First amendment furries, elephant balls, and woot for #Zootopia. NEWSDUMP (3/2/16)
by Patch O'Furr
Headlines, links and little stories to make your tail wag. Tips: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to DRONON for guest editing help!
Zootopia: IT’S HAPPENING and I hope you’re ready for the peak of The Year of Furry! The article about furries renting their own theaters got 3 times more traffic than any other article ever posted here.
Fursuiting and Freedom of Expression: Anti-mask law challenged by Vermont Furs.
VermontFurs had frustration with getting their events shut down in the City of Burlington. Fursuits were banned for vague, unsubstantiated reasons. Supposedly, it was for protection from “panhandling” offenses.
Now WCAX.com reports a brave effort to change this. The furs have support from the ACLU to challenge the local anti-mask law on First Amendment grounds. Following consultation with the Ordinance committee, the City council sounds like they’re on the way to fixing the law to apply to only crime-related activity. Great work everyone! This is a silly hobby, but sometimes having fun is about upholding freedom.
It’s about identity, not sex – Bringing fursonas to life.
Sarah Dee, fursuit maker at Menagerie Workshop, gets an excellent write-up about her business by The Guardian. There’s a great video! Her story was repeated soon after by The Onion A.V. Club.