About bears

Bear flag

Who is a bear

Bears are one of many LGBT communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity. Here is the term "bear" known as a generally large, hairy man embodying the image of rugged masculinity, the bearded face and "cuddly" body. Above all, the "bear culture" is about feeling good in your own body and enjoing natural masculinity, not to be focused to the trends of modern times.

Bears tend to include their friends into the community – thus even heterosexual men who have Bearish physical traits and are affirming of their gay friends and family (or their gay fans, in the case of a celebrity) may also be informally accorded "honorary" Bear status.
A smaller number of lesbians, particularly butch dykes, also participate in Bear culture, referring to themselves with the distinct label of ursula.

Bear terminology

  • Cub – a younger (or younger-looking) version of a Bear, typically, but not always, with a smaller frame. The term is sometimes used to imply the passive partner in a relationship.
  • Daddy – A mature Bear who is often looking for a Cub (or a younger man) for a relationship.
  • Ewok – A Bear of short stature, but not younger.
  • Otter – A slimmer or less hairy Bear regardless of age.
  • Admirer – Somebody who is attracted to Bears and/or Chubs but is not part of the Bear culture
  • Chaser – Somebody who is attracted to Bears and/or Chubs but is not part of the Bear culture, but is much more active in chasing bears than Admirer for relationship or sex.
  • Chub – A heavy-set man who might be described as overweight or obese. These men are also a distinct subculture within the gay community, and may or may not identify with the Bear movement per se.
  • Teddy – A fully hairy Bear. Chest, back, beard, everything is hairy.
  • Musclebear – A Bear whose size derives from muscle rather than body fat.
  • Ursula – A lesbian Bear.
  • Goldilocks – A straight woman friendly with Bears.
  • Panda (or Panda Bear) – A Bear of Asian descent.
  • Black Bear – A Bear of African descent.
  • Ginger Bear – A hairy red haired bear.
  • Koala Bear – A Bear of Australian descent.
  • Polar Bear – An older Bear whose facial and body hair is predominantly or entirely white or grey.
  • Grizzly – A dominant Bear of extreme stature in height, weight, and/or hairiness.
  • Wolf – A slimmer Bear, with the behavioral characteristic of sexual assertiveness or aggression.
  • Manatee – A hairless, chubby male who is called a Bear but does not identify as such.
  • Bruin – A hairy athletic gay man.

Bear body

Bear body

Bear fur

Bear fur

Bear Code

To make communication easier the bears utilize Natural Bear Classification System (NBCS) via Bear Code.