A gay furry is a member of the LGBT+ community who is part of the furry fandom. The fandom focuses on anthropomorphic animals (animal characters with human-like traits and characteristics) and the creation of character avatars called “fursonas.” Gay furries often use their fursonas to express their identities in a safe space free from judgment.
The gay furry community is a melting pot of diverse identities and expressions. The fandom spans many genres, from artists to writers and gamers – and even role-players. It is a space where you can be a skyscraper-tall dragon one day and a petite rabbit the next – it’s an extraordinary world of creativity and inclusion.
But it is not without its challenges. Gay furries face stigma from people who don’t understand the community and from the media which can link the fandom to paedophilia. This can be compounded by the fact that many of the anthropomorphic animal characters embraced by the community are male.
However, PinkNews has spoken to LGBTQ+ furries who have said that the fandom has been an essential part of their journey toward accepting their own identity. One man says being a furry helped him understand himself better and that the community is a symphony of love, diversity, and acceptance. Another tells us that being a gay furry has allowed him to create a safe, supportive environment for himself and his friends. He feels that this is an especially important aspect of the community, since it can be difficult for queer folk to find a sense of safety and belonging outside of the LGBTQ+ community.