", There is no universally agreed-upon definition of who can or cannot identify as a bear.
Smith later made a cameo appearance in the 2012 film Bear City 2: The Proposal, playing himself in a brief conversation with a main character who works in the film industry.A variety of media has been established specifically to cater to bears.The larger organized bear runs often host a "bear market" area where artisans, musicians, and others offer items for sale.As more gay men have identified themselves as bears, more bars, especially leather or western bars, have become bear-friendly. Over the years, bear culture has subdivided itself.The December 2007 issue of Instinct magazine featured an article by writer and director Kevin Smith on its "The Last Word" page.
Smith wrote about his gay brother Don and about his (Kevin's) being on the cover of A Bear's Life magazine and the related cover story, and his feelings about being a "bear icon" in the gay community.
Fat (or lack of it) is a political issue, some of whom see their overweight condition as a form of self-acceptance.
Some also note a lack of racial diversity in the bear community, perceiving hirsuteness to be a standard of physical attractiveness that genetically favors white men aesthetically, socially and sexually among bears.
In male gay culture, a bear is often a larger, hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity.
Bears are one of many LGBT communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity.
The bear community constitutes a specialty niche in the commercial market.