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The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes. The Bear flag was designed to represent the Brotherhood of Bears, named for the gay slang term "bear". The colors of the flag denote either hair colors or nationalities of the human race. Brown hair/skin, red hair/Native American skin, blonde hair/Asian skin, light blond or peach-colored hair/white skin, white hair/albino skin, gray hair, and black hair/Black skin. The flag was designed with inclusivity in mind. Gay Bear Culture celebrates secondary sex characteristics such as growth of hair, as chest or facial hair, which is typically considered a 'bear trait'.