Lookout Bears - A Social Club in Chattanooga,
Clubs" are social clubs found throughout the world. In fact, most
major cities have a Club. Lookout Bears was founded by Mario Forte in
February of 1998 in attempt to provide a social escape to the Chattanooga
area gay community. Living in the "South" is not easy for a
gay person. Prejudice, bigotry, religion, family - society in general,
has produced a social structure which, in general, demeans anyone who
is openly gay.
Lookout Bears' function as a Club, is to arrange social events and
to provide a means of communication about activities. Club meetings
are held on the fourth Saturday of each month. The Club meets at "The
Clubhouse" (a private residence used exclusively by the Club),
located at 99 Tuxedo Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37411. The meeting night
usually begins with dinner at 7:30pm at the Clubhouse (either a "pot
luck" or a special theme), followed by the meeting at 9pm. The
meetings usually discuss the membership, club funds, make announcements
and plan forthcoming events. Social activities that are planned include:
movie nights, camping weekends, ski weekend, annual picnic, bowling,
bar night, softball or other sporting interests, pool parties, etc.
The Club's biggest annual event is the "Halloween Bash" weekend,
which usually consists of a trip to the Comedy Catch, Bowling Competition
and Halloween Party. A bi-monthly newsletter containing news, club information,
and up-coming events is sent out (by U.S. Mail) to all Members, Associate
Members, and other Bear Clubs along with weekly e-mail reminders.