About Us

TGIF is a growing and thriving community based in the Central Valley that advocates for, and provides, BDSM education and kink awareness.

TGIF membership is recognized by many BDSM organizations in California and some BDSM organizations nationwide.

The Group In Fresno is a pansexual group whose main objective is providing members with education, resources, and a safe environment to practice safe, sane, and consensual BDSM.

Members of TGIF enjoy activities such as a monthly munch, educational and social events, and much more. To become a member of TGIF you must attend two (2) TGIF sponsored events and an orientation.
On August 27, 1998, nine people sat at two small, black tables in a local pizza parlor intent on spending a few hours meeting, socializing, and enjoying a meal with folks who shared a common interest in BDSM. This was the beginning of The Group In Fresno (TGIF).

The Group In Fresno was founded by Mistress Tawnie after she attended an event in Modesto and realized there may be a need for a similar community in Fresno. She was the first holder of the coveted Northern California title of Iron Domme and was a member of the Northern California Ladies Tea Society.

Mistress Tawnie led TGIF from 1998 to 2011 when she passed away and left the nonprofit she had built in the hands of the community that it birthed. 

Annual S/M Tasting
This is a great event to come and try different types of play in a safe, laid-back environment. TGIF invites presenters from up and down the valley to bring their skills and knowledge to teach various skillsets and provide people the ability to try something new! Some presenters also bring toys to sell. Definitely an event you don't want to miss!​

Northwest Leather Celebration
Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for all the leather tribes and offers a full weekend of education, fellowship, fun and the Northwest Regional Master slave Contest as well as the Northwest Bootblack Contest. TGIF occasionally hosts a Hospitality Party during NWLC, sponsors the event, and donates items to their auctions. Members of TGIF regularly volunteer to give back to the community at this incredible event.
Folsom Street Fair
Bigger IS better at this ‘only in San Francisco’ event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over the world converge. With over 200 exhibitor booths showcasing fetish gear and toys, it’s a pig’s dream. TGIF hosts its annual Spank-a-Thon fundraiser within our huge booth at Folsom, so come by and say hello! 
Anniversary Ball
TGIF's premier event! Education and classes galore, vendors from up and down the state, a Cigar Social and a Masquerade Ball over two days. Throughout the main day there is also a silent auction for wonderful items and toys followed by a competitive live auction during the ball itself! This is not an event you want to miss!
Annual Slave Auction
Come join TGIF Slave Auction Fundraiser New Years Dinner & Play Party! Join us for a fundraiser with a slave auction and so much more! Jump on the block as a bottom, top, or switch willing to play in a negotiated scene of your choice or interest. Maybe you have an educational skill set you like to put up for auction to teach? Or maybe you have a service that you provide to be auctioned off such as leather care domestic services, dinners, teas, or other kinky and non kinky services. There will also be Kinky toys and 'nilla items for auction to fight over...we mean bid on.