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
* * *
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.
A note on comments: Comments on letters to Papabear are welcome, especially those that offer extra helpful advice and add something to the conversation that is of use to the letter writer and those reading this column. Also welcome are constructive criticisms and opposing views. What is NOT welcome are hateful, hurtful comments, flaming, and trolling. Such comments will be deleted from this site. Thank you.