Frequently Asked Questions
Babyfurs are members of the furry fandom that are typically into wearing diapers, participating in Age Play role playing scenes, and ABDL. ABDL stands for ‘Adult Baby Diaper Lover’ and is a group of consenting adults that enjoy diapers, and who often role play as younger individuals or “Adult Babies”. There are NO MINORS involved, just adults 18+ pretending to be younger and reliving their childhood in a safe space. Age Play is another term for this, and babyfurs can also role play as older kids too, also called ‘kidfurs’. It’s all harmless fun! Imagine getting to forget about the bills, work or school, and the stresses of adult life and instead get to eat mac ‘n’ cheese, hug your plushie, wear comfortable clothes, get loved and cared for and just relax! It’s awesome! And the community is super welcoming of any adult who wants to participate.
The furry fandom is a subculture interested in anthropomorphic (humanized) animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, speaking, walking on two legs, and wearing clothes. Think of just about any cartoon featuring animated animals and you’ll get the idea. Furries typically gather online, and at conventions such as Galactic Camp® where you will see costuming, anthropomorphic art (artists take commissions and draw people’s characters), fursuits (custom made mascot-style costumes designed to represent people’s unique characters that often cost thousands of dollars and many hundreds of hours of craftsmanship to make), and educational panels.
Many in the furry fandom have a fursona; an original, custom character or avatar that represents an idealized version of themselves and is sometimes a critical part of their identity. Furries create and name their characters, and many use names in their friend circles. For many furries, their fursuits or other costumes such as “kigus” (short for kigurumis, a cross between a costume and pajamas) are so critical to their identity they will not attend events unless they are allowed to do so in suit/costume; this is why Babyfur Con® will never hold a convention where masks or costumes are banned.
The difference between ABDLs and babyfurs is that ABDLs are not necessarily furries; while babyfurs represent the overlap between the furry and ABDL communities. Age Players, Littles, Middles, Bigs and ABDLs are always welcome at Babyfur Con®, and most babyfur communities welcome everyone with open arms (or fuzzy paws). Just a note: fursuits, costuming, and furry art are all a huge part of the babyfur community, something to keep in mind before you attend a babyfur event if you are not comfortable with masks and costumes. Also note that many babyfur artists will also draw commissions of human ABDL character art pieces, so you can still participate in the art even if cute baby animals are not your jam! For the most part both communities have a ton in common and babyfurs are often seen at CAP Con, WCJG, and other Age Play events. You typically spot them seeing their baby animal themed art displayed.
You can make a donation to our 501(c)3 and/or sign up to volunteer at one of our events. We are in constant need of a smol army of volunteers to run registration, social media, panels, dealers’ den, operations, public safety, AV, con ops, and all the other roles you see in any given convention. Ahhhh… so much work to be done!
Also as described in the above “When is Babyfur Con®”, we need to raise roughly $35,000 in order to produce our in-person ABDL Las Vegas Convention – basically we need enough funds to cover the hotel buy-out and an emergency fund to issue refunds in case of a cancellation.
There has been a lot of talk in the news about online meeting software like Zoom and security. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to keep our attendees safe. Let us explain: Babyfur Con’s usage of video conferencing will go one step further than password protection. Each paid attendee will get a link emailed to each session that is personal to them. The link should not be shared with anyone else (if the link is shared, we’ve built special software to automatically deactivate the link and kick those who used it out immediately), and people without an individual link will not be able to join any of the sessions by guessing session IDs or passwords. Babyfur Con will also have the ability to revoke any individual user’s link to sessions at any time should a user share their link.
Additionally, Babyfur Con will not require attendees to sign up with Zoom. The only thing Zoom will need will be an email address (to send your personalized link for each session) and a name, which can be completely fictitious or a fan/furry name. This is the only information Zoom will have about our attendees.
Zoom has taken a lot of criticism recently about privacy and safety. The majority of this revolves around poor user security. While it’s true Zoom could’ve made things less easy to be misused, the majority of “Zoombomings” were happening to people who posted links to their meetings on public spaces like Facebook or Twitter. There were no passwords on these meetings, meaning anyone could join. Also all online video conference systems have a similar flaw. If you share the link, malicious people can use the link to join those calls. Zoom has taken most of the heat because it is the most popular video conference system right now. If you have further questions or concerns we haven’t addressed here, feel free to contact us.
If you are reading this section, you might be wondering what ‘vetting’ is and why we do it.
For starters, Babyfur Con® is an adults-only 18+ event and, as such, we must be able to guarantee that anyone who is given access to the event is legally an adult. This is primarily to ensure the security of the event and the consenting adults who wish to participate.
When you sign up and purchase a ticket with Eventbrite, you provide legal information which Eventbrite will store to your account. After you purchase the ticket, you will enter what we call the ‘vetting process’. During the vetting process, we will ask (via email sent from email@example.com) that you provide supporting documents to prove your age and community involvement status. Basically, we want to know that you’re here because you want to be here and have fun as a participant, and not to troll or be a nuisance.
During the vetting process, we may ask for information including (but not limited to) a government-issued ID, as well as your Twitter, FetLife or other social media account handles to support this. We will only ask for relevant information such as age, name and photo from your government-issued ID. We request that you black out, blur or otherwise obscure any other non-relevant information that appears on your ID, so please look for the email we will send for instructions. Once the vetting process is completed, you’ll receive a confirmation email, or an email with follow-up information needed to resolve this process.
If you are unable to or unwilling to provide the requested information, we will void and refund your ticket through Eventbrite (less the Eventbrite fees which are non-refundable).
It’s important to note that if you’ve completed registration for a prior event such as BFC® #1 or 2, and use the same email address with Eventbrite to register for another event such as BFC® #3, we will be able to match your previous registration and you will most likely be able to skip the vetting process, making it a seamless experience.
We understand that not everyone is fully open about this side of their life.
Social media vetting is used to help us only approve individuals who are in some way involved with any of the many online communities associated with this event. If you are new, we recommend checking out other sites and services to increase your presence in the community.
Yes! There is a Telegram Chat for folks to enjoy surrounding the convention. Currently the chat is closed, but look forward to it’s return for BFC® #3.
Send us a direct message on Twitter @BabyfurCon and we’ll either answer your question, or point you in the right direction to get your question answered. You may also email us at crinkle (at) babyfurcon.com.