John Hollywood writes about pop culture topics with a psychological twist; his articles are practical in nature with a "how-to" approach. Gay men often use descriptive terms to identify and label other men within the wider gay community. But many gay men often wonder what these terms actually mean. Which group do I fall into? And what the heck is a wolf?
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In male gay culture , a bear is often a larger or obese hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. Bears are one of many LGBT communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity. However, in San Francisco in the s, any hairy man of whatever shape was referred to as a 'bear' until the term was appropriated by larger men, and other words had to be used to describe hairy other-shaped men such as otter slim , cub young bear on the way , or wolf hairy, medium build. The term bear was popularized by Richard Bulger, who, along with his then partner Chris Nelson — , founded Bear Magazine in There is some contention surrounding whether Bulger originated the term and the subculture's conventions. The bear concept can function as an identity or an affiliation, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear.