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bear

(bâr)
n.
a. Any of various usually omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae that have a shaggy coat and a short tail and walk with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground.
b. Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
(1) A subculture in gay/bisexual male communities with events, codes and culture-specific identity that hinge around a hypermasculine identity
(2) A member of a subculture of gay/bisexual males who is hairy and often bearded. Some bears have embraced transgendered as well as non-gendered individuals

bear

see ursus, brunus edwardii and koala. Species of less legitimate lineage include Pooh, Paddington and Brideshead bears.
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6) In Bernie Glassman's case, what bearing witness means is simply to sit in places that are centers or cores of suffering.
At the time of Anzaldua's death, they were co-editing Bearing Witness, Reading Lives: Imagination, Creativity, and Cultural Change.
In this last section, Lynn Berry offers a particularly provocative assessment of the tone and content of Pierre Boucher's 1664 natural history of Canada as bearing witness t o the personal "hybridization" of this twenty-seven-year resident of Canada, and the discursive "hybridization" of his representation of Canada's flora and fauna (224, 227).
Bearing witness is an especially heroic--and costly--form of personal activism.
Finet, "During the retreat, Christ the Light of the world is revealed, a light which is taught and a light which is lived by the whole community bearing witness together.
He also wrote to British military chaplains serving in the Persian Gulf, telling them, "You stand in a long and honourable tradition of Christians bearing witness to the love of Christ in hard and dangerous places.
The problem is that by saying nothing, by refusing to take the risk of coming out and bearing witness to the reality of their lives, they are adding to the impression that they are all somehow shameful and guilty, denying us the witnesses we need and powerfully undermining both their own cause and the cause of gay liberation.