What do you think makes the fandom special, and what are your thoughts in general about it?
I find the fandom amazing simply because anthropomorphism is such a cool concept. It’s not a new thing, either, dating back to the beginnings of humanity. Even the fandom itself is pretty old, officially starting in 1989 I believe, back when we were called 'funny animal fans', and just like the name, our fandom has transformed and grown so much since then. While I officially joined the fandom in 2017, I’ve known about the fandom since 2009, and that in itself is impressive. Most fandoms don’t last more than 10 years before the subject matter fades into obscurity, but furry continues strong to this day - now not so much of a fandom than rather simply a tight community. The whole thing is a testament to the positive influence of thte internet itself, as the fandom was there for the dawn of its popularity, and it remains at the foreground of new developments to this day - making use of VRChat, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Deviantart, Tumblr, about all that one could think of. That in a way is due to the fact that the fandom can appeal to a wide variety of niches and preferences - artwork, video content, costumes like fursuits, craftsmanship, the list goes on.
The fandom is also a perfect community for those who just want to be themselves. There's many people who take that advantage for granted, but for those who really need it, furry can be a breath of life into social expression, creativity, feeling like you're in touch both with yourselves and others - name it, the positivity is there. From the early 1990s, the fandom was already an accepting space. Back then, if you were queer in some way - be it having peculiar interests or be it in terms of your sexuality - people tended to have no means of expression, and those around them would merely see them as strange or weird. Now, with online communities like ours, in the 2000s, the 2010s, the 2020s and beyond it has stayed and will probably always stay specially geared towards LGBTQIA+, which many find a strong positive point in helping furries stay united.