Having virtually celebrated their 10th anniversary last summer, including some fantastic tea dances and the Mr Brighton Bear 2020 competition, the Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) will be running from Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25, BBW 2021 will kick off with the fabulous and ever so slightly competitive BBW quiz. Other activities will include the legendary garden party and of course the incredibly popular , and fully inclusive Mr Brighton Bear competition. There is a call for contestants on their website now.
Mr Brighton Bear 2021 will win a £100 cash prize and a fabulous Mr Brighton Bear sash & crown, with the runner up pocketing a handy £25. As with last year’s competition, we’ll be asking you to provide photos of yourself relating to three fun categories – Beachwear, Night-out-on-the-town & Wear what you dare. Details on how to enter here:
If you’ve attended BBW before, you’ll know it’s always great fun. Most of those partaking in the frivolities tend to be bears, cubs and even the stray otter or two, but everyone who is a friend of the community is welcome. The event always attracts furry (and not so furry) men and their friends from around the world.
Proceeds raised from the entire weekend (including profits from the sale of exclusive BBW merchandise) go to The Brighton Rainbow Fund, a charity which in turn channels funds to a range of local charities benefiting the LGBTQ+ community.
Graham Munday, chair of BBW organising committee, said: “We’re thrilled to be back, staging another live BBW. This year the emphasis will be on getting people out, having some fun in the sun, supporting each other, our venues, and the talent.
“Many people have lost friends, families and jobs, so whatever we do will be respectful of that. Likewise, some of our favourite bars have sadly disappeared during the pandemic, and those that have made it through l need our support more than ever. We look forward to welcoming everyone to what we hope will be a wonderful, safe, celebratory BBW!”
As you can imagine, staging big events like this takes some doing. Everyone involved is a volunteer and the guys are keen to hear from anyone keen to donate some their time to help make the weekend a huge success. You’ll be working with a crowd of people who are fun, sociable, hard-working and committed. Find out more by CLICKING HERE and for further information regarding specific events taking place within the weekend, CLICK HERE and subscribe to their newsletter for updates.
BBW is proud to support The Brighton Rainbow Fund, which provides needs-led, grant-based funding to Brighton & Hove-based LGBTQ+ volunteer-run groups, providing frontline services in/for: community safety, HIV/AIDS and Health & Community Development. Recent recipients of grants include The Rainbow Hub, Rainbow Families, Peer Action and Brighton LGBT Switchboard. More details can be found by CLICKING HERE.