Workin' It (Part 2)

Dede Frain
Founder, Babes Around Denver

Originally from Brooklyn, and a former Captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp, Dede Frain has always been a consummate networker and tireless organizer. Since there were no women’s venues in Denver, Colorado, and Frain’s circle of friends wanted to meet up regularly, she decided to begin hosting happy hours. After a few successful events, Frain realized that the network was growing fast and there was a business opportunity at her fingertips. So in 2003, Frain started First Friday and Babes Around Denver to host events that benefitted social, charitable and political organizations of interest to the LGBT community and its allies. Frain says, “I strongly believe in inclusiveness and connecting people of all ages and walks of life.” Over the last six years, “First Friday” has evolved into the largest standing party for lesbians and their friends in the United States, serving more than 1,500 women each month. It’s no surprise that she has now also branched out into networking theater parties, and recreational outings.