Gay Stuff : Chickens, Bears And Otters OH MY!… Are We At The Zoo?

Gay History Lesson: In Pre/Revolutionary England, a common term for a gay man was a “dandy”; and these men of the time even had something very similar to the handkerchief code (I’ll get to that in a later blog). In Medieval Europe it was common for gay men to wear blue feathers in their hats as identifiers to the trained eye and most large cities had gay bar to cater to these men. One of thee most famous in English history being the “The Macaroni Club”. (A Macaroni was a large wig that typically was worn by noble men who wore makeup and took more female mannerisms). Now why tell this story?

Lets look at the keywords: Dandy, Feather, Hat, Macaroni.

“Yankee Doodle Went to town…..”Slang and code has been around for a long time, and the terms of classic gay slang really haven’t changed much in the last few decades. Lets go over some really commons ones.

Okay lets get the Animal family out of the way.

Bear – A gay man, with a stocky build usually having both body and facial hair.

Cub – A young bear. Unable due to age to grow full beard / facial hair.

Bearcub – Someone who’s between a bear and a cub. Can grow facial hair

Behr – Men with facial hair and a muscular/stocky build, but with little or no body hair.

Grizzly – A bigger, taller, really hairy male.

Polar Bear – An older bear whose hair has turned white or gray.

As a bear it took me awhile to understand this and the slang but I eventually had it explained to me. MOST men (Not all. But a high percent of) cannot grow a full beard until their early to mid 20’s, that includes the chin and around the mouth fully. A Cub becomes a Bear Cub when they can grow a full beard. Least that’s what old gossips in FL says. And as a young Bear, I buy it.

Chicken – A young male, generally slim and smooth.

Chicken Hawk – Someone (generally an older male) with a sexual preference for young men.

Twink – A boyish looking younger gay man typically slim/muscular and smooth.

Twinks and Chickens are smooth….. Body hair obviously is a determining factor of gay slang.

Otter – A very hairy guy with a small build, much smaller than a bear.

Seal – A hairy, skinny guy

Wolf – A very aggressive and dominant otter.

Chickens learn to grow body hair and apparently they become the wolf in the hen house……

Furry – A guy who has a lot of body hair And/OR who enjoys dressing up/envisioning himself as an animal while having sex.

Yiff – Any kind of affection or physical contact between ‘furry’ guys.

They don’t need body hair but play it closer to the farm than most.
And last but not least on our farm tour….

Pig – A gay man who frequently indulges in hardcore, raunchy, often bareback hard-core sex.

Now that we’re off the ranch we can go over titles.

Chub – A stocky or heavy guy. Smooth/limited or no body/facial hair

Daddy – A man, generally older, who prefers to play the role of a father figure in sexual scenes.

Boy – Someone playing a younger or more inexperienced male, such as a son or nephew

Gym Bunny – A gay man who spends a lot of time working out at the gym.

Papi – a sexy Latino or Black man, Spanish for Daddy.

Str8 – (Straight) Heterosexual

Scally – A UK term for a guy who is uneducated and working class. Also can be used to describe something unclean or dirty.

Chubby Chaser – A person who prefers to have sex with larger guys.
Personal Rant: I hate this term. It’s degrading and horrible and makes me feel like I’m just an accomplishment or notch on the bedpost. Admirer is becoming the new “PC” term.

And last and in NO WAY least we have gender identity titles. This is a very important thing to understand. Some don’t involve sex or any sexual activity at all. I’m a firm believer that the Trans community is truly ignored and mocked by the world and even treated as outcast by the other “para” sexualities. They are people too, and if you don’t understand them I hope this helps.

Gender Identity is what the individual person identifies with as their gender, while Gender Role is what “Society” deems a “Male/Female” role..

Drag Queen – A man who dresses up as a woman and performs, often singing, dancing or lip-synching. Typically a gay man and is done for entertainment, not sex.
Transgender, Trans – A broad term that refers to people who don’t conform to gender norms.

Tranny Chaser – A person who prefers to have sex with transsexual or transgender people.

Transsexual – A person who identifies as the opposite gender to the one given to them at birth and undergoes procedures to reflect their internal gender.

Transvestite/TV – A cross dresser, a person who dresses and acts in a style or manner traditionally associated with the opposite gender. Transvestites are STRAIGHT. And does not always mean sexual activity.

Trap – A new term that signifies GAY men, acting and dressing as a female. Typically this is a sexually based.

Trans fag – an FtM who’s into guys.

Trans man – FtM, F2M; female to male transgender or transsexual person (assigned female at birth, identifies as male some or all of the time).

Trans woman – MtF, M2F; male to female transgender or transsexual person (assigned male at birth, identifies as female some or all of the time).

Now all this was long and wordy but I hope I kept your interest and taught you something or at least entertained you because I have to be honest…..

All of this above means absolutely nothing.

These are just words. Words made at a time, when to hide who they were gay men made to spoken code to use in public so they weren’t caught, arrested and prosecuted. Though it still lives strong and you hear it and read it often it really doesn’t mean anything to you as a person. I’m much happier with the title of “Gaymer” or “Geek/Dork/Nerd” over a “Bear”, because that can explain who I am as a personality, not a body.

Titles are just words we give ourselves to simplify our place or description in the “community” but a title cannot truly be given, put or forced upon you.
If you’re a young guy and don’t wanna be known as a twink or chicken, then you aren’t.
If you don’t wanna be called a bear just because you’ve got a beard, dress like “a real man” and enjoy the company of “men” that doesn’t make you a bear.
What makes you a bear or a chicken is that you call yourself that and own it as just another part of your PERSON. Because we are all individual people, just because we can fall into categories doesn’t mean we have to!
So by no means should you feel obligated or pressure into calling yourself an animal name.

Words are just words, until someones says them to someone else then they have meaning. So don’t just label people blindly. A. It’s rude and tacky. B. You don’t know that person, if you wanna call them something, how about their name?

Also I am very aware “You missed something!” There are way too many titles to tackle and this post is already too long. I picked what I felt was most commonly used and seen online today. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to being a “Gay Glossary” but remember not to take any of them seriously if you don’t want to. Being gay doesn’t mean you have to be an animal and instantly fabulous. You are you before all else.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
– Dr. Seuss

Drake aka Crayak on A4A

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  1. NMDLGuy29

    Awesome that some one finally gave a break-down of the labels. Had a friend ask what all these meant, the other day. Bear Cub over here 🙂

  2. jace

    i dont belve in out a labe like farm animalson people that really dregadring laabes like said a verry dregadeing that that that like calling somer black the the no word that come asain a chink this really in called for that not hot

  3. gw

    did everyone get that part about bears?
    a bear is HAIRY!
    I get so tires of men who are just big, heavy or just fat using the word bear to describe themselves.
    you are just overweight or fat. sorry that’s the facts. see above terms to see which category you fall into..
    thanks, a bear who loves other HAIRY guys.

  4. Longhorn40

    Thanks for the explenations. Greatly appreciated. Different website says bears are muscular hairy men. I’d finally, I thought, found a place to call my own for not being built like a greek god, only to now again be criticized for my chubbyness. Thanks again for clearing it up for me.VERY HELPFUL!

  5. Gay Tony

    Cub and pig here. Didn’t realize “behr” was a term, I’ve always just used “muscle bear.” We’ll I guess I love my behrs, not so much into the chubs though.

  6. Hunter0500

    Seems kind of odd and out of place, sad really, that a community that stresses the concepts of inclusion and acceptance goes to such great lengths to, and has so many labels that, divide and exclude.

  7. J

    Would you describe yourself as more of a woofda, woofburger, woofda or woofster? Do you have a summer home in Bear, Delaware? Do you like to vacation at Big Bear? Do you prefer “woof” or “grr”? Have a bear motif on your sheets and towels?

  8. Crayak

    So happy that people are understanding that labels are tired and useless.

    Yes, they can be used but Bravo for those who just ignore them!

  9. goldenloverinmym

    LOL,i gues somebody will have 2 invent sum new ones.cuz i dont fit any i guess.stocky not fat,facial hair{goatee} trimmed neatly,some body hair manscaped n trimmed or shaved crotch.check my profile pics out n let me know any new terms.i hope 2 hear sum new ones.these should b funny.just b yourself n be honest with others.and its all good anyway.DDDD

  10. Brad

    Wow a lot a lot of you are missing the point. This article isn’t just a glossary of labels. The point is that we should have to need labels to define ourselves, and as someone who doesn’t neatly fit into any one scene, I wholeheartedly agree.

  11. mark

    Well the closest thing I can think of calling a guy that spreads STDs around is a snake or a weasel. Unfortunately, even those animals are noble compared to some guys on this planet.

  12. Tyson

    Very Interesting read actually. I knew of a lot of these but some… are new to to me and made me go 0_0

    When i was chubbier i was refereed to as a ”Bear” and after i started body building i was refereed to as a ”Wolf”

  13. Marvin

    Awesome blog…. loved it! Im just a slut….I mean if we are going to label, I’ll pick the label I wear best 🙂

  14. Steve

    You left out the objects of my lust: Muscle Bears; somewhere along the line, “Bear” — which is what I WAS attracted to — became slang for overweight hairy guys.

  15. FSboy13

    i was on a date and he called himself a “self proclaimed PIG BOTTOM” that was such a turn off. what a way to portray yourself.

  16. remixthis7

    We as gays get so mad for being labeled by the general public. Now, we have labels for ourselves within our own sexuality or group. I understand everybody wanting to be classified as something. How about us all just be gay men? Why classify us as animals? Furthermore, mean or hateful or nasty/ugly animals. Last time I heard the human body was the most intelligent miraculous warm blooded vertebrate on earth! Lets have some class! I, being a normal gay man, fall into none of the above categories. I believe I, and many other men are better than that!


    Twinks are younger and usually have lighter or tanned skin tones and light hair (think of a Ken Barbie doll), and are full of cum (like a cream filling in a Twinkie snack cake). Mmmmmm! Yummy!

  18. Crayak


    Did you even read the blog?
    It’s pretty obvious you didn’t if your post comments like that. This blog is about how these labels are tired, outdated and superficial. I’m glad a majority of people have read and understood what I was trying to portray, but before you go off and voice a loud opinion maybe you should actually comprehend what was written.




    That’s why the hooded snake loves you.

  19. tanaug22

    I agree with some of the other comments, I will say however, if you want to label someone, how about human being, that’s one label I don’t mind, thank you for reading

  20. Mikey

    cumload9: As a great friend reminded me recently as Gay Men we do not really have our own Language to express ourselves in a meaningful way hence why we always ask “you know what I mean?” Example; How do you express and convey this: We are lovers,with out living together, with out commitment,with love but not in love, more thank fuc* buddies,but not in a substantial relationship, we share somethings and not others, we care and feel and yet we don’t…?” Boyfriend? NO, Husband? NO Partner? NO … We as humans need labels to identify and compartmentalize and yet we could be & do so much more if we just let go of the labels and stereotypes Associated with them..because if Madonna is right the Whole world is a stage,and we are all born naked then everything else is Drag, al be it Girl drag,Leather Drag,cowboy drag its all a facade in the end,just be you together we can be ONE HUMAN FAMILY….Shalom

  21. Hunter0500

    March 8, 2013 at 10:19
    Hunter0500: you know that it is just for fun and not a “label” right ?

    All in fun? When members in profiles here say “I don’t like (label)s.” or “No (label)s”. “Don’t waste time contacting me if you’re a (label),” ok that’s “all in fun”.

    If it’s “just for fun”, gays being called “fags” or “fudge pushers” or “f**king homos” is all in fun. Right?

    I’m a cross-label guy, I have attributes of numerous labels. While it doesn’t affect me personally when someone uses one, anyone who says “all in fun” has their eyes and minds pretty closed.

  22. Hunter0500

    There’s the real world, and then there’s fantasy land. In the real world, labels hurt. In fantasy land, clowns joke about “the zoo” and then sing the childhood ditty about sticks and stones pretending not to feel the sting that’s everpresent underneath.

  23. long1

    Very good reading…I’m just not sure what dressing like a “real man” is supposed to mean…that’s certainly one “label” that wasn’t discussed here even though it was used.

  24. jimmy456

    Oh this is just too cute. Well I think im a wolf. Most definitely in bed im a wolf. 😉 I don’t get any complaints. 😉

  25. Steve

    Not sure what I am. I am a hairy guy from the neck down but I cannot grow a beard. May take a few days to start. But to get a full beard would take a couple of weeks

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