It has been used in various languages since the early 20th century as a means by which members of the LGBT community identify themselves and speak in code with brevity and speed to others. Because of sodomy laws and threat of prosecution due to the criminalization of homosexuality , LGBT slang has served as an argot or cant , a secret language and a way for the LGBT community to communicate with each other publicly without revealing their sexual orientation to others. During the first seven decades of the 20th century, a specific form of Polari was developed by gay men and lesbians in urban centres of the United Kingdom within established LGBT communities. Although there are differences, contemporary British gay slang has adopted many Polari words.
Bear (gay slang)
Urban Dictionary: bear
No matter where you go, gay lingo will always be colorful, witty, unabashed, and quite delightful. French gay slang is no different. A word of caution though, this article is not for everyone as it contains some sexual terminology that may be offensive to some. So, if you are sensitive to this sort of thing, please stop now.
Bear (gay culture)
Top definition. A term used by gay men to describe a husky , large man with a lot of body hair. George's sexual tastes run toward bears. Mar 14 Word of the Day.
Top definition. A term used in gay circles to describe a young, husky , hairy gay man. Essentially a young 'bear.