PICTURE DIARIES: Bears! Bears! Bears!

Kemptown welcomes Bears from Bath to Buenos Aires to the city.

Hundreds of Bears and their admirers descended on Dorset Gardens in Brighton Kemptown on the hottest Saturday of the year (June 17) for the annual Brighton Bear Weekend Bear-B-Que and Picnic.

This year’s picnic, the busiest yet, featured for the first time a main stage with entertainment provided by Dave Lynn, Jason Thorpe, Mysterry, Spice, Wain Kara Douglas and Brighton’s only LGBT+ choir, the Rainbow Chorus.

Volunteers from Lunch Positive, the HIV lunch club, prepared delicious burgers and salads for the hungry Bears raising £1,247.50 for their funds, while volunteers from The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum ran the bar raising £1,558 towards their funds.

Other events during the weekend included the Bears Quiz at the Camelford won by the team from Brighton & Hove Sea Serpent Rugby Football Club; a welcome and registration party at Bar Revenge hosted by the lovely Spice with London DJ Alex B banging out the tunes and after parties at Envy, Latest Bar and Subline.

All monies raised by Brighton Bear Weekend are donated to the Rainbow Fund, who make grants to LGBT+/HIV organisations in Brighton and Hove, who provide effective front line services to LGBT+ people in the city. The final total raised for the Rainbow Fund during Brighton Bear Weekend will be announced on July 10 at a thank party at the Camelford Arms.

Brighton Bear Weekend is a volunteer led organisation.

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