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bear

noun; other word formation type metaphor
The term “bear” is used in reference to more masculine, less effeminate gay men, so-named for their typical bear-like appearance, usually burly or heavy-set, with a hairy body and some form of facial hair. This term is generally used to distinguish from those with effeminate features and characteristics, identified by the word "twink"
 
Bear Magazine, a periodical specifically geared toward gay and bisexual men who are — or who admire — "bears", i.e., men with facial and/or body hair.
Etymology : Originated in San Francisco during the 1980s as an outgrowth of the gay biker and leather communities, created by men who felt excluded from mainstream gay culture and the "twink" ideal that it purported.
Source : Bear Magazine, published in San Francisco, California in 1987 by Richard Bulger and his partner Chris Nelson and marketed to the bear community within the larger LGBT community.
Last modified: 24 November 2013


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