It never was. Back in the day you just couldn't hear the opposing point of view from how loud and flaming you were in your little social bubble. Now you're forced to mingle with the rest of us and you're outnumbered.
Back in the day, East Coast furries were like, "Hey, let's draw comics about mice and turtles and let's make them be like people, not for kids though, because we're adults now. We can do what we like to read and fuck the mainstream censors."
West coast furries were like, "Yay! Gay orgy time! Let's draw PORN and fuck plushies. Let's BE plushies - we'll call it fursuiting! Otherkins? Welcome! BDSM? Welcome! Wicca and other weirdoes? Welcome! We can do it all because we're the misunderstood geeks! We are the LIFESTYLERS! Furry pride! Furry is a big umbrella that everybody can stand under, except those hhhyyyyyoooomaanns…. fursecution! fursecution!. "