Beset with body issues for much of his life, powerlifter N.C. Harrison found solace in the fact that the gay bear subculture not only accepted but openly admired men like him.
“The ‘bear community’ is where I finally got comfortable just being a big, strong, hairy, burly guy with a beard.”
Ted Arcidi: I remember you, albeit dimly. Big brawny mid-carder. One of the few Wrestling Superstars action figures I didn’t have. “Mr. 705 bench press” (and a legitimate lift at that, Dino Bravo). You wrestled entire matches that consisted of nothing more than bear hugs and tests of strength. Putting aside the completely untalented Jeep [...]