Welcome to Carolina Bear Lodge! Where you can join a great group of guys and have a grrreat time! Carolina Bear Lodge was formed in 1994 by a group of guys who didn't fit into the typical gay roster. The Carolina Bear Lodge had its first meeting in Charlotte, NC. Membership is open to anyone who is hirsute/bearish or who simply admires them. There are no physical characteristics required for any type of membership. CBL was formed to give members of the bear community a social outlet to call their own and a means to meet like minded men in an accepting environment.
We all have a responsibility to be good citizens in our communities.
I am generally proud of our membership, and would like to remain so in times of stress and uncertainty like this. One of the things that the board really emphasized on throughout this pandemic was public safety - we didn't want to let the world see groups of bears going out to events, not performing best practices to keep everyone safe. Be responsible for yourself, but also for all of us - so in the future we can enjoy the camaraderie of our members safely together again soon.
There’s already entirely too much animosity towards social aspect of our events, and anything we can do to help stop the stigma will only pay back in dividends. There are also a LOT of people who are desperate for things to get back to normal. We are human beings and touch is an important thing. I'm certain there are many of us who miss the hugs and kisses associated with welcoming friends, myself included.
We will begin to slowly and cautiously introduce our upcoming events, which will include strategies for safety. Hoping to follow the guidelines of the healthcare community and to lead by example. Now, it’s your time to shine and do just that - for yourself, for those you care about, and for the sake of our LGBTQ community.
Be safe, Be well.
Javier - Webmaster
Mr. Bear Hunt
Please welcome Daryl Cates
the winner of Mr. Bear Hunt 2019! Daryl originally hails from South Carolina. He is an award winning Florist.
James Martin Lifetime Membership & Billy Wolfe Leadership Award
given to a club member who contributed greatly to the Carolina Bear Lodge and to the Bear community of the Carolinas over an extended period of time.
given to a club member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the Carolina Bear Lodge during the current year.