During the second week of July, Provincetown, Massachusetts is invaded with bears. For an entire week, close to 10,000 gay, hairy and rugged men gather at the tip of Cape Cod to have some fun.
“The Bear community differs in the sense that there is this different ideal in terms of what the aesthetic is,” says Matthew J. Dempsey, a clinical counselor that specializes on helping gay men.
Bears are an established subgroup of gay men with their very own flag and distinctions among the community.
But what exactly is a bear?
With the help of local bear connoisseur and P-town celebrity, Miss Richfield 1981, the AM Tonight team breaks down the different types of bears.
Bears: that’s hairy, beefy and slightly older men
Polar Bears: Older gay men with a heavy coat of white hair
Cubs: Younger hairy guys still too cuddly to be considered a bear
Otters: Skinny, hairy men
Muscle Bears: Chiseled, with a light dust of fur
Leather Bears: The name says it all
You can find more photos and videos in our Bear Week blog.
Credits: Mitchell Williams and Ignacio Torres