of group events. While I know that the temptation may be great to contact with guys here (for hook-ups or otherwise), I request you refrain from sending personal messages prior to meeting someone at an event. Meetup groups are intended to bring people face-to-face, in a safe place where connections can naturally happen. Of course, once you meet someone at a group event, you two can do whatever you want outside of the group. Any member with a clear face profile pic who has attended at least one event can post a new discussion. Please refrain from discussions that are only intended to set up one on one meetings.

All are encouraged to host an event at some point, and this can be leading a group to a venue (doesn't need to be at your place). If you join and then never return to the group online or don't join us at an event within 6 months of joining, I'll assume you don't have weekday free time or interest and may remove you so that we can maintain a group of actively engaged members (you can re-join when you have time).

Once you join, you will receive a welcome email containing TWO survey links which will help me understand your activities & interests and conversation topics you might enjoy for future events. Open to almost all activities if there's interest among some members to attend.

Please be mindful of your schedule and intent when you RSVP for an event. No-shows or frequent last minute cancellations will reduce the quality of our meetup for all. If you learn you can no longer attend after you respond YES, please simply change your response to NO to avoid disappointing others in the group. If you're placed on the waitlist, it means IF a spot opens up, you're ready to join us. So, please remove yourself from the waitlist at any point when it would be too late to attend if you got a last minute notice that a spot opened up -- and please check the platform pre-event to confirm the status. No-shows will be removed from the group.

As I look for new ways for our members to connect (especially in real life via events), I have added another online opportunity via this new "closed" Facebook group @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcgaybuddie... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcgaybuddies/)

Need another reason to join us? Check out this article "How casual daily interactions protect your health"

“People with high levels of what psychologists call social integration — those who participate in a broad range of relationships that consist of both intimate and weak ties — tend to be healthier and happier.”

Full article link:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-casual-daily-interactions-protect-your-health/2018/07/06/fc62a468-4e33-11e8-84a0-458a1aa9ac0a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0f5a24c55405

All participants in events agree up front that they accept full responsibility for any injury or loss and will not hold host and organizer responsible in any manner.

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