Are Most Furries Gay?
I have been involved in the fandom for about five years now, and in that time, I have noticed an uncommonly large gay community among furries. I know that, statistically there are more men than women in the fandom, but I have a hard time figuring out how the gay furry community became so pervasive. It seems that M/M porn is just as, if not more, common than M/F porn. Any thoughts regarding this?
- Northern Sphinx
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According to a recent survey (http://www.klisoura.com/fs2011v.html), only 21.5% of furries identify as “completely” or “mostly homosexual.” So, gay men and women (the fandom is comprised mostly of young white men, as you noticed) are actually in the minority.
An August 2002 Gallup survey (http://www.gallup.com/poll/6961/what-percentage-population-gay.aspx) reported, “The average estimates [for the percentage of homosexuals in America] were that 21% of men are gay and 22% of women are lesbians.” So, as you can see, the percentage of homosexuals in the furry community is quite representative of that in the United States as a whole.
The impression that gay men are a huge majority in the fandom persists, however. Why is that? Papabear believes it is for the same reason that the gay community is so prominent in theatre: gay people tend to be more outgoing and flamboyant. Therefore, they are much more noticeable than straight men and women. Apparently, too, they like to draw a lot more art of a pornographic nature than straight people do (though, actually, some of our best gay porn artists are women, such as that of the Blotch team, which is two female artists).
Papabear would also be interested in finding out what percentage of gay furries are fursuiters, since fursuiters get the most notice and would contribute a lot to the impression of sexual orientation among those in the fandom.
So, there’s your answer, Sphinx. There are no more gay people in the fandom than there are in America, percentage-wise, they just are a lot more noticeable.
Hold on a moment here. The cited Gallup article states that in a survey people *estimated* that 20% of the population is gay, *not* that there are that many! Holy moly, if there were that many gay guys around I might have better luck getting a date :)
6/10/2012 03:31:40 pm
Hi, Critter. Sorry, but I DO believe that 1 in 5 people are gay or have strong leanings toward homosexuality. The numbers are "estimated" because a big number of people are still closeted. As for the creative stereotype, I didn't mean that gay people are all creative, I mean that they tend to be more noticeable in many ways. Just their personalities in general. You notice them.
6/10/2012 09:54:11 pm
Hmm, well I don't have any way to peer into people's souls so you may be right.
8/10/2020 11:53:46 pm
Wow - a comment on an eight year old post! Looks like people look through the old entries, cool.
11/6/2021 08:01:50 am
There's gotta be a reason as to why every furry site you go to, gay content is all over the place compared to straight stuff. It's usually the FIRST content you see, until you make an account and can set preferences. If they aren't the majority, why cater to that segment so hard? You don't have a party with 80% of the food on the table be pizza if only 10% of the people there requested it, while the rest of the guests ordered subs, asian cuisine, and other foods. Methinks people are just being disingenuous...
11/12/2021 07:09:02 am
Here are the latest stats from FurScience about sexual orientation:
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