German Bear Pride celebrates 35 years, features online voting for Mr. Bear Germany contest

From November 20 to 25, German Bear Pride in Cologne will celebrate 35 years of activity in the Cologne Bear Community.

Since 1984, the bearded men from Cologne – in connection with other bear groups in Germany and Europe – have spread awareness for the interests of the bear community. 

In times of dating sites and social media, things have not gotten easier, but bringing people together in physical spaces is still very important. For this reason, the bear community in Germany continues to show their colors, be present, and engage with and for the community. 

On Friday, November 22, the election of Mr. Bear Germany 2020 takes place in Essigfabrik, Cologne. Online voting for the 6 candidates has already begun. The election of Mr. Bear Germany 2020 will take place as part of Friday’s Bears and Beard party. 

On Saturday evening, guests are invited to the PIPE party, which will take place in Cologne’s top club BOGEN 2. 

See the full schedule of events below!

For more information about German Bear Pride in Cologne, please visit To vote for your favorite Mr. Bear Germany contestant, please visit

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Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson (He/Him) is Senior Staff Writer at Gray Jones Media, and additionally works as a writer, editor and theatre artist/actor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he studied at Dillard University, received a BA in Theatre from Morgan State University, an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and completed the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Programme in 2017. Having lived in Baltimore, the Washington, DC area, Philadelphia and New York City, he now resides and works in London, United Kingdom.

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