Hello, I would like to talk about a subject that is rarely talked about in the English speaking furry community: Problems in the Japanese Furry Community. I don't know how many of you are familiar with the Japanese furry community, or if you have had a chance to participate in it via going to conventions or any other of interaction, and in the surface it probably seems like any other furry community, but the more you get deep into it you start to realize there is something that is unique, to say the least, about it in japan. To put it plain terms, even thou there are many LGBT members of the community, homophobia is rampant, and in many cases not only tolerated, but either encouraged or seen as a "valid point". Many Japanese furry artists, who have history of making homophobic remarks, also like to spread rumors, that usually involve some "unknown" person, a "friend of a friend" who told them about their rape experience perpetrated always by some "overly gay" stereotype (according to the Japanese stereotype). They claim to rise awareness about rape in the Furry community, but in reality most of them just use it as a cheap way to then claim thats the way homosexuals recruit people inside the furry community, and that's the reason why there are so many. Every time anyone calls them out you get called a rapist, or rape apologist, almost always get harassed by their fans and there is really no counter movement against this. For the most part Japanese Furry keep their silence and escape any possibility of conflict, leaving these abusive members to almost dictate the narrative for the community. My personal experience is the next: I got a request from a close friend of mine to talk public of my opinion about a furry artist called "Mikazuki Karasu" (ä¸‰æ—¥æœˆã‹ã‚‰ã™) who was at the time propagating a rumor of an anonymous acquaintance who was a minor, who had received sexual solicitation messages from a "Homosexual member of the furry community", and who finally lured this kid and supposedly raped. Almost everyone simply said that they should report it to the authorities, but instead of doing this, calming that "They don't want to report it because they don't want any more trouble", he started a campaign saying that this was the result of what is known as a "Kuso-homo" (Shit homo), homosexuals who lurk in the furry community with the sole intention of recruiting children into homosexuality. He even claims he was a victim of this once, because a fan of his, even when he knew that he was straight (which is dubious, because he has talked about having a boyfriend in the past, "when he was gay", claiming that now he is 100% straight), he dared to send him a love letter, which make him sick at his stomach, and then claimed this person was a stalker, because he dared to say to him that even in he was straight, he was still in love with him. I confronted this individual via twitter, calling him on his homophobic remarks, and an avalanche of trolls came to my way. People saying that being blunt about my remarks, and not taking shit gave a "bad name" to homosexuals, saying that I probably was a child rapist, and things like that. It went to the length that these trolls started to dig things about me, and started to harass my ex-boyfriend. Funny thing is that most of my friends from the furry community instead of helping, just told me to forget it and "ignore it". After that incident, a few permanent trolls have been harassing me all the year, making false accounts with my name, some of them even dug even more about me, and started to make harassment calls to the company I work for. And now in the latest installment, another artist called "pizza" (pizademokttero), who is also known to make homophobic comments constantly, made a "cautionary" manga about the "Darkness of the Furries" where he depicts 2 male "furries", a "Week and gentle Furry" dog, being invited to the house of an "Evil Furry" cat, to go the next day to a furry event, and just found himself being assaulted by the "Evil Furry" saying "Did you thought you were going to stay in my house for free", and then a narrator tells how the Week and gentle furry was unable to say no to the evil furry, and in the end was raped, as shown in a last panel with the Gentle Furry crying while the evil one tweets about how he just slept with the gentle one, ending in a note saying that "Behind that gentleness there is always a nefarious motive". This comic started to be used by many homophobes in the community to make an example of "how the homos attack". The creator trying to "bring balance" said at one point that there are some "homos" who are more dangerous than others. Then I decided to create a critic of this comic by changing the text so that all the rape situation was just a dream created by the "gentle furry" based on his prejudices, and how he couldn't sleep near this guy because he was so tense thinking he was going to get raped, and posted it on twitter. The creator of the original came and told me that he gave me no permission to repost and modify his work, to what I responded that since Twitter is based on the US, all copyright claims have to conform to US law, and that according to US law what I did was a parody doing social commentary using his original work, and therefore was protected. Which sparked an explosion on trolls who, like the previous time, told me how I was a rape apologist, that I was damaging the image of this guy, and that I was, once again, a "bad image for homosexuals". I got a false DMCA filling from someone who wasn't even the original author of the comic, who used false contact information. People insists that I was violating japanese copyright law (while the same people use pokemon avatars), and I'm now just constantly harassed by people, just for speaking out. Basically in the Japanese Furry community only homophobes have a right to speak, and people expect you to acknowledge the ridiculous points made by homophobes or you get harassed by almost everyone. Honestly, at this point I really don't have any desire to continue to take part of the Japanese Furry Community until homophobia stops being the norm.