Two-Stepping with a Purpose in Jamaica Plain
Gays for Patsy (GFP) is a Boston-based, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of Country/Western dance enthusiasts dedicated to sharing the joys of dancing while raising funds for groups serving those in need. We organize a variety of dance events, dance workshops, trips, retreats and other social activities, sponsor the ReneGAYdes performance team, and provide support for other nonprofit community groups through fundraising dances and direct grants.
In 1991 we incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization under the name GFP, Inc., with the dual purpose of promoting Country/Western dancing and providing assistance to service-oriented groups. Since incorporation we have donated over $40,000 to diverse area organizations, have provided numerous dance performances and demonstrations nationally and internationally, and since 1993 have sponsored Lambda Ranch, a smoke-free and alcohol-free dance which has introduced hundreds of people to the world of dancing. We boast a membership of over 100 active members, and strive to provide them with opportunities to socialize, improve their dance skills, perform, and at the same time contribute to the community.
The Larger Community
Gays for Patsy is a Member Club of the International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs (affectionally known as “Iggle Wiggle”). The purpose of the IAGLCWDC is to promote country western dancing, activities and music to all persons without regard to age, sex, gender or gender identity, religion, national or cultural origin, sexual orientation, disability or HIV status.”