I’m a furry
I’ve been involved in the furry fandom for over half of my life.
During that time I’ve had the privilege to be involved with several community projects, many of which gave me invaluable experience in programming, community management, event management, and more. It was these projects that padded my CV when first looking for work and, I believe, were instrumental in getting me to where I am today.
Many members of the community hide their involvement for fear of discrimination. The fandom has been the subject of many exploitative and unflattering depictions in the media, which they feel has coloured public perceptions of what the fandom is about.
Change is on the horizon, however. More furries than ever are being public about their identities and their roles in professional life. Just in the last few years we’ve had Coronavirus vaccine researchers, the guy who invented the heartbeat sensor in your smartwatch, literal astronauts, trending entertainers, popular musicians, professional esports players and, of course, tech workers all be open about their furry proclivities. That is a list I am honoured to be associated with, not ashamed!
Just like other aspects of who I am, I see no reason to hide this stuff away and being visible about it encourages others to be too, which is no bad thing.
My main fursona: Emy
My primary fursona is a Honduran white bat named Emy who, appropriately enough, is a robot. I’ve written about Emy before and why she’s my face on the internet.
My secondary fursona: Ash
I also have a secondary fursona, Ash. Ash is a former human who was mutated into a fictional alien-hybrid species named amphimorpho.
I am not my fursonas
Some people assume that because I identify as a robot, and Emy is a robot, that I identify as Emy specifically.
This is not the case. I have a different perception of myself as a robot that is separate from and unrelated to Emy, barring some shared aesthetics (because, unsurprisingly, those are aesthetics that I like).
My fursonas are representations of me as an individual, but they are not specifically me.