Hey guys, I decided to start this discussion after going off topic slightly in another thread, Lennian brought up a good point that it could of been made into a topic all of it's own so here it is! Use this thread to talk about anything related to the fandom, from topics such as: -How you came out and told people you were a furry -How long have you been in the fandom? -Do you fursuit? Would you like to? -What do you consider to be a furry? -And anything else you can think of to do with the fandom! To start the discussion let me tell a little bit about my own self, I have been in the fandom for about ten years, I kept it mostly to myself and didn't even really know the fandom existed back then, once the internet became more accessible and I had my own computer I slowly figured out overtime what the furry fandom was. I looked at anthropomorphic pictures a lot but never know the ins and outs of the fandom and how big it was. I sort of was an outsider to the community and lurked from the outskirts, I was never apart of any groups and forums and actually still am not really to this day, this is the most active I have ever been on a furry oriented forum, and it is not for lack of wanting, I just have never really felt like I was part of the fandom, accepted if you will, I never had the fancy fursonas with tons of beautiful drawings or even a fursuit. So I stayed back in the shadows. The most I did was participate in a chat room often and that was also not until later on as I grew older. Fast forward a few years into the future and I was in a pretty serious relationship, I decided to finally come out and tell someone dear to me in my own personal life that I was a furry, I showed her some furcon footage and fursuiters were in it of course and she was repelled, she thought I was a freak and told me I would never be allowed to interact with other furries while I was with her, she was repulsed by the idea of furries and found the whole fandom perverted and weird. Of course I hid that side of myself for a while and eventually decided I would not do it anymore, I was sick of living a lie and wanted to change my life and I wanted to accept who I was, and being a furry was such an important thing to me, it felt like part of my identity so I came out and told her that was who I was, after more fighting eventually we broke up for other reasons beside that but I felt very relieved. Since then I made it a point to be myself and not hide who I was for anybody, you only get one life so it is not worth wasting being someone you are not, your happiness matters and ever since I let my furry side out and known to more people I have been happier, of course some of my friends found it odd once I started using my fursona as my display pic I straight up told them this is what it is, this is what the fandom is, and they teased a little bit but I found it easy to brush it off, be confident in who you are, others respect that. Sorry for the wall of text, I don't often tell this story so I thought this would be a proper place to share it and hopefully it will spur on some conversation! Moral of the story is be yourself and don't let anyone change you! You got one life so live it to the fullest!