What Inspires Bear Nonsense?

Bear Nonsense was created in 2008 by Joe Tresh (working with close friends) to help create and promote Bear events for longstanding members of DC’s Bear community.

Bear Nonsense is essentially just Joe, who started organizing Bear events in Philadelphia in 1995, admin’d GenXDC during Y2K, coordinated events for the District of Columbia Bear Club (DCBC), took tons of photos at Titan’s Bear Happy Hour and Motley Bar, and now coordinates events for his own Bear Nonsense. He’s kind of a glutton for punishment, but is inspired every time someone says “I really love this event. Thanks for putting it on.”

Joe has also been inspired by the countless LGBTQ organizers who create joy out of original ideas. He is inspired by Joe H., the president of his first Bear club, The Liberty Bears, when he said “Hey have you heard about this Bear thing? Want to form a club?” He is inspired by Randy Stern, the visionary creator of the Gen-X Bears movement, who evangelized how a new form of communication – the Internet – would forever change the way people organize and socialize. He is inspired by fellow members of DCBC who for years put on one of the nations premier Bear runs, Bear Invasion. He is inspired by the original Bears who started BHHs at DIK bar in 2000. He is inspired by Glenn Mlaker, who opened his Friday nights at Titan to different groups, which eventually sparked the BHH that is dearest in most guys’ memories. He is inspired by Timur Tugberk who is an unending bundle of energy and new ideas. He is inspired by Eric, who created 495 Bears and helped create a Bear renaissance in the DC/VA area. He’s also inspired by this mustached guy who hosted an amazing Halloween Ball in Philly in the 90s, even if he can’t remember the guy’s name.

The name “Bear Nonsense” is a reminder that all of these words we use like “Bear” or “Cub” or “Woof” are all nonsense, but it is the people who are important. In planning events, we hope that Bears will get into all kind of good nonsense.

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