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The Bears of San Francisco are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area Bear Community. In gay culture, a Bear is a large, hairy man who has a very rugged, masculine look. Bears are one of many LGBTQ communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity.

Started in 1994, the Bears of San Francisco organize fundraising activities to raise money for charity. They have contributed over $500,000 to a number of charities at the local, state and national level. BOSF is located in our lovely city of San Francisco, and currently has about 280 members in more than a dozen states and countries.

"The Bears of San Francisco is an all-inclusive community-based association that benefits the greater Bay Area through fundraising, service, and socializing." — BOSF Mission Statement

The Bears of San Francisco are not only raising a substantial amount of money for charity, but all their fundraising events are fun, creative and a great opportunity to meet fellow Bears! Some of these events include:

Bear Coffee — Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month @ Café Flore

It's a great place to grab a cup of joe (or Joe) and have a nice, quiet conversation with your fellow Bear friends. Café Flore also has a full bar and a menu if you're in the mood for a bite to eat, too. Enjoy the San Francisco summer on their outdoor patio with some Bear friends!

Bear Beer Busts

Hot bears, cubs and otters get together for an afternoon of fun, fur, food and more. There are shots, raffle prizes and a few surprises!

Check the Bears of San Francisco calendar for more events and information:

Want to become a member of the Bears of San Francisco?

  • Membership is open to interested persons 18 years of age or older.
  • All Members receive email announcements and reminders about BOSF Activities and Club related information.
  • All Members also receive discounts, our monthly Beverage Benefits and BOSF Merchandise including Club T-Shirts and Pins.
  • Additionally, all regular members are given the opportunity to vote annually on the Candidates for the Board of Directors as well as any other club related matters.

Regular Membership (eBear)

eBear Members receive all of the benefits described above via email. BOSF knows how annoying it can get to rely on reminders to renew your membership. So, for you long time members that know you will be around, they offer extended memberships that will not only avoid yearly reminders, but can also save you money.

Associate Membership (AssocBear)

Associate Members may not vote on the Candidates for the Board of Directors or any other club related matters, but receive all other benefits described above. Associate membership is intended for those who live outside the Bay Area or otherwise find it difficult to attend BOSF Activities. Extended associate memberships are not available.

Learn more about membership rates here:

Bears of San Francisco
584 Castro St. #266
San Francisco, CA 94114

Contact: [email protected]