When we think of Irvine, California, a few things come to mind: suburbs, Republicans and a giant mall. Or in other words, not much (apologies to all the fabulous people flying under the radar in Irvine).
But once a year in early June, things get a little freaky.
Enter Califur, stage left.
Califur bills itself as “Southern California’s premiere furry and anthropomorphic convention,” bringing together furries of all shapes and sizes.
And while the furry community isn’t an offshoot of the gay community, you can pretty much assume that in any group that values creativity, playfulness and a bit of kooky sex appeal, you’re bound to find gays.
In fact, if you were to open Grindr outside (or inside, don’t be shy) the convention, this is what you’d find (we covered the profiles with human faces — you can check those out on your own time):
Woof, meow, oink. Welcome to Irvine.