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Sexual orientation describes the gender or genders to which an individual feels sexually attracted. The term sexual preference is often used interchangeably, though this term is more broad and broad and includes personal attitudes in between the three most common general categories defined as sexual orientations:

  • Heterosexuality (also known as straight) describes exclusive sexual attraction to persons of different gender(s); usually exclusive female attraction to men and vice versa.
  • Bisexuality is sexual attraction to two or more genders, or the same and different gender(s).[1]
  • Homosexuality (also described as gay) describes exclusive attraction to persons of the same gender
  • Pansexuality (also known as omnisexuality) describes attraction to all genders, or without reference to gender
  • Asexuality describes a general lack of sexual attraction.[2] Asexuality is often thought of as a spectrum, with orientations on that spectrum including grey-asexuality, meaning experiencing very rare sexual attraction, and demisexuality, experiencing sexual attraction only after a close emotional bond is formed.

Sexual orientation and furry[edit]

Orientation surveys[edit]

  • A 2007 University of California at Davis study found that 37.3% of respondents were bisexual, 32.7% heterosexual, 25.5% homosexual, and 8% were uncertain.[3]
  • A 2006 FAOD poll showed 25% heterosexual, 20% homosexual, and 55% bisexual (out of 44 polled)[4]
  • A Furtopia poll (open 2003 to 2007) stated that 53.4% were heterosexual, 15.5% gay, and 31.1% bisexual out of 885 people polled.[5]
  • A poll by Alex Osaki reported that 42.75% were heterosexual, 16.86% were homosexual, 35.29% were bisexual, and 4.71% self-identified as neither.[6]
  • Research by Dr. Kathy Gerbasi at Anthrocon 2009 found a significant difference between male and female responses; males were distributed across the Kinsey scale while the females responding only chose from "exclusively heterosexual" to "equally heterosexual and homosexual".[7]

The perception of homosexuality/bisexuality in the furry fandom[edit]

The rainbow flag associated with homosexuality in and out of the fandom.

The furry fandom has a larger proportion of non-heterosexual individuals when compared to the general population.[8] A lack of completely reliable survey data exists, though the studies that have been done suggest that the stereotype that many furries are homosexual or bisexual is at least partially true, though not to the large extent it is often suggested.[8] While some furries have suggested various theories as to why this is so, there has yet to be a definitive answer put forth.

Pressed Fur reported that some furries also subscribe to this view.[9] Although he did not advocate the social construct theory, Dr. Alfred Kinsey stated that "Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual... The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects."[10] He postulated a scale of sexual preferences from zero to six, zero being exclusively heterosexual.[10]

Rust survey[edit]

There are multiple estimates of the percentage of gays in the furry fandom. It is often thought within the fandom that the number is high, possibly as high as 90%,[8] but polls have shown differences in estimation.

A poll used in The Sociology of Furry Fandom, a 2002 paper by David J. Rust hosted at The Darken Hollow, showed 25% heterosexual, 19% homosexual, and 48% bisexual out of 360 peopled polled.[8] Rust concluded that "Truth be told, there are many more homosexual members of the fandom than in general society."[8]

IFPL poll[edit]

An unscientific poll (of indeterminable date, but before 2005) on the IFPL used the Kinsey scale to rate the measure of homosexuality in respondents:

12.9% (63/487) 0 Exclusively heterosexual
18.3% (89/487) 1 Predominately heterosexual, incidentally homosexual
18.7% (91/487) 2 Predominately heterosexual, more than incidentally homosexual
14.8% (72/487) 3 Equally heterosexual and homosexual
11.3% (55/487) 4 Predominately homosexual, more than incidentally heterosexual
16.0% (78/487) 5 Predominately homosexual, incidentally heterosexual
8.0% (39/487) 6 Exclusively homosexual


One viable theory involves Mark Merlino, a former chair of ConFurence who co-founded the first furry conventions. Crush Yiff Destroy has suggested that Merlino actively recruited alternative lifestylers into the fandom, and that this influences furry demographics to this day.[11]. Some speculate that the negative social stigma attached to the fandom keeps away heterosexual mundanes who would otherwise feel interested.

David Rust has stated that "The social variations for Furries may seem unusual from a generic, American viewpoint. However, from the position of a group of people who are already predisposed to enjoying anthropomorphic animals, other concepts such as homosexuality... seem somewhat mundane and unimportant by comparison."[8]


  1. "What is Bisexuality?" definitions from various bisexual organizations. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  2. Overview on the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network. Retreived September 21, 2014.
  3. "Furry Survey Results" from University of California, Davis: Department of Psychology. Published 2007-05-05. Accessed 2007-05-05.
  4. FAOD Message Board.
  5. Furtopia Message Board retrieved December 19, 2008.
  6. Furry Poll Results as of December 30, 2007.
  7. Anthrocon 2009 psychological survey team releases preliminary results - GreenReaper, WikiFur News/Flayrah (21 September 2009)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 The Sociology of Furry Fandom. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
  9. "Sitting On the Third Side of the Fence" by Hannah Kincaid from Pressed Fur
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Kinsey's Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale" from the Kinsey Institute.
  11. "Journey to the Center of Mark Merlino"

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