Be proud of what you are! Be proud of what you've become!
Join the bears and cubs on Saturday morning @ Houston Park (Montana & St. Vrain) at 9:00 am and march with pride with the El Paso Pride Guard joining us as well!!
Bring your gear if you want!! If you don't have gear, you can always wear a black tank top!!
We'll have some bear pride flags, but bring extra ones if you want!!
Contact us if you have any questions!!
Wear sunscreen!! It's going to be hot!!
Dear Whoever The Fuck You Think You Are,
I would like to personally congratulate you on making an ignorant and idiotic page on Facebook, promoting nothing but hate, selfishness, and ignorance. If you're wondering who I'm talking about, it's you; Gay Confessions El Paso.
It's bad enough some people in the gay community are full of hate, bitterness, and resent... By you making this page, you're making all these feelings grow bigger. I thought we were supposed to be a community that's respectful, eager to make new friendships, and in the long run, get acceptance in any way possible. Do you realize the message you are bringing to younger generations with your hateful posts, and your negativity?
Not only does it piss me off that you're talking bad about a group that you probably know nothing about, but you're insulting my friends, my community... My brothers. The Bear Society has made themselves known for being more than a social group. We are more than friends. We consider each other brothers.
I find it quite interesting that you would post a picture of my friends, who love and respect their relationship, but yet you bash it, trying to compare it to something that has nothing to do with other bear communities. The reason why people belong, or want to be part of The Bear Society, is because they like Bears, identify with them, or feel comfortable in one way or another. They like feeling the love, respect and unity that the group brings.
Yes, while El Paso is still trying to grow in many ways, I don't think it's fair for you to judge people based on their appearance. We started small, but have done things to earn the respect of the community. Last weekend, we had a fundraiser for one of our brother's mom. She is currently a Stage 4 Cancer patient, and you should have seen how much support our brother got for his mother. He even received additional donations from people we don't even know.
I care a lot about my brothers, and I will do anything for them. I'm not about bashing other people, or insulting their efforts to make either a community or their business grow, and I don't think you should either. Before you judge anyone or start saying mean, derogatory things, you should get to know them first. You don't know all the effort that goes into making a change for the better, and clearly, you don't appreciate it either.
I hope that in the near future, you will find peace in your heart, and see that your efforts to bash people in a negative way will take you nowhere, and leave you with a lot of people disliking you.
We are very excited once again to bring back our Bear Bust Fundraiser!! This time we will be having it at our new home bar/club, Club Prism. If all goes well, we'll try to make it our monthly fundraiser!
There have been recent submissions for applications to join The Bear Society, and while we cannot approve them without reviewing them, we are very happy that so many men out there have taken an interest in joining our social group. We have fun, we go out together, and make new friends all the time!
We'd like to thank everyone for keeping us in mind, and we promise that better things are still yet to come!
On another note, we've had several inquiries also about what they can wear at our bear busts, and bear events... The answer is simple; Anything that you feel comfortable in (except your birthday suit, of course)! We'd really like to see all of the bears in our wonderful city out there making their presence known. It's been a good half year, so let's keep making it even better. Even so, we've had the opportunity to see some bears that we had NEVER seen out, and that makes us very happy!
We hope to see you out this Saturday @ Club Prism. If you have any questions, don't hesitate in contacting us either through here, or through our Facebook page!
The Bear Society Brothers
As some of you might know already, we have been planning the first Bear Pride Weekend here in our wonderful sun city, and we're very excited about it. Although we cannot make the event as big as we would like to, in the end, it's just about coming together as a group, having fun, meeting new people, and bonding together.
We will keep you posted about the Growl Fest Weekend, but in the meanwhile, don't forget to go keep checking the Bear Calendar, for upcoming events as well! Our next event will be our Bear Bust, being held at our new club/bar, Club Prism. While we're on the subject, we'd like to thank Vanessa Alanis, Bar Owner, for letting us host our fundraisers, and our future events here! We're very excited to be working with her and her wonderful staff! Also, if you plan on attending our Bear Bust, don't be shy and bring your leather gear, your undies, or whatever you feel good in! We will! ;)
Thank you again for all your continued support and love for the big & hairy!
I understand that while not everyone likes big, hairy, or even fat guys, that doesn't mean that you have to bash on things that you know nothing about. I base my friendships, and my relationships with my other bear friends as pure, and "brotherly". Because that's how we feel about each other. We feel we are brothers. We have each others' backs by any means necessary.
I don't like to judge anyone based on what their preferences are, neither their looks.
All bullshit put aside, we are here to make friends, and to try to unite a community in a way that we gain respect for doing so as well.
I don't know about you guys, but it feels nice to walk into one of the bars/clubs, and people see you, and say "Hey Mr. Bear" or "Papa Bear" or "Daddy Bear" or even "The Bears are here!". You know why? Because we make our presence known by how we act towards EVERYONE.
We're not assholes, we're not conceited, and mostly, we are not judgmental. We feel that we've earned the community's respect by our fundraisers, our parties, our cookouts, get togethers, and being there for one another. We treat each other with respect.
Yes, I know that I'm chubby, or even fat if you want to call me, but I'm damn proud of it.
I have no reason to hide who I am or what I like.
I will always LOVE hairy guys, whether they are fat, muscular, or chubby, and nobody should judge me based on that, just like I don't judge you for being skinny or thin, wearing make up, or even wearing heels sometimes... That's your choice and I applaud you for being so courageous for taking the initiative to be seen like that in public. If you love it, good.
Just don't flaunt it like you're the greatest thing that ever happened.
Nobody's perfect. I know I'm not.
While being a bear is NOT JUST about masculinity, ruggedness, and pride, why would you solely base your opinion JUST on that, and not look at all the other great things that bears are.
If you're ever hungry, you know WE WILL GO EAT.
If you ever feel like having a drink, you know WE KNOW HOW TO DRINK.
If you need help with something, some of us know how to be mechanics, plumbers, artists, accountants, and even nurses!
My point is, just be happy. Don't be negative. Live and Love. There's so much wasted energy when a person acts negative towards people, and it shouldn't be that way. Much love my friends...
So just yesterday, we got an email from one of our visitors to our website, and here's what it said:
"Why is a bear society here in El Paso so concerned with sex, drinking and other illicit activities. Yet no other beneficial activities have risen?"
We take this kind of comment seriously, because we don't want anyone to be thinking something different than what it really is about our organization.
We all talked about it, and here's what we have to say about it.
Dear Concerned Bear,
In reference to your concern for a “Bear Society here in El Paso”, We’d like to make clarification to which bear organization you have concerns about. To be quite honest with you, this could be any bear group since we know of several in El Paso. On behalf of The Bear Society of El Paso, we would like to clarify with you if you any misconceptions in reference to our organization. For starters, it’s in your best interest to address this matter by possibly supporting your “concern”, directly to the organizations founders with substantial details. So many people in El Paso criticize the gay scene on how superficial everyone is and how everyone is focused on the wrong things. Most of those people who complain about it ADD to the drama and the superficiality and illicit activities, so it’s possible that you might have been misinformed. In addition, this would be great feedback for the organization to be informed about any misconceptions of its image.
Groups and organizations are run the way they see fit. Unfortunately, since there are other groups out there with “illicit” agendas, we or other bear/gay social groups cannot be held accountable for their actions or activities. As many organizations, The Bear Society is governed by its members and bylaws. Under Sec. 2.0 of Memberships, we hold accountable anyone who is not upholding their membership responsibility. Since TBS in the early stages, of becoming a respected organization, any ideas you see may be helpful, feel free to join and draw your own conclusion about the group.
Furthermore, inform the organization about your ideas and what you consider “other beneficial activities”. Currently, we are working on fundraisers to support a cause. It takes a lot of time to develop a website, Facebook page, bear shirts, bear magazine, etc. As you may very well know, in the business world it takes money to make money. Our developer and President, Alejandro, takes a lot of pride in his work and is always up for suggestions and opinions from individuals as yourself. We would like to personally extend an invitation to you, not only to join our events, work outs, brunches, and social gatherings, but also a chance to know us as well. Unfortunately, many individuals believe that filling out an application is plenty to become part of our organization/group. Individuals are highly encouraged to take part socialy. Ensure we get your contact information and stay connected to receive the invite for our Meet & Greet event. We will post the time on our website very soon, and see for yourself the close knit of friends which are there for one another. Best of luck to you, with hope that Concerned Bear turns into Carefree Bear in the future.
The Bear Brothers of The Bear Society
Well kids, as some of you know, and might have heard by now (especially those of you who have Growlr), apparently there is going to be an attempt to create another "Bear Club" for El Paso.
I think it's interesting that there is the initiative to do this, but what brings me uncomfort and uncertainty, is how serious is this guy in making this "club"?.
First of all, here is what I think; The problem with what he wrote on Growlr, as one of our friends informed us, is that he not only insulted the other group, with facts that don't really pertain to forming a group like this, but it's also not necessary. I mean, first of all, you're saying that you didn't agree with how the other group who didn't "make it" was because all they would do is get together at member houses and have orgies. Then again, you're promoting this "club" on a website that promotes sexual activity. You can't sit there and tell me that Growlr is a website to make friends only. As far as I know, and from what my other friends tell me, who HAVE Growlr, it's a site/app to hook up with guys. Right?
Second of all, it's a shame that you had to say this about the past group, because you'll bring doubts about YOUR group, and maybe others that are out there, in this case, OUR GROUP. For the record, fellow readers, we formed this bear group so that we could make friendships with other bears, make memories, make unforgettable outings, that you want to share with everyone else. Like I've told the other members of our group; if you, and your partner, or whomever, decide to have sexual encounters, that's really none of our business. It's your own personal life, and you choose what to do with it.
Regardless of what happens, I'm here to tell you, as a friend, and a confidant, that our bear group stands. We are extremely happy with what we've done so far, including our AWESOME Bear Newsletter, and we have a couple of more things up our sleeves that we're in the process of developing for everyone out there. All we ask from everyone is that we are given the patience and respect that everybody deserves. We promise that things will be greater, and you'll make or have those moments that you'll remember for a long time.
Pride month comes to an end, we say goodbye to another year full of glitter, rainbow boas, enormous sunglasses, rainbow stockings and bracelets, but we keep the memory of how great of a year it was.
We just came back from Gay Pride Albuquerque, and it’s nothing like I had seen before. It really was something different to feast your eyes on.
The parade was interesting. I must’ve seen more than 50 organizations, businesses, and even churches all together come and support the community. What surprised me the most had to be the churches.
As we were walking up the parade to get to the beginning of it, we saw a group of protesters with their signs and banners, shirts, a P.A., and just shouting hate.
Of course nobody was paying attention to them, so everyone carried on to the parade as usual. But… These assholes still had the nerve to get in the parade at the end, and protest. I can’t remember the last time I saw so many angry lesbians yelling. Hahaha!
I think what made the best out of it, was a gay guy standing in front of them, and popped one of those tubes that you pull a string and confetti blows up. Everyone cheered as the confetti hit their faces.
After the parade, we went to a local restaurant, called The Frontier Restaurant. Apparently this is a famous restaurant in Albuquerque, since it has quite a large menu, and the lines to order food are long as well. The good thing about it is that they must have like 10 people taking your order, and more than 20 cooks in the kitchen, so it was pretty quick to get our food.
If you ever get to take a road trip up there, make sure you try their Frontier Burrito. It’s amazing.
We drive up to Albuquerque Pride Fest, being held @ Expo New Mexico, so it was fairly large. I have to say that the amount of people that showed up to this 36th Annual celebration, are really into their pride.
Boas, glitter, rainbow stockings, boys in short shorts, and men in leather shirtless, girls with their kids, women with their partners. It’s great!
After being discouraged a bit with the morons protesting at the parade (yes, they have their freedom of speech), we stumbled upon a booth which I’m sure we’re all familiar with. PFLAG.
One of the members came up to us and said “Did you guys get your PFLAG sticker already? I’m a PFLAG mom”. We said no of course, she put the sticker on us, and she gave us a big hug and said “Happy Pride”. It’s stuff like this that we should not take for granted.
We all go through many things. Breakups, hard times, but it’s the people that you surround yourself with, that make the difference in your life. I don’t know about you guys, but that mom giving me a hug meant a lot. I wish there was more like that everywhere.
At night, you have to hit up Sidewinders, which is probably the neighborhood dance bar of any city. It was interesting to see so many different kinds of people, and see how they can manage to have fun one way or another.
Whatever it is you choose to do in Albuquerque for pride, make sure that you keep in mind all the people that put the event together, and thank them for all their support and hard work.