"Come as you are!" has been the motto of the Bear community since its inception, The Bear Movement has spread across the world but unfortunately there is a lack of diversity in its representation in media, advertising, and art to say the least. My first experience with a Bear club in the early '90s was one of the rejections but that same experience fulled my desire to see more diversity in the community that I would call home. At the same time, we must take ownership of our representation and become an integral part of the change, and we can no longer stay on the sidelines and ask for change, we must be the change, be involved, and support each other...The time has come for us to expand the definition of what is to be a Bear, as the animal counterpart, we come in a variety of sizes, colors, and nationalities, Is time we break out of captivity and expand the definitions to include the myriad of bear colors that the International Bear Brotherhood Flag represents, for No ones puts Baby in the corner...Not anymore!!! Written By: Ali Lopez (International Mr Leather Bear 2019-2020)
Bear - Hairy gay man
Bears - that’s hairy, beefy and slightly older men
Bear: 1. - A gay or bisexual man who has facial/body hair and a cuddly body. 2. An umbrella term that is often defined as more of an attitude or sense of comfort with natural masculinity and bodies.
Bear – a man with a stocky or heavyset build; typically hairy body and facial hair; sometimes older (or older looking) and displaying a masculine appearance and mannerisms
The Bear - Bears are typically heavy, hairy lovable gays. They’re most likely seem like the guy next door and like to sip on a beer and cook delicious food while listening to metal music. Bears are loved by everyone and they’re not the typical gay best friend but more like the best friend that you want to chug back shots of whiskey with. However, bears can also have attributes that are the same as Chubs the bear will just have lots of hair, size and probably experience.
Bear - Ah, the bears, one of the oldest and largest subgroups of the gay community. Bears are on the heavier side, either muscular, beefy, or chunky. The wouldn’t dream of shaving their body hair (which comes in abundance) and they usually have a full beard to match. They exude masculinity, and are some of the kindest men you’ll meet in your entire life. There are many subtypes of bears, like a polar bear, which is a older bear with white hair.
(Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, Benin, Egypt, Gambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Eritea, Libya, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Algeria, Morocco, Angola, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Niger, Zambia, Chad, Tunisia, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Eritrea, Togo, Central African Republic, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Gabon, Mauritius, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Djibouti, Reunion, Comoros, Western Sahara, Cape Verde, Mayotte, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Saint Helena, Ascension And Tristan Da Cunha)
(Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana (département of France), Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin)
China, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China Macao Special Administrative Region, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Japan Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam
(Adygey Republic, Chechnya, the Dagestan Republic, Ingushetia, the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Krasnodar Territory, North Ossetia-Alania (see Ossetia), Stavropol Territory, and parts of Kalmykia and the Rostov region. Transcaucasia includes Georgia (including Abkhazia, the Adjarian Autonomous Republic, and South Ossetia), Azerbaijan (including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Nagorno-Karabakh), and Armenia Major cities in the Caucasus are Bakı, Yerevan, Grozny, Vladikavkaz (formerly Ordzhonikidze), Tbilisi, Krasnodar, Novorossiysk, Batumi, Ganja (formerly Kirovabad), and Kumayri (formerly Leninakan).
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of) Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
here are some terms not commomly used in the community but are just as important
(Disclaimer - Some Asian men use the term panda to describe themselves in the bear community landscape, however there are SOME Asian bears that see this term as inflammatory and disrespectful so please be cautious and show respect to each other in the bear community thank you)
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