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Others have started wearing armbands strikingly similar to those worn by Nazis.
To many furries, what started as an online joke isn’t funny anymore.
Monks, who was downstairs during the attack, was initially treated as a witness but then later arrested.
Prosecutor Dennis Watson QC told the court that while Skarnes carried out the attack, ex-Runshaw College student Monks stayed downstairs, deleting "incriminating" text messages.
Before Junius arrived in Philly, alt-furries had threatened him online for slamming them on social media, calling them bigots and fascists; some said they wanted to “break his neck.” One forum group attempted to find his personal information and release it online.
The threats don’t frighten him—but he is worried that a growing number of furries are vulnerable to recruitment by white supremacists.
Junius, a horse in his early 20s, is handing out stickers at a Hilton Double Tree in suburban Philadelphia. They’re all furries, people who identify with—and often dress up like—their favorite animals, a fantasy that may include various forms of sex but not bestiality.
It’s August, a week after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that roiled the country, and he’s set up a booth that has attracted an assortment of animals—from fennec foxes to Munchkin cats—all waiting in line for his merch. These hirsute hobbyists are in town for Furrydelphia, the area’s first convention for furries.
(Like most furries It’s the first day of the convention in Philly, and outside the Hilton, a group of furries stand in a circle, sipping cocktails and smoking cigarettes.
Many are queer and very left-wing, so it’s no surprise that the stickers—a swastika inside a paw print with a red slash through it—hold special appeal.
Keep up with this story and more Many of these people grew up as outcasts and were bullied at school, and though they’re often mocked as horny fetishists, the furries insist they stand for much more than their sexual proclivities.
Today, most alt-furries interact only online, but some have taken their ideas into the real world.
This past summer, one man came to Anthrocon, the world’s largest furry convention, in a Confederate flag “fursuit,” holding a Trump sign, and some people distributed alt-furry pamphlets at an Orlando, Florida, furry convention.
Mr Monks woke in the early hours of the morning to find Skarnes beside his bed, clutching a kitchen knife.