- In big cities and in province in fact there are a lot of bears. But most of them are not able to make coming out, to reveal their real "bear" self, to join bear gatherings, they are afraid of publicity, fear to loose families and job. That's why many of them are coming to Moscow and join our events here.I admit that later somebody will succeed in a bear project that would be profitable as well as popular and would contribute to bear communication. But it is very difficult to achieve.
-Have you been at bear parties in Europe, Japan and the United States? Where is bear community developed most?
-Up to present time I have not got a chance to participate in big bear events abroad. I've just managed to join particular entertainment establishments in Europe and Japan which are popular among bears. In fact I've got an interesting experience there. For example, at the Canary islands one may very easily get to know a lot of bear friends from all over the world who relax there. Many of them were pleasantly surprised with the fact that there is a bear movement in Russia and were eager to visit our country.
Speaking about most developed places for bears I'd recommend, no doubt, Madrid and Barcelona where big events are taking place annually. There is overwhelming number of bear bars, clubs, saunas. One should not forget the famous bear week in early September in Sitjes. Besides swirling club life in Spain, same-sex marriages there were legalized. I am sincerely happy when I see Spanish bears showing their wedding rings.
In Europe, besides Spain, many big bear events are being held in Germany and Italy. The American bear movement is the strongest because the US were the birthplace of bear culture. But I haven't yet got there. Looking forward to be there. Que sera! Everything is still ahead!
- What are the most significant events in bear life around the world and where do they take place? In which of them Russian bears take part?
- As I've said, one of the most popular European events among bears is the Sitjes week that takes place annually in the first decade of September. This year it will be held from 3 to 11 September. Book your room in hotel now! Bear weekends are also very popular. For example, Bear Feile in Dublin (March 23-25), Lazy Bear Weekend in California (August 1-6), Bear Pride in Chicago (May 25-28, by the way, the Bear Pride will be held for 18th time), the International Bear Pride in Koeln (November 28 - December 2), Mad.Bear Madrid (December 2 - 7).
Even a bear ocean cruise on a huge ocean liner. The next cruise starts on January 8, 2013 from New York. And it is still not all! Being gay, cheerful and buoyant, bears love to relax in a company of like-minded bears. One have only to choose where to go.
-What inspired you to write "To be a bear" song?
-Since my school years I am writing music, I graduated music school in piano specialty. There were always some melodies and arrangements on my mind...And via synthesizers these melodies became real music.
Today when I have free time I create bear remakes of popular songs or write on my own. For example, "To be a bear" song is fully created and recorded by me. I have managed to experience with new sounds, voices and arrangements. The most important there is the song's main idea. This song is about true friendship which might be stronger than love connection...You never know where is the line that divides friendship between two men and something that could grow into a big feeling...