Do Rainbow fursuits reflect orientation?

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First off let me say, I am very new to the world of Furries though for many years I have kind of fit into this world without even knowing it was 'a thing' and keeping to myself about how I felt. I admit when people said "furry" I would brush it off saying no, because I had been misinformed by various media showing nothing but the bad apples in the community. More research has shown I probably fit in better here than I do in other areas of social connection.

And by asking this question I mean absolutely no offence to anyone or any group. I am sure I am going to show nothing but pure ignorance here, but I am very open and want to learn. Which is why I am hoping someone here can quickly educate me on this point and let me know for sure about this.

My quick question is... does the rainbow colored fursuit reflect the sexual orientation of it's wearer? Ie: are they only worn/most commonly by the homosexual/bisexual part of the fur community? Or are rainbow colors just pretty and open to anyone who wants to use them?

I ask this for one reason. I love the rainbow suits and rainbow accessories some wear simply for the bright colors... however I've come to understand rainbow as being the more commonly known 'symbol' for homosexuality. I myself am not homosexual, and do not want to misinform others or be accused of trying to 'fit into' a community I do not belong, but love the rainbow colors and could find uses for them in my creation(s).

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I don't own a fursuit myself and I am a bit of a young pup in the furry world so I may not have the best answer for this but I'll give it a shot.

I don't think the color of a fursuit would reflect the sexual orientation of the wearer. I think it would mostly depend on maybe how the colors are presented? I think how the fursuiter behaves would probably make the biggest difference on how the colors reflect on the wearer. I'll explain that more.

Like for example if a you saw a clown sitting alone on a park bench. He's not talking to anyone and watching small children play. You probably think the person is some kind of creep. But if you see a clown acting silly, dancing around, making animal balloons, playing with children and laughing and joking, thats how a clown acts. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a clown making people happy. The whole view of the clown changed. Does that make sense? Does that help?

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I say if you like rainbows, go for it! ^.=.^ Nobody is going to judge you or accuse you of anything at AC, believe me. Anthrocon is a place for everyone to be themselves, no one will question your choice of colors.

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The answer to that is probably the same as "is Rainbow Dash a lesbian?":
it depends on the viewer but that's not the original intent of the creator.

Most fursuits are 2-3 colors max:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/anthrocon-2013/fursuit-parade/AC2013GroupPhoto3000px.jpg

I still like this group though Smiling

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Short answer: no.

Longer answer: most likely, no

 

Having a rainbow-colored suit would usually imply the wearer likes rainbows.  ^.^  I know I love rainbows.

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Thanks for the replies!  Dance And Ron, loved the Crayola picture. lol!    My first fursuit is looking at 3 colors, but will be more natural.. brown, black and gray. However, I have seen some suits which are mostly white and have splashes of rainbow color all over them. It gives for a great look! I do love rainbows and could very well see myself doing something like this later down the line.  Great to know anything goes! 

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I actually like this one more - it looks more casual. I'm on a different PC now and couldn't find this pic when I first replied above (IIRC Giza included it in one of his posts but I didn't want to look for it; the DA pic is the one I found via google).

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That last sentence you wrote has so much truth. One thing I've noticed talking to other furs is that unless what your doing doesn't hurt anyone or break any rules, nobody cares. Just do what makes you happy. Good luck on your suit too Smiling

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Rainbow themes clearly mean a Mystery!

I would be unworried about a rainbow theme implying anything sexual. Even if someone were to assume a connection between a rainbow pattern and your sexual orientation, they would assuredly ask about it politely, and would accept "No, it means nothing sexual, I just liked the rainbow pattern." instantly.

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A rainbow fursuit indicates that the wearer is acting as a type of prism, and that ambient light is being refracted around the fur at different angles dependent upon the wavelength.

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SOMEBODY'S being a scientific smarta$$!

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Of course, most of them don't understand the science and are only doing it because they like "The Dark Side of the Moon".

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As a registered Old Fart: the worst any Anthrocon attendee would think of if someone wore a rainbow suit is that the person supported equal LGBT rights. Since at least some male suits are worn by females (and vice versa) , you could end up thinking a female suiter was a gay male... which is silly. However, if you walk around the con wearing a t-shirt that reads "Let's get one thing straight... I'm not! " there WILL be assumptions made.

Last I heard, support for equal LGBT rights was over 50% in the general population. It's probably higher in furry fandom.

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"Let's get one thing straight... I'm not! lol, love it. I have a real life friend who is very openly gay, and he's the sweetest guy I know, always has a way at making me laugh until I almost pee. Shocked My first meeting of him, however, and he was in a black shirt that said in VERY large lettering on the front "100% GAY" which you could see from clear across a large room. There was never any doubt about him. Laughing out loud

On the Mystery Otter link... one of the comments towards the bottom was absolutely perfect. "I don't care who he really is. All I care is that he's cute." lol. That is good news for me, cos I'm one ugly human but I make a super cute goat. Laugh

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I like to look at these questions as if you were asking about a human instead of a furry (no I'm not suggesting furries aren’t humans...) i.e. "does Blond hair mean you're a ditz?" and I usually find the answer I need.  With most of the furries I know, myself included, there sona just comes to them. (Of course I don't have a wide range of experience myself)

 

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Hummm a rainbow shark.. I LIKE THIS IDEA so very much

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fransenlipper.JPG

 

 

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i've only been around the fandom for a few years but i really don't think it matters if you want rainbow or rainbow accessories. i personally love rainbows and things containing rainbow for the simple reason i just love color. You don't have to be gay or lesbian or bi to love colors and rainbows Smiling if it is something you like i say go for it. don't let labels hold you back from something you like on the suit. And while at conventions and such, unless you have your friends with you people dont know who you are in that suit, all they see is how cute your suit is and how cute you act in that suit. From just my short time in the fandom i have seen that other furries don't care weather you are gay, bi, lesbian, fat, thin, medium, tall or short. 

 

To be honest i was a lot like you in the sense of denying that i was furry for the longest time because of being mis-informed by various media and such, also doesn't help that i live in the middle of no where. I'm not old but i'm not very young i'm more in between, and in my generation it was kind of unnacceptable to be part of any sort of community besides farming or partying. even being an artist in my school was difficult while i was there, it wasn't accepted very well either for some reason. It wasn't until i was out of college even that I was able to learn better about the fur community and i have one of my friends to thank for introducing it and making me learn more about it, he was always calling me a fur because i loved to draw people with tails and ears or wings and such. Smiling so, if no one has said it, welcome to the fur community.

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At the risk of sounding like I'm repeating myself and everyone here, just be who you want to be. Whatever you end up doing, own it, nobody will judge you. Becasue its you.

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A rainbow is but a small fragment of the entire spectrum of radiation that our eyes can see. I was told that some insects like butterflies can see other areas of the spectrum like infrared and ultraviolet.

(Science! Take your remote control from your TV and turn on your cellphone's camera, and aim your remote into the camera. Look at the viewer on your cellphone, and you'll see that the camera actually renders the infrared as visible light, and we see it as a very pale blue.)

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If you love rainbows in your design go for it!  I wear a Toronto's Blue Jays shirt out in public, not because I particularly enjoy baseball or am a part of that "scene", but because that team has the most adorable mascot/logo in all of sports, IMO. If I ever run into a real Jays fan I'll tell them quite simply for those reasons (okay, I might not use the word "adorable", Laugh )

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Personally I wouldn't know. I'm a young furry who wants a rainbow fursuit. I think it just counts for liking the colors, but again I wouldn't know I even if I had one because I'm bisexual. I want to get one so I can just be me and also because of the colors, so I guess the rainbow can me anything, but it's just the way people interpret things that make the difference and most people think of rainbows as a symbol of homosexuality and bisexuality. Nuzzle

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It was nice to see this thread touched on again recently. Smiling I had almost forgotten about it, to be honest. I very much appreciate all the positive replies which definitely helped make me more at ease with my suit decisions. Hopefully others can also take away some reassurance from this thread too!  Laughing out loud

 

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oh yeah I didn't see that the post before mine was 4 years ago.  Sticking out tongue Well glad I could help. If you could please let me know where i can buy a rinbow one like the profile image that i have. thank you

 

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