i would like advice on the best way you think is to tell my family i'm a furry.
I'm not worried they'll shun me or look down on me I'm more worried they'll tell me to stop. I have been a furry for six years and can't think of my life without the fandom, for me i can't flip a switch and be a non-furry, plus the fandom has almost been like a second family to me it gave me a furry shoulder to cry on when sad and gave me a fuzzy perked up ear to listen when i needed to say something. I realize some people are probably tired of hearing about the whole "coming out" speech but i enjoy the fandom enough to see that it's not just a hobby it's a part of my life.
thanks for listening and i eagerly await a reply
This is a great question and one I’ve come across a lot. As with coming out to a family when you are gay (although you do not mention whether you are gay or straight), it is a delicate situation that you can easily mess up if you take the wrong approach.
A lot depends on what kind of people your parents and other family members are. Are they open-minded or judgmental? Have they been supportive of you all your life, or have they treated you poorly? You don’t really go into details on this, but you DO say that you don’t think they will shun you or look down on you, which is a good sign. Why they would “make you stop” when they seem to be understanding people is another question.
I think part of the problem is that many furries think that others will consider being a furry shameful, as if you are a deviant. To begin with, you should not approach it this way when you discuss it with your family. If you go into the dialog with the notion that being a furry is no worse than being, say, a Trekkie, then your parents will pick up on this and not think it is so bad at all. If, on the other hand, you have it in your mind that you are a “deviant” this, too, will come across when you talk about it. Body language is key here. Don’t go into the conversation with your head hung down, looking at your feet, mumbling and acting nervous. Look at them straight in the eye, as if you were asking them about what’s for dinner.
“Mom, Dad, have you ever heard about furries? Like, maybe you caught that CSI episode when a bunch of people in animal costumes were having sex? Well, I’m really into that.”
“Mom, Dad, you know I like fantasy literature and stuff like Disney animated cartoons, right? Well, I really like that stuff, and I have been talking to some people online who also like it. They like to draw anthropomorphic characters—you know, kind of like Dumbo or Bambi—and write stories about them. Some of them call anthropomorphic characters ‘furries’ for short, and we all talk about it online. Anyway, I just wanted to explain that to you so if you see me drawing or writing about furry characters you know what it’s about. I’ve been making some friends online and I would like to also meet them in person. It can get a little goofy sometimes. You know, like a Star Trek fan wearing Spock ears, but instead sometimes my friends will wear animal ears for fun, stuff like that.”
And go on from there. It’s all in how you approach the subject: act ashamed of it and your family will see that immediately in you and act like you are a drug addict; act nonchalant about it, as if it’s no big deal (which it shouldn’t be), and they will hopefully react to your news just as nonchalantly. Let them ask questions about it, and be honest in your replies. If they ask about “fursuit sex” or something like that, just say, “Well, a lot of these people are teenagers and, just like other teenagers, they might have sex, but that’s not what I’m about. I just like making friends.”
I hope that this helps, Breakr. Papabear is proud of you for being who you are.
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