'Furries Against Fascism' join trans activists to protest Glasgow women’s rights event

Furries are people who identify with and often dress up as anthropomorphic cartoon animals.

Mia Ashton Montreal QC

A women’s rights event scheduled to take place in Scotland next month will be met with a counter-protest of LGBTQ cabaret singers and dancers as well as a group of adults with a penchant for dressing up as animals.

Kellie-Jay Keen, founder of Standing for Women and organizer of the Let Women Speak event,  often attracts crowds of trans activists, but this will be the first time that the furries have announced their intention to protest women voicing their concerns about trans activism and gender identity ideology.

Furries are people, mostly males, who identify with and often dress up as anthropomorphic cartoon animals. One study of the furry community found that almost all are driven by "some degree of sexual motivation."

"Both sexual attraction to anthropomorphic animals and sexual arousal by fantasizing about being anthropomorphic animals were nearly universal," observed the researchers.

Keen’s Let Women Speak Glasgow event is scheduled to be held on Feb 5. This coincides with the last day of a "furry fandom" convention, called ScotiaCon, being held in the city, so the political wing of the furry community, Furries Against Fascism, has announced its plans to join the counter-protest.

Another group that has announced its intention to protest is Cabaret Against The Hate Speech, who describe themselves as being an "ally and LGBTQ+ group that organises counter protests against all forms of hate speech across Scotland with live music, song and dance."

Keen’s visit to Scotland coincides with the UK government’s decision to block the Scottish government’s controversial Gender Recognition Reform Bill that would have allowed anyone, including convicted sex offenders, to change their legal sex simply by self-declaration. 

Despite there being strong opposition to the bill from people all over the political spectrum, the Scottish parliament pushed the reform through late last year, only for the UK government to invoke its Section 35 powers and prevent it from proceeding to Royal Assent.


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