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Four bear types you'll meet at Urban Bear Weekend

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Ethan LaCroix
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Hibernation season is finally over! Urban Bear Weekend—that annual festivity in which burly boys and their friends hit the streets for parties, food and a boozy street fair—is upon us once again. For the uninitiated, the various specimens that make up the NYC gay bear community can be tough to figure out. Here's a quick guide to the major animals you'll find out and about this weekend.

 

Bear
1. Any large, hairy man, usually self-identified as part of a gay subculture; often found in metropolitan areas
2. Alec Baldwin
Example: “The bears went to the beer blast at Rockbar.”



 

Musclebear
1. A bear subspecies defined by a toned physique and frequent public shirtlessness
2. Tom Hardy
Example: “The David Barton locker room was full of musclebears tonight.”



 

Cub
1. A young (or young-looking) member of the bear community
2. The passive partner in a bear couple
3. Tim Tebow
Example: “Did you see that adorable cub in line at Artichoke?”



 

Otter
1. A fuzzy guy too skinny to be a bear but still a fixture at bear events and bars
2. James Franco
Example: “I was hoping to pick up a musclebear tonight, but that was a total otter party.”

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