I knew there was a subset of gay men called Bears… but I didn’t know they had parties in Portland until I … went to one! Yes I went to a Bearracuda party a few weeks ago… in no small part because of the awesome name. I had a good time. There were a lot of large guys there, and a lot of gentlemen with more body hair than the norm. It was like a theme party where everyone Actually. Dressed. Up. There were some golden photo opportunities but I don’t want to be the jerk ruining the fun with her camera in strangers’ faces, so I just snapped a few anonymous crowd shots. Here’s a link to a pretty great Bearracuda poster but I wouldn’t click on it if you don’t want to see a naked gay man. The idea of a lot of similarly-bodied people partying together is kind of wonderful… and previously unknown to me. Imagine if they had parties for Too Tall Girls or People with Loose Skin. Maybe they do, somewhere. In a lot of Haruki Murakami’s books, the narrator is turned on by some kind of bodily quirk. In 1Q84, it was balding men. In Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World, it was chubby girls (alright!).
What else do I know about Bears? I know about this cool font, called Black Bear.
Also, I think that brown bears are the same as grizzly bears? Is this correct? I find it all a bit confusing. But here is a bear differentiation quiz if you would like to learn more.