How we started
The GOLDEN STATE BEARS came to be in September 1994 with the idea of meeting
the kinds of guys you want to be around. Regular guys that like to be around
other regular guys. The group originated for the purpose of getting together
with other Bears, Cubs, and Friends without having to leave the San Joaquin
For those of us who live in the Central Valley
Region, the club provides a means of social support without having to make a
constant pilgrimage to other cities to meet bear-minded folk. However, we do
have members from outside of the area - mainly in San Francisco / Bay Area, but
also Sacramento-ish, Los Angeles, and even out of state!
We need your support, input and encouragement.
Who bears are
Most of us are hairy, but a few of us are not. Visually, we are the furry or bearded, often husky guys in the crowd. We range in age from young cubs to gray ol'
Grizzly Bears. We are comfortable with our own sense of masculinity. We are not
necessarily perennially youthful or have a full head of hair.
Whether you are hairy or not, being a bear is an
Also, GOLDEN STATE BEARS doesn't limit itself
only to big men. We have members of many sizes. Our club is inclusive, and we
have never told anyone they weren't big enough, hairy enough or pretty enough to
Why a Bear Club
The foremost reason to form a Bear club is to assemble the kinds of guys that
you would like to get your paws on.
Short and sweet: a Golden State Bear is a member
of a fun social group!
But aren't these bear clubs just sex clubs? There
are some bear clubs which are exclusively sexual in nature. The Golden State
Bears is a social group for gay Men. Most of our events are social in nature;
but as we are gay men, there may be a sexually oriented event. If we do have a
sexually oriented event, it would always be identified as such and no one will
be pressured to attend.
For application to join the club, visit our home bar, The Phoenix, or click on Contact Us
More about the Golden State Bears
We have decided to put together
a Bear club in the Fresno area as a means to meet Bears, Cubs and friends of
Bears in a secure and friendly environment. The club also has fund-raising
activites for non-profit organizations.
Having a financial base allows the club to engage in social
and recreational activites. For activities and events outside the Fresno area we
need to be able to rent a bus, for example. To participate in area fairs and
pride events we need to cover entrance and booth fees. For public and private
parties and events your money goes toward food and drink. The club has ongoing
printing costs for flyers, posters and pamphlets.
Also, we are in
constant correspondence with other nation-wide bear and social clubs that
involve mailing costs. The club currently produces Golden State Bear T-shirts and tank tops, pins