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Butch Bear

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There seems to be no end to the flora and fauna of life in this city. From the ridiculous to the sublime. From the superlative to the quotidian. The wonderous varieties of humanity to are all here. This is the second year I’ve been to this festival and all I saw were children of God looking for love, recognition and comfort. What can I say? This is NYC.


New York's only S/M Leather/Fetish block party: the largest outdoor event of its kind on the East Coast. The success of FSE has enabled GMSMA to donate and support organizations like: The LGBT Community Center, the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, God's Love We Deliver, and Rivington House.

For more details click here Bear is LGBT slang term for those in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay/bisexual male communities and an emerging subset of LGBT communities with events, codes and culture specific identity. It also describes a physical type.Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; some are heavy-set; some project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of these are requirements or unique indicators. Some bears place importance on presenting a hyper-masculine image; some may shun interaction with men who display effeminate style and mannerisms, although some actually exhibit these traits themselves. The bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and an ideal to live up to, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear. There is also, anecdotally, more acceptance of tattoos and body piercing in the

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Taken on June 22, 2008