Organizers of upcoming ‘furry’ fandom convention in Florida will limit participants to ages 18 and older to comply with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ law barring children from attending ‘live adult entertainment’ events decided to
“Many people have expressed concern about recent changes in Florida law,” said Orlando-based convention Megaplex. announced in a statement last week.
“After reviewing Florida SB 1438, it was decided that for legal reasons and for the protection of participants, the venue and the Games as a whole, Megaplex 2023 participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of registration.”
Mr. DeSantis signed the “Child Protection Act” SB1438 earlier this month.
Among other things, the law criminalizes “deliberate admission of a child to a live adult performance”, with a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
Taking place September 15-17 in Orlando, Megaplex caters to those interested in the fur subculture or anthropomorphic animals.
Mainstream media have linked subcultures to the sexual twists of human-like animal characters, but research into fur animals shows that for most fur animals, attraction to community was not sexual. quoted by vox.
Still, there are members of the community who get excited about the fandom aspect, and furry conventions often host events for those members late at night to avoid conflicts with family-friendly services.
Megaplex said its decision to limit the age of participants was not an easy choice.
“Since its inception, Megaplex has welcomed young fandom members and their families, but making this change has been extremely difficult,” the organizers said in a statement.
a Rolling Stone reporter denounces DeSantis’ law As an attack on the LGBTQ community, it has a lot in common with the fur community.
“The fact that the hairy organizers felt pressured not to bring children to the competition is another example of how it has been seen as an attack on LGBTQ rights.” EJ Dixon said of the bill.
The journalist also spoke with fur and fur advocates who say they don’t feel safe in Florida.
“Now in Florida, anything that isn’t solid is starting to be called deviant,” Moms of Furries co-founder Carey told her. “Obviously fur is an easy marker to show it.”
Another furry, who is transgender, said he supported Megaplex’s decision, which he believed was made to protect participants from potential harassment. Semjay, who also owns the furry sex toy company Lycantacy, said he would not attend the convention for his own safety.
“I don’t want to crash or worse be jailed or die just for going to the bathroom in Florida,” he told Rolling Stone.
Megaplex said the age limit is temporary and it hopes to welcome young furry animals again next year.
“While this decision has been difficult, Megaplex has not forgotten or abandoned our younger fandom members and is exploring options for events and activities that involve all ages and their families.” said the tournament organizer.