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Bears in Lauderdale is a community initiative presented by WMEG Community Marketing and Events, Hotspots magazine, promoters Chuck and Greg King and Eagle Bar Wilton Manors.


“BEARS IN LAUDERDALE” Moves Dates out of an Abundance of Caution

FOR­T LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Due to the rise of the Delta Variant, the producer of Bears In Lauderdale, WMEG Events, decided to move the dates of “Bears In Lauderdale” out of an abundance of caution. The new dates will be February 9-13 and include many of the fabulous events that have been advertised, including the much talked about “Beach Party” starring Kristine W and Sexy DJ Dan DeLeon with an opening set by DJ Rent Boy. 

 “We produce events for the community to have fun and to raise money to give back to our community. However, the last thing we would want to do is have an event that would negatively affect the attendees” said CEO Jeff Sterling. “Therefore, my management staff and I decided the correct thing to do would be to move the dates of Bears In Lauderdale. I would like to thank the City of Fort Lauderdale for their support and flexibility. I would also like to thank the Beach Party talent: Kristine W, DJ Dan Deleon and DJ Rent Boy for accommodating this change. We are sure Bears In Lauderdale will be even more successful in February and we welcome bears from around the world to come experience what Gay Fort Lauderdale has to offer.” 

“Bears in Lauderdale is destined to be a new fixture on the calendar of events for the Bear Community and their admirers,” said Chuck King, one of the organizers.

The week’s activities include a slew of parties at Wilton Manors’ and Fort Lauderdale’s hottest bars and nightclubs including a Furball Underwear Party, the first Mr. Lauderdale Bear contest, and a Bear and Leather Ball. 

“Greater Fort Lauderdale is the LGBT+ capital of Florida, and we are proud to have a thriving resident bear community that is ready to welcome bears of all ages to our authentic and inclusive paradise, said Richard Gray, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Visit Lauderdale, the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “We have the wonderful possibility of this becoming one of the largest bear events in the world and are thrilled for all bears to experience first-hand what makes Greater Fort Lauderdale so inclusive and so very special.” 

Bears In Lauderdale is produced by WMEG Inc. in collaboration with the Bear Community, promoters Chuck and Greg King, Eagle Bar Wilton Manors, Hotspots magazine, LeatherWerks, Visit Lauderdale and more than two dozen sponsors and business partners. 





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