Have you heard of ‘furries’? Despite media mischaracterisations labelling them as fetishists or people who believe they are animals, furries are just fans. Their fandom centres on anthropomorphic animal characters – think Bugs Bunny or Peppa Pig. ‘Demographically, the furry fandom is comprised predominantly of white males in their teens to mid-twenties. [Most are people] you would expect to find in a typical geek or nerd subculture: Above-average school performance…an interest in computers and science, and a passion for video games, science fiction, fantasy, and anime. Less typical, however, is the fandom’s LGBTQ demographics: Furries are seven times more likely than the general population to identify as transgender and about five times more likely to identify as non-heterosexual’ (psychologytoday.com). So it comes as no surprise that the furry fandom is characterised by what we might call radical inclusivity – welcoming and non-judgmental to all. It sounds like we could all learn something from the furry community.
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