Bearing Witness: Remembering International Bear Rendezvous

Bearing Witness: Remembering International Bear Rendezvous  
Thursday, February 16
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
Admission: $5.00; free for members
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Winners of the 2006 International Mr. Bear competition. Photograph by Ted Buel; used with permission from Bears of San Francisco (BOSF).

From 1995 to 2011, the Bears of San Francisco produced International Bear Rendezvous (IBR), an annual gathering that celebrated older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who had been largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay popular culture. Guests arrived from throughout the U.S. and beyond for a Presidents Day weekend of fun, fundraising and friendship, culminating in the International Mr. Bear competition on Sunday evening. In its 17 years, IBR raised more $500,000 for LGBTQ charities. For this living history panel, organizers and participants will come together for an evening of laughter, insight and remembering about this foundational event for the bear community.