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Bear

Category: gender
Last updated 2015-05-12 04:20:58

Large, hairy man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. Some bears place importance on presenting a hypermasculine image and may shun interaction with, and even disdain, men who exhibit effeminacy. The bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear. Bears are almost always gay or bisexual men. Increasingly, transgender or transsexual men (trans men) and those who shun labels for gender and sexuality are also included within bear communities.

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Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_%28gay_culture%29