Bare Chest Calendar  


Bare Chest Calendar

Looking for a fun, sexy way to engage the community and give back? For many living with HIV/AIDS, the struggle is very real, and you can make a difference. To date, 400 men have appeared on the pages of the Bare Chest Calendar. For over three decades, Bare Chest Calendar Men have been a huge part of the San Francisco community.

As a cool and dynamic fundraising project, we have raised over $2 million for PRC and its program, AIDS Emergency Fund. Through a series of contests, Bay Area men compete for the chance to appear on the calendar and be part of the Bare Chest Calendar Team. The 2019 Calendar marks our 35th Edition and will be the final print version. As we move into a new decade the Bare Chest Calendar will continue to evolve, Team 2020 will represent a new and exciting experience. Once selected, Calendar Men appear at events between June and December with the primary goal of raising needed funds for AEF and PRC.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to compete? If you live in the Bay Area, you are 25 years or older and self-identify as male, then you are eligible to compete. Candidates of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and body type(s) are encouraged to compete. You need only possess an interest and willingness to: appear on the Calendar, fundraise and promote BCC events.

Will I have to get on stage? Yes. Part of the Contest includes an on stage interview with the emcee. This allows the judges a chance to evaluate how you present yourself in a public situation, as Calendar Men become spokespersons for AEF, PRC and MillerCoors/DBI Beverage, our Presenting Sponsor.

Do I have what it takes? If you feel sexy shirtless and you are willing to have fun while raising much needed funds for those living with HIV and AIDS, then yes you do.

What kind of commitment will I need to make to compete? This year will consist of many events for Team 2019. However, each calendar man chooses his level of commitment. It’s less about how much you commit to, and more about keeping the commitments you do make.

The Process

What is the process for competing to be on the Bare Chest Calendar?
Finalists compete at one of several Preliminary Contests between February and April, culminating at a pageant-style Finals Contest on Saturday May 19th, 2018.

Step 1: Review Orientation Packet
Step 2: Complete Application Survey
Step 3: Social Media Challenge
Step 4: Powerhouse Prelim Challenge
Step 5: Auction Challenge, 2nd Bar Appearance
Step 6: Finals Prep Meeting
Step 7: Finalist Interviews
Step 8: The Finals Contest

Important Dates For All Finalists. To be eligible to compete in the Finals Contest on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, the following dates are significant; but, only the interview and photo shoot are truly mandatory. If you choose to compete, please mark these dates in your calendar.

Finals Prep Meeting: Saturday, April 21th, 12:00–3:00PM
Finalist Preview Party: Sunday, May 12th, 2:00–7:00PM
Finals Interview 1: Thursday, May 17th, 6:00–10:00PM, or;
Finals Interview 2: Friday, May 18th, 6:00–10:00PM
First Team Meeting: Thursday, May 31st, 6:30–9:30PM

The photo shoot will take place from June 2nd through June 10th. All finalists should keep this time frame as clear as possible; photo shoots will be scheduled at the first Team Meeting on Thursday, May 31st, 6:30–9:30PM.

Social Media Challenge Upon completing the orientation survey, you will be asked to send a shirtless image of yourself. We will mask the image and add the BCC logo and post it to our Facebook page. Your challenge is to obtain 50 “likes” for both the Bare Chest FB page and your image. Once achieved, you are a finalist and ready for your Prelim. In the event you do not have a social media presence, we will provide an offline alternative for you.

Powerhouse Preliminary Challenge This takes place at the Powerhouse Bar on the first 3 Thursday nights between 7:30pm and 10:30PM, beginning February 1st through April 19th. The purpose of this challenge is to support our home bar and raise much needed funds. It is also the first event at which finalists receive scores from the judges.

Auction Challenge, 2nd Bar Appearance The purpose of this challenge is to provide finalists with more exposure and the opportunity to network with Team BCC. You will be provided with a sponsors T-shirt that will be auctioned off. The winning bidder will join you on stage and take off your shirt.

Finals Prep Meeting Finalists are required to attend a Finals Preparation Meeting. This meeting is an opportunity to find out how to effectively compete as a Finalist. We will review the Finals scoring system, fundraising goals, and assign your finals interview date. We will also review the various sections of the contest itself. You will also make your final commitment to the events and meeting dates for Team 2019. Following the meeting, Finalists will attend a casual luncheon, providing a chance for you to get to know one other and ask additional questions.

Finals Contest The Finals contest takes place at 3:00pm Saturday, May 19th, 2017, at DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street in SOMA. Finalists will compete and appear on stage, with the 12 or more Calendar Men and their months being announced at the end of the event.

Our 2018 Photographer

Team BCC is very excited to have inkedKenny (AKA Kenny Yip) join us this year as our photographer. inkedKenny is renowned photographer in the leather/fetish world, having photographed poster images for Folsom Street Fair as well as having been published by way of Bruno Gmünder, The Men of inkedKenny. You can see his work at



Bare Chest Calendar Copyright, all rights reserved 2015

Background photos by James Scott Geras, Rick Gerharter, Joe Mazza, Michael Smith, Dennis Tyler, Steven Underhill, Bill Weaver, Tim Wong