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In a difficult year took comfort in the beards, the bellies, and the fur of our fine friends. Here are 50 of the best bears from this year.
Let's be fair to bears. They are all unique individuals with complex and varied lives. They can't help it that they have become the symbolic plush toys of the collective gay libido. At the same time we should all reflect on how lucky we are that we can appreciate a variety of body types, races, and cultural differences. One can see this reflected in the many minute male photo collection categories on Tumblr. Try to remember that even though some bears may appear to be clannish, that there are also bear chasers, a group of which we are proud to be a member.*
Thanks to all the photographers from this year the we gathered these images from. Special thanks go to Matt Baume who took the largest number of photos at various events both in Seattle and around the world this year for The Advocate. If you look at the caption below the photos you can link back to the original article in which the photo appeared and often a link to the photographer's work.
* Please note, often the bear we focus on is pictured in a group, or singly with a non-bear. Don't freak out, ok?