Comic 158 - Transgender Day of Remembrance

20th Nov 2011, 2:06 AM in Special
Transgender Day of Remembrance
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Jocelyn 20th Nov 2011, 2:06 AM edit delete
Depicted in the piece above is a story I made up. Unfortunately, it is not at all fictional. Stories like this happen in real life, and they happen FAR too often. Statistically speaking, a transgendered person is murdered every month.

This piece is dedicated to the all transgendered people who have been murdered simply for trying to themselves. They are not trying to hurt anyone. They simply wish to pursue happiness for themselves; a right that ALL humans are entitled to. So, why does this keep happening? Why is Alicia's fictional story so heartrendingly real?

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I ask you to at least take a moment out of your day to just reflect on this... or if you know someone (besides me) who is transgendered, just give them a hug... or if you ARE transgendered, just be strong and don't be afraid of who you are.

(Also, I realize this is in no way related specifically to Rain's story, but obviously, it is kind of an extremely relevant theme. So I wanted to post this here too. Awareness doesn't come if people are quiet after all.)
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DominoJaye 20th Nov 2011, 6:34 AM edit delete reply much as I want to go along with this comic, I just can't.

The only (probably more realistic for 'ethnic' situations) thought that goes through my mind is the parent(s) thinking "If only they didn't insist on trying to be a girl/boy, this wouldn't have happened." and then blame the victim.

I wish that wasn't how I felt...but it is.
...I might've been one of those statistics too, but for some damn reason I lived through 3 overdoses in 3 years like I was Keith Richards or something... >:(

*sigh* I'm sorry, I'm just venting or something.

I really appreciate that you're still plugging away at this, Jocelyn. Keep up the good work.
Dragonrider 20th Nov 2011, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
You have chosen as hard a subject to present as Sky has in Simply Sarah. The fact that all people are not from the same mold, not the same set of DNA patterns, not the same desires. I fully understand and shudder when I hear or read some loudmouth from the "religious reich" sounding about marriage is a man and a woman, a family etc, etc, etc barf... Love transcends Race, Creed, Gender and knows no limitations. Please keep up the good work.
LauraEss 23rd Nov 2011, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
I'd like to add a copy of this to The Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomic Archive. I think I've asked you on Deviant Art as well, but it's been a l-o-n-g day.
KingRandom 9th Dec 2011, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
Butterfly 4th Dec 2013, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Wish I knew another person like me to hug. So would the author accept a hug :)
Zi 27th Jul 2015, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
*hugs from a year and a half down the road.*

I was pretty lonely growing up too. I want to be there for anyone who feels that way, because I don't want anyone to feel the way I did.

Take care, Butterfly.
Aravore 6th Nov 2015, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
This is now a group hug
Synergiance 15th Feb 2016, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
at this point it's a pileup :)
Transginger 19th Mar 2016, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
Munki 22nd Jun 2017, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
Guest 1st Dec 2017, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
*-le hugssss-*
Emily 5th May 2018, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
A million hugs to all of you <3

(Hey, 2019 readers - keep it going, okay?)
ESTAZ 6th Oct 2018, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Not quite 2019, but I thought I'd return a hug anyway. *hugs* Don't forget to pass it on!
Rain 11th Mar 2019, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Ey y'all 2020 peeps better continue this hug *hug*
Honeywheeler 3rd May 2019, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Here’s to more hugs
MissFortune713 23rd Jan 2020, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Here in 2020!! Big big big hugs for everyone!!!
Katla 31st Aug 2014, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
Holy fuck, this one needs a trigger warning attached to it. Love the comic so far, been blitzing through the archives, but I couldn't even finish reading the first sentence of this one.
Tualha 14th May 2015, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Way, way more than one a month. Last TDoR there were hundreds on the list.
Romy 5th Jan 2016, 11:19 AM edit delete reply


I've lost friends, too.
HinataTlaltelpa 2nd Feb 2016, 12:48 AM edit delete reply
... sad
The T.C. 13th Aug 2016, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Finding out it wasn't based on a real story was kinda like "SYKE jez kiddin' LOL"

Though the fact it was so believable is sad...
Some Ed 11th Jun 2017, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Is it really that much different to read something like this which is based loosely on hundreds, possibly thousands of stories, than it is to read something that is a single true story?

This has happened. Jocelyn may not have personally heard of it, but, statistically speaking, I'm certain it's happened multiple times, at least if you don't care too much about the exact timing and the name. Because there's a lot of parents who reject their child when they come out, and there's a lot of transgender individuals who get killed. And it's my experience with parents that they're more likely to accept their child postmortem, regardless of what set them at odds.
Lex-Kat 14th Nov 2016, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
*hugs* for any who need it.
Lex-Kat 16th Nov 2016, 2:36 AM edit delete reply
And Jocelyn, this is beautiful and heartrending.
MeWho 28th Sep 2018, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
I didn't notice the date when surfing up through the archive. But as a follower of Venus Envy when it got ME through hard times, I recognized it immediately. I've lost some friends along the way, and that is part of why I am where I am now. I have family, kids, my health. And balancing what sort of role is harder to 'play'. I totally appreciate 'Rain' ; it is a wonderful welcoming, and genuine space for many people. Myself, included, even if I didn't take the path I once felt compelled toward. Thank you for this site.
Guest 1st May 2019, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
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