The New York Times. Haworth Press. Bear clubs often serve as social and sexual networks for their members, who can contribute to their local gay communities through fund-raising and other functions. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She had her own journey to acceptance that had entirely nothing to do with me. When he was preparing for a date with a cop, John helped him replace his book of Cecil Beaton photographs and Liberace at Home with Portrait of America. As I got out, my heart was beating so fast I thought it was going to burst right out of my chest and run down the street naked.
The words felt like they were burning a hole in my throat and I was going to choke on them.
In Hudson's case, Phyllis Gates acted as his beard to avert the damage that the disclosure of Hudson's homosexuality  might have caused to his career. Ingay singer-songwriter Tom Goss released his song "Bears", singing about the bear community's open-mindedness and size-inclusivity. A common criticism of the bear community is that some self-described bears tend to exclude men who do not fit their standards of a "real bear".
The contest included Bear, Daddy, Cub and Grizzly titles with the contestant who receives the highest score winning the bear title, regardless of what type he is.