Bears vary in size, shape, and skin tones, and the Bear community promotes inclusion of all types of people, but a stereotypical physical image of a Bear usually describes a man with a burly, hirsute body who has facial hair and dressed in blue collar clothing Locke, ; Wright, This property is closed Report incorrect address Suggest edits. Yet, from a body traits perspective, they may be below average on what is traditionally attractive to other gay and bisexual men. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Bears were less likely to reject sexual partners. Table 1 Sample Characteristics.
It rejects the normative idealized male beauty revered by mainstream gay men.
The bear community consists primarily of gay or bisexual men. Moskowitz et al. Health care access and health behaviors of men who have sex with men: