Our Mission Statement
The mission statement and scope of Oregon Bears, Inc. and its general membership is to organize events and activities that provide for the social enjoyment and camaraderie of its members, and to provide resources (financial and otherwise) to selected charitable organizations.
Oregon Bears, Inc. is a fraternal and social organization committed to fun and fundraising. Although essentially a “Bear” club, the Oregon Bears has always been inclusive and welcomes individuals in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. As a club, we routinely organize events and activities to provide social enjoyment and camaraderie to our membership and members of the GLBTQ community. Whenever appropriate, our events may double as fundraisers for local GLBTQ charities.
What is a Bear?
Traditionally, a Bear is defined as a heavier set, hairy, and masculine gay man. More often than not, a Bear sports some facial hair and dresses in a more working-class style. However, over the last 16 years, the Oregon Bears has helped redefine the term “Bear.”
There are many members in our organization that do not fit the traditional physical definition of a Bear and we even have several female members. The one common trait we try to foster as a club is acceptance.
If you accept yourself and others for the unique individuals that they are, then you are a Bear. Our belief is being a Bear is a state of mind. If you think like a Bear and have a Bear heart, you are a Bear.
Who Can Join Us?
You don’t have to be a Bear or Cub to join. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Wolf, Otter, Polar Bear, Panda, Pig, Puppy or even a Goldilocks – as long as you want to have fun and do some good along the way, you’re welcome to join our Big Bear Family!
Per our bylaws, membership is open to anyone regardless of sex, race, religion, political beliefs, country of origin, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Some Charities We Work With
Portland Q Center • Our House • Esther’s Pantry • Tod’s Corner • Cascade AIDS Project • Pivot (formerly Men’s Wellness Center) •SMYRC (Sexual Minority & Gender Youth Resource Center) • Veterans For Human Rights Campaign • Coastal AIDS Network