Norway Bears (Den Norske Bamseklubben) seeks to provide a setting in which gay men of all ages can meet, establish social networks, enjoy each other’s company, and have fun together.
Norway Bears has grown into a sizeable organization with members of all ages who come in all shapes and sizes.
Norway Bears is part of a greater international movement, which, both in Norway and elsewhere in the world, includes men who define themselves as bears, chubbies, cubs, and chasers. It is not uncommon for our members to be in so-called age gap relationships, or that men in one age group seek a partner in a different age group—daddies and admirers. In Norway Bears, the guiding principle has always been that all men are welcome as long as they share the organization’s ideals of inclusiveness, caring, and social engagement. We both cultivate and take pride in our masculinity. Acceptance of each other as we are, and not what some people think we should be, is an important ingredient in our club concept.
Norway Bears is a local organization based in Oslo, where most of our activities take place. Our members, however, come from all areas of Norway. Norway Bears also has close ties with similar organizations in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Copenhagen.
Norway Bears arranges regular gatherings and parties in Oslo. There are events open to the general public, as well as members-only events. Bearpubs are held the last Friday of each month in a local pub. A couple of times a year, several events are scheduled to take place on the same weekend so that out-of-town members can attend more than a single event.
Social networks established through events sponsored by Norway Bears often take root elsewhere in Norway and sometimes result in new circles of friends and even structured groups, as has been the case in both Hedmark and southern Norway (Sørlandet).
Norway Bears has its own culture group that arranges attendance at theater performances and other cultural events. Tours within Norway or abroad are also arranged from time to time.
Norway Bears publishes its own member magazine, Bamse BraKar, and an electronic newsletter is sent on a regular basis to all members. Local chapters organize their own activities.
Norway Bears has as its goal to contribute to the well-being of as many gay men as possible, and wishes new members welcome who are also open and accepting. Should you wish to contact us, or know of anyone who might wish to contact Norway Bears, please contact us using our feedback form or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find us other places on the internet as well
- Open page on Facebook, communication mainly in English – www.facebook.com/NorwayBears
- Closed group, communication mainly in Norwegian, but feel free to join and ask anything you like in English as well – www.facebook.com/groups/2467171404
- Twitter – twitter.com/NorwayBears
- Gaysir, the main gay community chat site in Norway, mainly Norwegian language there as well – www.gaysir.no/interaktiv/grupper/visgruppe/index.cfm?&GID=156