BritBears is a gay London based social group created by and for those who identify with the bear community.
The bear community is a thriving gay sub-community in London and one that is growing every year. As bears, we enjoy similar hot-spots and ‘safe spaces’ around the city for socializing at bars and clubs, shopping, working out, going a little wild and meeting new people.
Just like the bear scene, BritBears prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming entity and encourages its community of members and followers to utilize those businesses and brands that enrich the day to day lives of the bear community in whatever way that they do - be it big or small. We also believe that the bear community is one of the most welcoming within London’s LGBT scene and we encourage our members and followers to expand the scene through meeting new people, accepting others into their friendship networks and engaging with fellow members, and we promote this type of interaction at social gatherings, bear venue ‘takeovers’ and one on one conversations, as well as engaging members and friends through our website and social media channels.
We believe that interacting with others in the community encourages and promotes our vision of a friendly, welcoming and accepting environment.
BritBears annual membership offer members and their friends the opportunity to socialise at many BritBear organised events such as pub crawls, picnics in the summer, low-key gatherings or partner venue takeovers; all spaces that are inclusive and welcoming and where members can meet new people and hang out with their growing network of friends. There are also plans to hold a monthly BritBear member-only event at a partner venue. Memberships also offer a variety of discounts, concessions and/or offers at a large variety of partner businesses and brands around the capital. A full list of our partners can be found here.
Our partners are promoted by BritBears online through our website, our social media channels and at our events as key businesses for the bear community and we encourage our members to use our partner businesses for all of their shopping, eating out, relaxing and nightlife needs.
All money received from membership fees are put back into the club to cover costs such as website maintenance, marketing tools and events and the remainder is donated to the current years charities that help to serve the LGBT community.
BritBears is a not for profit team of volunteers, all passionate about bringing people together, helping promote bear and LGBT friendly businesses and brands and helping the charities close to the LGBT community with their tireless efforts to raise awareness of sexual and mental health.
THE BIRTH OF BRITBEARS
BritBears was created in 2018 by Brendon Veevers and Jay Wynne out of a mutual desire to do something positive within the community, for the community and its charities in HIV and mental health awareness, a love of the capital’s nightlife, a respect for the passion and creativity of the many local bear artists and appreciation of the many small businesses who create a welcoming environment for the LGBT and bear community. Since its birth, the BritBears team has grown to include some of the most passionate and committed members of the community who all play a vital part in delivering a positive and fun experience for all of its members.
Co-Founder & Director
Having lived in London between 2003-2012, Brendon returned to London in 2016 after spending several years in Sydney and San Diego. Always a lover of the London nightlife and bear scene, winning the Mr Bear London competition in 2017 opened the bear scene up further for Brendon who was always keen to create social events for those within the community; whether it was a bear takeover at the RVT or XXL or a getaway to Brighton; creating an open, friendly and social space for friends and meeting new people has always been something Brendon has enjoyed doing so it was only natural that he ventured down the path of co-creating something bigger for London’s bear crowd. You can usually catch Brendon out on the town donning either a unicorn t-shirt, glow-in-the-dark suspenders, a leather hardness or some fluffy pink legwarmers - or all of them together, while sporting a voluminous vanilla-scented ginger beard.
Co-Founder & Director
Jay came to London in 1998 on a mission to find a new career - and that he did. Twenty two years later, Jay is still loving London as much as he did the day he arrived; working hard in Wembley at the Crock of Gold pub. Jay’s friendly and approachable nature is known across London and his love of the bear community, the many ideas rattling around in his head and a craving to explore those ideas, along with a keen interest in organising social events and enjoying all the benefits that the London gay/bear scene has to offer, a partnership that encouraged diversity and acceptance in the bear and LGBT scene seemed almost written on the cards. Jay may have gotten older, his fur thicker, his beard longer and his paws much larger since arriving in London all those years ago but his community spirit and desire to do something to help the community has remained just as strong.
Treasurer & Secretary
Peter is Treasurer for BritBears and is regularly to be found out and about on London’s bear scene. The remainder of his time he spends moonlighting in legal compliance for a Bank in the City. Working as a lawyer and in banking, volunteering with BritBears is probably a vain attempt to save his soul and redeem himself by finally contributing something good to society. Raised in Cork, Ireland and moving to London from Dublin in June 2016 Peter is a relative newcomer to London. Having fled his homeland, Peter is also fleeing from 40. He is also a fitness freak and is often found lifting bags of Doritos and beer into his shopping trolley at the local supermarket.
A native of Texas, USA, Robert moved to London in 2016 with his husband, BritBears founder Brendon Veevers. Having worked in IT for his entire adult life, he was happy to take on the project of the BritBears website. Having lived in Texas, California, and Sydney, London is his first time living in Europe. In his spare time he enjoys going to the beach, tennis, movies, computers, and home remodelling.