The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed to represent the Brotherhood of Bears, named for the LGBT slang term bear. The bear flag was designed by Craig Byrnes in 1995. The colors of the flag denote either hair colors or skin colors of the human race. Brown hair/skin, red hair/Native American skin, blond 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 inclusion in mind. The gay bear culture celebrates secondary sex characteristics such as growth of body hair and facial hair, which is typically considered a "bear trait".
There is much debate surrounding the origin of the bear flag, with many disputing Craig Byrnes' somewhat questionable claim as the creator.
The International Bear Brotherhood Flag
An Australian version using the bear paw from the Brotherhood flag