I fell down an internet rabbit hole and stumbled (tumblrd?) upon something I hadn't really ever heard about before - Otherkin. I know y'all are pretty savvy* folks, so you probably know all about this already, but I think the gist of it is that people who identify as 'Otherkin' believe that they are non-human in some way, such as thinking they are a dog born in a human body. Tumblr takes this pretty seriously; Gawker, by contrast, does not.
I'm not really sure what to make of this, so I'm outsourcing it to the hivemind. On the one hand, how people identify themselves is their business and their business alone - on the other hand, there's a lot of misappropriation of trans identity rhetoric and (at least on Tumblr) a fair bit of aggression towards both cis and trans people for a perceived "privilege". I worry that this search for recognition (which, I suppose, is their right) could be damaging to trans acceptance and broader queer/non-normative identity movements; I also worry that individuals who are, regardless of my judgement, either struggling with or living well with a non-human identity may be discriminated against or prevented from expressing who they are.
*I love that 'savvy' has two 'v's in it. Not a lot of words have the double-vee.