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Introduction: Bear Pride Flag Variants

The Bear Flag (“bears” being gay men with an appreciation for hirsute partners) is displayed more discretely than the Rainbow Gay Pride Flag. They are usually seen tacked to the wall or flown just inside the door at bars, nightclubs, and conventions which cater to that type of clientele.
Steve Kramer, 29 Nov 2000

None of these variant Bear Pride Flag Designs are as popular as the International Bear Brotherhood Flag.
Marcus Schmöger, 24 Aug 2001

The Original Spags Bear Pride Flag

Bear Pride flag Image by Marcus Schmöger, 24 Aug 2001

Description: Tierced per bend sinister: first quarter azure; second quarter tierced per bend sinister of argent, sable and bruin; third quarter vert, over the azure and argent a footprint dexter in pale or.
Juan “NeuKoloß” Morales, 12 Mar 1999

The Bear Pride Flag shown above is from Spags, a Seattle bear bar. The colors of the flag represent the earth and the various bears that live between the sky and the ground. The golden yellow paw shaped sun represents the spirit and brotherhood of bears all over the world. The blue stripe represents the sky; white for polar bears; black for black bears; brown for brown bears; and green for Earth.
Marcus Schmöger, 26 Aug 2001, (quoting from Jase Wells Gay Icons page.)

Other Bear Pride Flag Designs

Bear Brotherhood Flag with Fur Color Diagonals and Two Paws

other Bear Pride flag #1 Image by Marcus Schmöger, 24 Aug 2001; corrected by Tomislav Todorovic, 06 Oct 2007

This flag was created in 1992 by Steve Heyl and Jim Maxwell, members of the Front Range Bears club from Denver, Colorado. It was trademarked, but also released into the public domain. Although mostly replaced by the International Bear Brotherhood Flag, it is still occasionally used. Steve Heyl has explained the design as follows: "The colors in the flag were designed to show the range of bears, represented by the various colors (White, Golden, Grey, Brown & Black), and the fact that bears tend to do things a bit differently, represented by the stripes at an angle."
Source: Front Range Bears website
Tomislav Todorovic, 8 June 2016

Bear Brotherhood Flag with Fur-Colored Rainbow Flag

other Bear Pride flag #2
image by Marcus Schmöger, 24 August 2001; corrected by Tomislav Todorovic, 6 October 2007

A variant of the rainbow flag for "bears." Found at ResourcesForBears.com. Marcus Schmöger, 24 August 2001

Bear Brotherhood Flag Black Cross on Red

other Bear Pride flag #3
image by Marcus Schmöger, 24 August 2001

It shows a black cross on red with a black bear footprint in canton.
Marcus Schmöger, 24 August 2001

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