Acknowledgement of Country
Harbour City Bears acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we are on. We acknowledge their continuing connection to this land and to culture. We acknowledge the significant contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to this Country and recognise the important role they continue to play within our diverse communities.
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.
Harbour City Bears is Sydney’s only community group for bears – hairy gay men – our admirers and friends. We hold over 140 events each year – with weekly socials, quarterly dance parties, regular dinners and other outings through the year culminating in our two annual festivals, Bear Essentials & Bear Pride. Currently we have over some 1200 members making us the largest Bear association in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere!
We Are All One Bear Family
There have been instances in the past where attitudes have been shown which do not align with what we strive to be, attitudes which belong firmly in the past. We aim to move beyond these and forward to a more open, friendly and inviting community.
Any vilification of any person by age, gender, orientation, size, race, or any form of personal shaming to any member, guest or venue employee will not be accepted. Equality, acceptance and kindness should be the norm, not the exception. As a group, we are a minority within a minority, we should never be putting down others, but raising everyone up to a higher standard and being respectful at all times.
The Harbour City Bears committee, as always, reserves the right to discipline any member found breaching these guidelines as per the Harbour City Bears constitution. Any non-members found to be breaching the above may be asked to leave any of our private events.
If you ever feel uncomfortable at any of our events, please feel free to see one of our committee members immediately, who will always be wearing either a committee shirt or a committee badge and we will address your concerns as best we can.
If you wish to submit any complaint/details via email or anonymously, you can do so here. Any submissions are treated with utmost privacy.
The Harbour City Bears Committee
The Harbour City Bears constitution is available here.
Is there someone that you think deserves a life membership for their dedication to the bear community?
Harbour City Bears Constitution
- September 2019
"6. Appointment of life members