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On September 30, 2014, the program Hack by Australian national radio broadcaster Triple J aired an episode entitled "What's a Therian?"  In it, two Australian dragon therians were interviewed - if I am hearing them correctly, their names are Mosskinchar and Renthae.

The original story was at http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/s4097695.htm but for some reason is no longer showing up properly on my browser.  An archived copy is available here: http://archive.today/AdAuR  The written text of the article is in addition to the audio, not a transcript of it.  The audio may currently be found here: https://soundcloud.com/triple-j-hack/whats-a-therian
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Content warnings: For this article, comparison between therianthropes and transgender people. The horror novel in question has scenes of very graphic violence.

August: Prolific writer Adam Pfeffer self-published a book titled The Incredible Tiger-Man. It’s a horror novel about a cursed man who physically shape-shifts into a tiger and kills people. In the introduction, Pfeffer compares the fictional hero's situation to some of the beliefs in the non-fictional world about animal shape-shifters. In this, Pfeffer mentioned real people who identify as therianthropes:

“Some say a person identifying with an animal is somewhat similar to gender dysphoria and transsexuality, and is known as species dysphoria and transspeciesism. The species of non-human animal with which a therian identifies with is called that person’s theriotype or phenotype” (Pfeffer, p. ix)


Pfeffer is familiar with the real therianthrope community’s jargon, and uses it correctly. If Pfeffer was involved in the therian community, he doesn’t mention it here. This is the only mention of therianthropes or any of those terms in Pfeffer’s book.

Source


Adam Pfeffer, The Incredible Tiger-Man. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2013.
The selection in question is visible in Google Books:
http://books.google.com/books?id=UTGmAAAAQBAJ&pg=PP10&dq=dysphoria+tiger-man&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8sI1Uv68IYK_igLi-IHgBg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Content warnings: Implicit comparison between therianthropy and transsexuality.

August: A wolf therianthrope named Susitar published a short article in a Swedish-language feminist online magazine. The August issue’s theme was “The body,” and the editors had called at a Pride festival for articles from young queer people. The article is about Susitar’s experiences with species dysphoria. For more information, see Susitar’s post on the Werelist forum about it.

- O. Scribner



Source


Susitar (Lanina), “Personal text about species dysphoria published.” 2013-08-15. The Werelist: A therianthrope community resource (forum). http://www.werelist.net/forums/showthread.php?t=33216

Susitar Lykantrophona, “Hyfsat snygg för att vara apa (Pretty good looking for an ape.)” 2013-08. Ballers: Feministiskt Livsstilsmagasin (online magazine). http://ballers.se/2013/08/15/hyfsat-snygg-for-att-vara-apa/ Automatic translation into English, beware of translation errors: http://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fballers.se%2F2013%2F08%2F15%2Fhyfsat-snygg-for-att-vara-apa%2F&act=url

Posted with permission from Susitar. Thank you, Susitar.
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Content warnings: None.

July 24: The House of Chimeras is assembling a list of audio and video resources about therianthropes. The audio resources include radio as well as podcasts. The video resources are limited to TV documentaries. The Chimeras want to know about more resources to add. They also want to know how best to share a database of the actual files.
You need to log in to the Werelist forum in order to view the forum post in question.


Source


House of Chimeras, “Audio and video of the community.” 2013-07-24. The Werelist: A therianthrope community resource (forum). http://www.werelist.net/forums/showthread.php?t=33161

Posted with permission from the House of Chimeras.
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Content warnings: Publicity. For the linked thread: ableism, profanity, adult content (mention of taboo sexuality).

Last August and this September: An online forum for skeptics on the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) web-site just heard of otherkin and furries for the first time. In the "Otherkin?" forum thread, they’re trying to figure out what these are. On the whole, the forum is confused by them, and not able to tell how much of them is hoax or sincere. Either way, the forum’s pretty sure that they’re something to laugh at.

Source


“Otherkin?” JREF forums. http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=264422
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Content warnings: Publicity.

This October, a therianthrope named Lunar Flare will host a panel about therianthropy. The panel will be at Furfright 2013 in Connecticut. Furfright is a Halloween-themed convention for the furry fandom. (That is, fans of depictions of human-like animals in art, story, and costume. Furry fans like pretend human-like animals, whereas therianthropes identify as animals. It’s different.) The panel will be an open discussion, so Lunar Flare will alternate between giving a speech, and letting the audience talk. He will base his notes on an essay he wrote last year, “Therianthropy Awareness.” Currently, Lunar Flare is open to suggestions for how to adjust his notes for the panel. For this reason, if you have ideas about the upcoming panel, please don't contact me, contact him (by private message on either site linked below).

- O. Scribner


Sources


Lunar Flare, “FurFright 2013 – Therianthropy social and panel.” 2013-06-11. Forest Horizon: Were-Beast Support & Community. http://werebeastcommunity.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=therian&action=display&thread=145
The above link is not a publicly viewable forum thread. You can see it only if you log in to that forum. I linked to it with Lunar Flare’s permission by e-mail.

Lunar Flare, “Therianthropy awareness.” http://vatolobo.tumblr.com/post/26031655211/therianthropy-awareness
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Content warnings: Publicity, spirituality. The linked page also talks about unrelated topics of paranormal phenomena, Christian relics, war, and death.

July: A person who identifies as a horse was interviewed on a radio program.
Coast to Coast AM is an overnight radio program about paranormal phenomena. It airs all over North America. On July 14, the host, Ian Punnett, interviewed Jason “The Horse.” Jason talked about other people who believe they are animals in spirit. Jason considers this interview a good experience. You can read about and listen to this episode on the program’s official web-site.

Jason the Horse has been interviewed on Coast to Coast AM before, as mentioned in an earlier Otherkin News article about him.

Source


Ian Punnett, “Ian’s farewell show.” 2013-07-14. Coast to Coast AM. http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2013/07/14
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Trigger warnings: For this article: Publicity. Comparison between transgender and otherkin identities. For the linked article: sexual assault, and many politically inflammatory topics.

2013: An academic journal article briefly mentioned otherkin. It didn’t do new research on them. They weren't the focus of the article.

In the Journal of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA-PGN), Networking Knowledge, Lenore Bell published an article titled “Trigger Warnings: Sex, Lies and Social Justice Utopia on Tumblr.” (Here’s the abstract, which includes a link to the full text PDF. No login needed.) The focus of the article isn’t on otherkin, but on participants of Tumblr who are involved in social justice activism.

Bell includes a few paragraphs about otherkin, using them as an example of some of the unusual kinds of identifications of participants of Tumblr. For this, Bell quotes from a personal blogger's opinion on Tumblr regarding otherkin, and from the 2012 Gawker article about otherkin. Both of these compare otherkin and transgender identity.



Source


Lenore Bell, “Trigger warnings: Sex, lies and social justice utopia on Tumblr.” Networking Knowledge 6, no. 1 (2013). http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/296
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Trigger warnings: Media attention.

July: A German film student named Elisa S. sent out a casting call for otherkin, among other kinds of people, for her feature-length, semi-fictional, artistic documentary film. The film is titled Seven Curls for the Untamed, on the theme of wildness.

Source


Elisa (posted by Merticus), "Artistic Documentary Project Seeking Therians & Otherkin." 2013-07-16. Vampire Community News. http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/07/16/artistic-documentary-project-seeking-therians-otherkin/
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Trigger warnings: The comments on this post mention an eating disorder (anorexia). The linked article contains snakes and brief mentions of plastic surgery. The linked video also contains these, in addition to profanity, and a lot of offensive, sexist hate speech about women's bodies. There's also some remarks equating spiritual beliefs with mental illness. It's the whole "catch 22" where the patriarchy gives impression that only beautiful women will be treated with respect or like their ideas are worth listening to, but then it turns out that women who do their utmost to be beautiful are treated hatefully and assumed to be unintelligent anyway.

July: A model named Valeria Lukyanova, 23, in the Ukraine, "believes she is from another planet - possibly Venus, but she isn't quite sure - so isn't really human like the rest of us. [...] She genuinely believes she's from another planet. 100 per cent. She's not making any money from her life - not even from the seminars she gives - which is originally why I thought she was doing this."1 The VICE documentary series "My Life Online" ran an episode about Lukyanova this month. The full episode (over 20 minutes long) can be viewed on the official VICE site.2 In it, Lukyanova talks briefly about her memories of her past incarnation and her spirituality, but this is not the focus of the documentary.

I am not aware of whether Lukyanova is involved with communities of people who identify as extraterrestrials, the starseed community, or anything similar.



Sources


1. Martha De Lacey, "The voices in her head, internet trolls and an OBSESSION with perfection: Inside the world of 'real life Barbie' Valeria Lukyanova." 2013-07-25. Daily Mail Online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2377832/Human-Barbie-Ukraines-Valeria-Lukyanova-new-Vice-documentary-Will-Fairman.html

2. William Fairman, "Space Barbie." My Life Online. Vice. http://www.vice.com/en_uk/my-life-online/space-barbie-full-length
[identity profile] jarandhel.livejournal.com
The Shifting Hearts romance anthology has been published.  This anthology by Good Mourning publishing describes itself as:

"It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but what if the soul that looks back isn't as human as you first thought?

These seven captivating and unique love stories shine a spotlight on otherkin— people who spiritually identify as being something other than human. From non-human mystical creatures to ravens, coyotes, cats and dogs; each tale is a fresh and exciting window into the otherkin subculture. Go on a journey where love isn't always where you thought to find it, or who you thought to find it in."

At this time it seems to only be available as a Kindle ebook.
[identity profile] jarandhel.livejournal.com
Dragonkin by Lavie Tidhar, published by Tor Books, is a work of fiction dealing directly with the otherkin community and our beliefs, and what would happen if something happened which allowed us to take our true forms.  It deals with aspects of the otherkin community from awakening to headmates and otakukin.  Some liberties have, however, been taken with the addition of speculative additional kintypes not typically represented among the real otherkin community.

I'm not personally a fan of mixing genuine otherkin terminology and beliefs with fantasy in this manner, I think it makes it that much harder for people to find non-fictional information, but it is quite well written and worth a look. 
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Trigger warnings: None.

June: A UK official, Councillor Simon Parkes, has publicly stated that he believes that he has an extraterrestrial mother, and that he has fathered an extraterrestrial child. He has no concrete evidence that either of them exist. He's going to star in a documentary about his purportedly frequent contact with extraterrestrials. He states that he doesn't believe that this background interferes with his work on the council.

As far as I'm aware, Parkes hasn't participated in communities of people who identify as extraterrestrials (who call themselves starseeds) or other than human (otherkin).


Sources


Stuart Minting, "Whitby councillor claims to have fathered alien child." 2013-06-17. The Northern Echo. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10488568.Whitby_councillor_claims_to_have_fathered_alien_child/

"My 'mother' is a 9ft green alien, says councillor." 2012-03-23. The Scarborough News. http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/local/my-mother-is-a-9ft-green-alien-says-councillor-1-4377481

idoubtit, "An extraterrestrial affair." 2013-06-19. Doubtful News. http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/06/an-extraterrestrial-affair/
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"Asylum Entertainment is seeking people to cast who are involved in unique subcultures or with unusual lifestyles for a TV Docu-Series on major cable network." This includes otherkin, vampires, furries, and anyone involved in other lifestyles and subcultures, focusing on singles or couples in the age range of 18-30.

More info here

Thanks to Merticus for making me aware of this; sorry if I stole your thunder by posting this before you got to it. :3
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Trigger warnings: None.

March 5, 2013: At the American University in Washington, D.C., Trevor Addie delivered a guest lecture before an anthropology class (ANTH-331 "Taboos")1 of twenty people.2 Addie delivered a lecture called “Therianthropy: A state of being.” (The lecture is shown in the Youtube video, above.) Addie has a Bachelor of Arts in Justice, with a minor in Anthropology, awarded in 20123, and is going to law school next. Trevor is also an affiliate of the Therianthropy Research Group, which says that this “appears to be the first ever lecture on Therianthropy.”4

The lecture introduces the basics of the experience of therianthropy and the community around it. For the lecture, Addie worked with three people who identify as therians: Wolfstorm, a science student and wolf; Prowl, a computer tech and tiger; and Graytooth, an athlete and prehistoric beardog (Amphicyon cynelos). Addie explains the difference between therianthropy and similar things, such the furry fandom, clinical lycanthropy, and “otherkinism.” Addie lists a few types of shifts that therianthropes describe experiencing, and looks at the significance of the community demographics, and emphasizes the community’s overall attitude of shyness about any public recognition of therianthropy. In the discussion segment at the end, the audience asks some thoughtful and surprising questions.5

The Therianthropy Research Group says that the lecture “was also the first public announcement of our research group. Going live on our site the day before, we felt it was the ideal time to be announced to the community.”6 The Therianthropy Research Group says of its plans to research therianthropy,

“We aim to conduct professional research with full ethics backing in a hope to try and find not only common themes among the experiences of those who are self-identified therians, but also try and investigate finding a potential cause of therianthropy and bring some understanding in both the scientific communities and society in general about who a therian is and what they experience. […] Together we plan to conduct our own research in our free time with hopes of benefiting the community as a whole. Our research will be conducted according to the scientific method to minimize any biases. We have ethics backing from the University of Northampton; however this does not mean the university shares our opinions, so anything you see on this site is purely a result of our own work.”7


Five academics made the Therianthropy Research Group. This includes Timothy Grivell, a postgraduate who wrote an undergraduate dissertation about therianthropy, and has been active in the therianthrope community since 2009. Grivell wrote,

“My main aim in researching therianthropy so far has been to distinguish it from phenomena that are labelled as mental disorders; I take a critical attitude towards such labels, especially when individuals are able to live fully functional lives. I intend to build on the initial, exploratory work to look at the wider implications; what does the existence of therianthropy mean for society, and how can society be better equipped to understand therianthropy? I hope that my research can help to increase both awareness and understanding of therianthropy.”


Dr. Helen Clegg, a senior lecturer in Psychology, says,

“In 2011, I discovered the Therian community through Tim Grivell […] I plan to develop my research into therianthropy by exploring related experiences, such as mental shifts and phantom limbs, developing an understanding of how and why some people become therians whereas others do not, and focusing on a non-pathologising approach to these experiences.”


Elizabeth Roxburgh is a Chartered Psychologist who “was awarded her PhD by the University of Northampton for research exploring the phenomenology and psychology of spiritualist mental mediumship,” and has much interest in parapsychology and spirituality.

Emily Bemelmans, an undergraduate, active in the therianthrope community since 2004, says, “I am fascinated about how humans can feel like they are an animal and whether just human traits are being misidentified or if it really is possible to ‘be’ that specific animal.”

Mario Cintron, an undergraduate, active in the therian community since 2006, says,

“My major interest in therianthropy research involves potential cognitive links for the experience of phantom limbs that many therians report. Are phantom limbs experienced through the same neurological pathways as physical limbs? What kind of activity occurs in the brain when these feelings intensify?”8


Mario Cintron wrote a transcript of Addie’s lecture. You can download the transcript from the web-site of the Therianthropy Research Group: here.

- O. Scribner



Sources


1. TherianEdu, “Therianthropy: A state of being.” Published 2013-05-10. Youtube. http://youtu.be/ZMEkuOW5pjs or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMEkuOW5pjs Video.
2. “News.” Posted 2013-05-12. Therianthropy Research Group. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/index.php/news/
3. “Affiliates.” Therianthropy Research Group. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/index.php/about/affiliates/
4. “News.”
5. “Affiliates.”
6. “News.”
7. “Home. (Welcome to our site! So what is the Therianthropy Research Group?)” Therianthropy Research Group. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/
8. “About.” Therianthropy Research Group. 2012-11-24. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/index.php/about/
9. “Affiliates.”
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Trigger warnings: Publicity trouble, derision.

Grantland.com has a couple of articles about the recent documentaries that have animal people in them. Grantland, established in 2011, is an online magazine focusing on sports and pop culture. ESPN owns it.1 Both of these articles come from Tara Ariano’s article series about television documentaries that Ariano considers to be “freak shows.” The tone is derisive. Yesterday’s article dealt with Boomer the Dog on Taboo USA.2 Another article in the series, from last April, talks about the appearance of Steven and Timothy in “I think I’m an animal.”3

For a round-up of all news about the “I think I’m an animal” documentary, see this earlier post on Otherkin News, which I updated today with more links.



Sources


1. “Bill Simmons.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Simmons
(Bill Simmons is the editor-in-chief of Grantland.)
2. Tara Ariano, “Freak Show & Tell: Something to put all that ‘otherkin’ stuff into perspective.” 2013-06-11. Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/79238/freak-show-tell-something-to-put-all-that-otherkin-stuff-into-perspective
3. Tara Ariano, “Freak Show & Tell: A lovingly illustrated interspecies romance.” 2013-04-30. Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/75646/freak-show-tell-a-lovingly-illustrated-interspecies-romance
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On June 4th 2013, National Geographic's Taboo USA aired an episode titled 'Secret Passions'. It includes a segment on Boomer the Dog, a man who says he's a dog trapped in a human body.

You can see a preview of the episode here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/taboo/videos/im-a-dog/
Or learn more about Boomer at his website: http://boomerthedog.net/
[identity profile] houseofchimeras.livejournal.com
Australian channel, SBS 2 for The Feed aired a clip called “Otherkin: heart of a human, spirit of a wolf.”

The clip can be seen on their official Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU_E-oXxyQU

The video description states:

“‘People don't want to be seen as any different, they want to fit in, but I've given up on fitting in.’ Billions of people around the world feel like they have a spiritual existence. Some identify as being created, others feel they've evolved, some are incarnated, and a handful are even brought here from other worlds. But what is it like to live in a human body when your spirit identifies with being an animal. The Feed explores the spiritual world of Otherkin.

Filmed, edited, and produced by Nick McDougall.”
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Trigger warnings: The linked article talks about menopause symptoms, paranormal phenomena, and extreme violence in history and in horror fiction.

An article in the Huffington Post Blog talked about real people “who think they’re vampires, or werewolves, or witches […] a merman.” The humorist Donna Highfill interprets these as fantasies for coping with the boring or tragic parts of life.

Highfill wrote, “I must admit that I'd prefer to believe that I'm becoming a werewolf rather than accept the fact that, in my menopausal years, I now have to shave my face. How much cooler would it be to know that as the facial hair comes in, it brings with it tremendous power? […] So, maybe we forgive ourselves the need to be fantastical creatures. But, let's also keep our feet on the ground. Being human isn't that bad.”

Thanks to Merticus for pointing out this article in a post to the WereList Media Center.

- O. Scribner


Source


Donna Highfill, “Am I menopausal or a powerful werewolf?” 2013-04-23. Huffington Post: The Blog. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-highfill/am-i-menopausal-or-a-powe_b_3132315.html
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Trigger warnings: Publicity.

Caters News, which is “one of the UK’s biggest press agencies,” has sent messages to otherkin. Their e-mail, re-posted here, says only that Caters News wants to “help spread awareness of the subject,” without specifying what form of media it will use. (News articles? A TV show? Who knows?)

Thanks to Of Salfarro, an otherkin, for collecting and publicly re-posting that message.

- O. Scribner


Source


Of Salfarro, “Here we go again…” 2013-04-03. Otherkin. http://otherkin.livejournal.com/578268.html

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