Comic 605 - Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

20th Nov 2014, 12:03 PM in Special
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014
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Jocelyn 20th Nov 2014, 12:03 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Each grave shown here lists a real name of a real person we lost this year. I realize some of them are hard to read here, but you can go here for a full list. The graves do not list every name though. Not even close. There are just too many names.

Too many people. Murdered. Often in exceptionally brutal and inhuman ways, to the point where some can't even be identified. And why does this happen? Because trans people wanting to be themselves is somehow threatening to people? Are you fucking kidding me?

In addition to all the names on the site, I learned a little while ago second-hand that a friend of mine took her own life fairly recently. I admit I didn't know her especially well, and I don't know the details of what drove her to that. I know she was a Rain fan though. I know I've drawn things for her, and she for me. I'm pretty sure I've given her advice in the past on how to do a webcomic herself. I know she was a cool person with a good sense of humor. It's been probably at least a year since I last talked to her, but I liked every instance in which we did talk. I would've liked to have gotten to know her better.

I also know she was transgender, meaning there are a lot of things that could have been eating away at her, and probably for a long time. And most of the hardships that oft come with being trans - fear, self-loathing, feeling unloved, etc - are pressed on us by people around us who refuse to understand or accept us for being us. I don't agree with suicide, but I can imagine the circumstances that brought my friend to that dark place.


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So, as I say every year: I ask that you at least take a moment out of your day to just reflect on this... or if you know someone who is transgender, just give them a hug or tell them you're there for them... or if YOU are transgender, just be strong, love yourself, and don't be afraid of who you are.
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LauraEss 20th Nov 2014, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
LauraEss
a good page
GigaNerd17 20th Nov 2014, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
GigaNerd17
Amen.
Torne 21st Nov 2014, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
If tears could build a stairway and memories a handrail, i'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. We all miss you, brothers and sisters. You are in our hearts.
j-eagle12212012 22nd Nov 2014, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I pray...
for the year that November 20th can be know as Transgender day of acceptance...
I pray...
for a year where no transperson is killed for being themselves...
I pray...
for a year where it is ok to be yourself and you can actually celebrate it...
I pray ...
for those we lost...
I pray...
for change...
I pray...
Jax Rhapsody 22nd Nov 2014, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
That's why I say eliminate as many negative people around as you can, regardless of who they are- if it can be done, a good %20 increase in happiness, small and important. I don't like too much that people kill tyemselves partially because of others, because I know it's more to it than that.

I'm also hoping all is well with you, we don't know each other, but you seem okay, and I'd hate to see Rain left in a cliff hanger, like Venus Envy. lol on that, I might not know you, but I'm certain you are more than a comic.
Kairie Alexandria 23rd Nov 2014, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
You know, I just finished reading everything until now, and its made me look at my transition from a whole different view. I'm turning eighteen on Christmas and have been trying to get my family and friends to support me for eleven years now, and have only managed to get my mom and grandma on my side. The rest of the family still refers to me as "jacob" and purposefully use the wrong pronouns in some attempt to make me "snap out of it"... but it's been eleven years. They just don't understand I thought when I got my hormones a year ago I could be happier, which I am, but between losing all my family, and shunned by every single person I ever called friend, I've been in a really dark place... this comic series have me new life,a new purpose, I know it's cheesy but yeah... also, your character not only looks exactly like me, but acts the same sometimes as well, so this comic is very personal to me... thank you Jocelyn, you saved me. Also also, I've never met another trans in person... also also also, is be the same as most trans except I was born without any internal reproductive organs and therefore cannot produce any hormones naturally, and the doctors still made me wait for five years, and even forced me to get testosterone for six months.
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