Along with MTV’s Sex2K episode, “Plushies and Furries,” and the famous CSI episode, “Fur and Loathing,” in 2003 that painted a clear picture of the fandom to mainstream audiences. Furries are people who love walking talking animals and how they show that love depends on the person. Anyone who has been in or actually explores the fandom understands that, but with stories like CSI that wasn’t what people were seeing.It’s why for the longest time, and still to a degree, Furries don’t talk to the media because the media has done a poor job with representing us. I can’t say when it ended, with history there’s rarely any cut off date, eras come in waves and in the last few years the previous wave has died down.While the biggest story I can remember coming from mainstream presses at the time was the Gas Attack on Midwest Fur Fest in 2014 where one news anchor, who had no idea what Furries were, couldn’t stop herself from laughing.

We now have a chance to bring a spotlight where we want it, rather than ducking if it catches us unaware.

Furry fandom is the collective of people who express an interest in anthropomorphic animals in art, literature, cartoons, pop culture and any other use of animal characters with human attributes.

Then we come to this year where the stories continue.

Notably, popular writer Kyell Gold’s new book, “The Time He Desires,” getting featured on Slate’s LGBT Blog Outward, about tackling in front of current events took social media by storm.

Named that cause of the infamous article published by Vanity Fair titled, “Pleasures of the Fur”, in 2001.

Which presented the Furry Fandom as a sexual fetish and only as a sexual fetish. It’s a part of the fandom but it’s not what defines the fandom. You can create artwork in the fandom or be an observer. We all have different levels based around that same love and as long as we are respectful and understand people’s different viewpoints we bring forward a beauty of community the Furry Fandom provides.

The fandom is not seen as it was over a decade ago. There will always be someone who will openly hate us, make fun of us, or make us out as the worse.

But if we are given the chance, we can show who we are, all the good we can do, and occasionally step up if something bad happens close to us.

Shortly after that, You Tube puts a Furry You Tuber, Rainy Chaos, on their Creators on the Rise bringing forward a lot of attention both good and bad. My best hypothesis would be that since the novelty of making fun of Furries has died down it has open us up more to be who we are and able to feature the full spectrum of the community. As big as having these stories break out, it has also brought out a lot of the same hate that has haunt the fandom.