Girth & Mirth

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Girth & Mirth (G&M) is an organized network of social groups for a gay subculture based on positive attitudes towards larger bodies and fat fetishism. First formed in San Francisco in 1976, early chapters were established in Boston and New York.[1] Girth & Mirth gatherings were predecessors of the Convergence events, launched by the national Affiliated Bigmen's Club (ABC) in 1986, and collaboratively organized with various G&M chapters in subsequent years.[2] The popularity of Girth & Mirth clubs led to a broader chubby culture that intersected with bear groups in the early 1990s.[3][4] Over time Girth & Mirth chapters overlapped with, or became absorbed by, ABC, which itself was renamed the Big Gay Men's Organization (BGMO) in 2013.[5]

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  1. ^ Suresha, Ron. "The Birth of Girth and Mirth: an interview with Reed Wilgoren".
  2. ^ Textor, Alex (1999). "Organization, Specialization, and Desires in the Big Men's Movement: Preliminary Research in the Study of Subculture-Formation". International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies. 4 (3): 217–239.
  3. ^ Suresha, Ron Jackson (2009). Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions. Revised Edition. ISBN 9781590212448
  4. ^ Whitesel, Jason (2014). Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma. NYU Press. ISBN 9780814724125
  5. ^ What is Girth & Mirth aka a Big Men’s Club?

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