This is a page from the Empire Bears' website which Gary and I produced many years ago based on an early brochure produced by the club. I think it is still one of the best and most concise definitions of "bear" out there so I figure I should preserve it here.
The club has a public presence on Facebook but it has not been updated since 2011.
Who or what are Bears?
Bears are many things to many people. Some folks have suggested that a "bear" is someone who:
- is cuddly
- is fuzzy
- has a cuddly body
- is bearded
- has facial hair
- has a 'stache
- is furry
- has a build ranging from thin to stocky, all the way to just plain BIG!
The Empire Bears have no rigid guidelines as to who is or is
not a bear. If you identify yourself as a bear or bear lover,