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Otherkin News Digest: March, April, May, June

2016-Jul-07, | 01:45 pm
posted by: frameacloud in otherkin_news

Some highlights of what I posted to the Otherkin News Twitter (@otherkinnews) during the last few months.

About otherkin

Vice magazine ran an article about otherkin.

Journal of Language Works published an article on nounself pronouns. Cites the Nonbinary.org wiki and mentions otherkin.

Published in March, the book Youth Cultures in America briefly mentions otherkin.

A review of Danielle Kirby's book Fantasy and Belief, which writes about otherkin.

Due to the anti-transgender bathroom bills in the US during these months, newspapers ran anti-transgender opinion articles. As usual, some tried to undermine transgender people by comparing them to "trans-species." Some writers knew about otherkin, others didn’t. Cissexist hate speech isn’t worth featuring here.


Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson said at a transhumanist event, "I consider myself a transspecies because I’m adding senses and organs that other species have."

Art and glamourbombs

You know the intro scene in FernGully, with the cave wall covered in handprints from humans and tiny fairies? It's based on some actual cave art, which does feature handprints just like that. The tinier prints weren't human hands. Not fairies, either, though.

The Merrylin Cryptid Museum featured preserved remains of dragons, fairies, and other beings, all created by artist Alex CF. Since it's a hoax-like exhibit, Snopes explained it.

Snopes also had to address a viral photo of baby dragons being reintroduced to Wales, which originated as a Photoshop contest winner.

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Otherkin News February Digest

2016-Mar-03, | 11:48 am
posted by: frameacloud in otherkin_news

Summary: A digest of selected news tweeted on the @otherkinnews Twitter during February 2016.

The otherkin community itself

An interview with a furry mentions differences from therians.

Coined this month: animafidem, someone who believes they are nonhuman in spirit, not in psychology or by choice.

Coined this month: cerebrumalius, someone who believes their nonhuman ID comes from a brain quirk, not spirituality

Draconity.org is holding a contest with prizes to redesign their logo. The last was held in '08. See their main page for details.

Animal people in performance

"Naturalist Charles Foster wanted to reconnect with his inner beast – so he tried living as a badger, a deer and a fox"

Body schema

A study on the fluidity of the human body schema.


A 2013 academic article on reincarnation is now retracted: it'd been copied from Wikipedia. News articles at Vocativ and Indian Express


A cyborg drummer is playing music with the help of a third robotic arm

A 3D bioprinter that can create human cartilage, muscle, and bone tissue

Scientists modified a cotton candy machine to help create artificial body tissue

Presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan says in interviews, "We have Transhumanists who want to become fish," and "I have friends that are trying to grow tails."

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Otherkin News January Digest

2016-Feb-04, | 12:08 pm
posted by: frameacloud in otherkin_news

Summary: A digest of selected news tweeted on @otherkinnews during January 2016.

Animal people

[adjective][species]: Nuka of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project finds that wearing furry ears may be associated with depression

Nano, a woman in Norway, gave an interview on Youtube about how she identifies as a cat. HuffPost looked at the video critically, listing several other news sites that wrote articles about it.

The Guardian: Naturalist Charles Foster lives as several kinds of animals to try to understand them.


Snopes: A PSA in which Koko the gorilla signs about climate change was staged

Gizmodo: Ethicists voice concerns about monkeys that were genetically modified to simulate human autism

TechDirt: A judge concludes that a monkey cannot hold a copyright over a selfie that he took

Transhuman technologies

Singularity Hub: Printable Organs Are Closer Than Ever Thanks to Three Bioprinting Breakthroughs

CNN Money: Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030


Kickstarter for a dragon sim game

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2015 Digest

2016-Jan-03, | 11:56 am
posted by: frameacloud in otherkin_news

Briefly, some news of interest to otherkin from 2015 that I haven't previously reported on this blog. In chronological order:

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I have an idea for how I could run this blog in a way that I hope would be efficient enough to be manageable. I could post to our Twitter about news articles as soon as I find them. Then, at the end of each month, I could post a digest to here and to our Tumblr. It would just be a collection of headlines, links, and brief summaries, rather than whole articles of original writing with complete citations. What do you think?

As always, there's a lot of news out there and I can't do this alone, so anyone who can help out by posting news links in this blog as they find them would be very much appreciated.

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2015 Otherkin Community Survey

2015-Nov-08, | 03:57 am
posted by: shiroulv in otherkin_news

In an effort to help the otherkin community better understand itself, and to help the public understand the otherkin community, Kinmunity is introducing a 2016 otherkin community survey. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the community, identify trends and correlations in the community, and to help the community understand itself better. This survey will probably be longer than most others you have encountered; this is because we aim for high quality results. Once the survey closes to responses, the data will be posted publicly with any personally identifiable information removed (although none is really collected in the first place!)

Click here to take the survey!
!DO NOT SHARE THIS LINK! - This survey link contains a unique acquisition code that says you've come from LiveJournal, if someone accesses it from outside LiveJournal their responses will be automatically discarded. If you wish to share a link with friends, share this one

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RIP Sanguinarius [1970-2015]

2015-Aug-06, | 05:24 am
posted by: jarandhel in otherkin_news

For those who haven't already heard, Sanguinarius of Sanguinarius.org passed away on the morning of Monday, August 3, 2015.  She had been fighting a long battle with various health problems including a recent stroke.  She was a highly respected member of the vampire community and will be greatly missed.

Her family has set up a GoFundMe account for donations in her memory and to help maintain the work she has done for the community: http://www.gofundme.com/ns36x8

Also, per her wishes, her site has been digitally preserved. A copy may be obtained in one of two ways:
Download as ISO via Bittorrent.
Download as ISO or RAR via HTTP.

More info here: http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2015/08/05/rip-sanguinarius-1970-2015-vampire-community-pioneer/

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Early launch of Darkfang Archive directory of otherkin and therian resources

2015-Feb-27, | 07:47 am
posted by: frameacloud in otherkin_news

Content warnings: none.

2015-02-11: Mikh'to and kiilas launched an early version of the Darkfang Archive, a directory of all kinds of resources for otherkin, therianthropes, and vampires. The new web-site has room to grow. From Mikh'to's description of the site, as given on the Elfinkind Digest mailing list, and quoted with permission:

"This is a curated database of otherkin, therianthropy and real vampirism sites, media and social spaces. It's partly inspired by otherkin.net and other older resource sites, and is trying to make an up-to-date online resource (it is not a wiki) that gives people a way to look into these things without problematic influences or needless dogma. It separates content by 'category', so each 'kintype'/'theriotype'/'phenotype', subgroup, experiential slant, mythos, etc. that is covered has its own page, so it doesn't lump everyone in into some big 'otherkin' umbrella. It is designed for both desktop and mobile browsers.

"It's currently in a 'preview' version - it's intended for feedback, so it's unfinished and possibly buggy. Data submissions are welcome and greatly appreciated. We are also interested in mirroring old/defunct sites and media in the future with permission."

Personally, I've browsed the site a little, and it looks like one of the most useful resources for the otherkin community that I've seen in some time. I hope some of our readers will offer feedback and help make the Darkfang Archive excellent.

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Stage performance about otherkin, Glick's play Kin Folk

2015-Feb-09, | 07:43 am
posted by: frameacloud in otherkin_news

Content warnings: None.

On 2015-02-11, the Den Theater in Chicago, Illinois will have a stage performance about otherkin, Glick's Kin Folk. As far as I know, this is the first stage performance about otherkin, by that name. Description from The New Colony Side Stage:

"Staged Reading of Kin Folk
"February 11, 2015, 7:29PM
"Written by William Glick
"Directed by Evan Linder

"After being recently orphaned, Lucy must reimagine her life. She decides to come out of the closet and reveal her true identity to her family: a dragon named Kreeka. After the announcement, Lucy is more alone than she has ever been, and she must ultimately choose between her family and a new community known as Otherkin. On her journey, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort, and a werewolf from Montana who shows her what it means to lead a life driven by a belief in the fantastic.

"Featuring Kate Carson-Groner, Chris Fowler, Sarah Gitenstein, Andrew Hobgood, Steve Love, Liz Sharpe and Stephanie Shum."

Hopefully some otherkin in the Chicago area can see this performance and tell how they feel it represented them. In the comments, please give links to any forum threads, blog posts, or reviews of this event.

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Otherkin panel at Arisia 2015 in Boston

2014-Dec-20, | 02:44 am
mood: accomplished
posted by: spacehawk in otherkin_news

Hi everyone!

Next month is Arisia 2015! Arisia is a volunteer-run convention that covers all aspects of science fiction and fantasy literature and media. We strive to create a big tent environment that builds community among the varied groups and interests within fandom.

This year, Arisia will be running a panel on the Otherkin community, on Friday, January 16th, at 5:30 PM. The panelists, all members of the Otherkin community, will discuss "Otherkin 101," the development and history of the varied Otherkin communities, common misconceptions about Otherkin, Otherkin experiences in SF fandom, and where the Otherkin community is headed in the future.

If you are or will be in town, please consider stopping by! Friday-only day-passes will be available (unless we sell out).

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Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions Of Self-Identified Real Vampires

2014-Nov-16, | 06:15 am
posted by: merticus in otherkin_news

Diagnosed Physical & Mental Conditions Of Self-Identified Real Vampires
Presented by Merticus of Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC & Vampire Community News (VCN) - November 12, 2014


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