Comic 921 - Relief

3rd Mar 2017, 9:22 PM in Ch. 31 - A Symbol of Trust
Relief
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Jocelyn 3rd Mar 2017, 9:22 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Scene end. Only a little more chapter to go (told you this was going to be a short one). But what do you make of this? What does this all mean for the future of the story? For Rain? For Ana? For the other kids not in the know?


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BillycannotFly 3rd Mar 2017, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
BillycannotFly
I completely understand where Ana is coming from, but I can see some tension arising from this in the future...
Maplestrip 3rd Mar 2017, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Yay!

I'm happy with how this ended up! :D
hope 3rd Mar 2017, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
I don't think that Ana should have to come out about anything. I think it's nice she trusted Rain, but she shouldn't have to come out. I think it should be known by everyone that if they're comfortable as they are, they don't have to change anything or tell anyone anything.
Reimi 3rd Mar 2017, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Reimi
Yeah, this is going to come up with Gavin at some point... probably not for a few chapters though.
Kyla 3rd Mar 2017, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
It's funny because I am exactly like Ana
mecaterpillar 4th Mar 2017, 12:43 AM edit delete reply
"I'm cisgender now for all intents and purposes"

Am I the only one wondering how this works?
Jadelynn 4th Mar 2017, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
Jadelynn
Basically, she's in the body she identifies in? If I'm understanding it correctly.
BlackSocks 4th Mar 2017, 1:54 AM edit delete reply
BlackSocks
Or that it would be very difficult for someone- the school, for example- to prove she isn't cis?
Dawn 4th Mar 2017, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
I was thinking it was along the lines of "You should jst think of me as cis, and so should everyone else," not that she's literally cis now.
Jocelyn 4th Mar 2017, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@mecaterpillar

What Dawn said. By "all intents and purposes", she's just saying she doesn't want to come out. Because if she doesn't, she'll likely be assumed cis by others. She's just admitted to being trans on the previous page, so calling herself totally 100% cis would be contradictory. In other words, she just means she's trying to live as though she's cis... not that she IS cis.
Dream of a Pebble 5th Mar 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Although to be fair, the cis/trans opposition does get a bit muddled with intersex people.
BlackSocks 4th Mar 2017, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
BlackSocks
And another stir is given to the pot of trouble that will soon boil over.
Lex-Kat 4th Mar 2017, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
Lex-Kat
Will you stop adding things to the stew already! Just keep stirring.
Lia47 4th Mar 2017, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
aw. I'm not sure whether or not to feel bad for Ana, this may really be how she's happiest, but Rain definitely wanted a friend she could talk to about this stuff.
Emerald Kitten-Tail 5th Mar 2017, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
i agree and Rain just looks so disappointed in that last frame.
Guest 4th Mar 2017, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
One more chapter? Or one more page?
Lyss 4th Mar 2017, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
While I completely understand how Ana feels about herself, I hope she won't get upset if Rain wants to gush to her friends about how her transition is going.
Samantha 4th Mar 2017, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
Generally, my experience coming to grips with depression and transgender issues has been an effort in learning about exposure therapy. How walking in public as the opposite sex, and learning to pass, inevitably some people know anyway. Is that so horrible?

It's not our place to out them, but if the truth comes out, some of them go to incredible lengths (think, I'll kill you if you tell someone) to cover it up again... Sometimes it is better if they stop looking to belong in a group that only accepts them as such based on ignorance (i.e. Ana wishes to belong as female based on an assumption that people won't look at her differently, all the while this is dependent on them not knowing, as in, to belong she has to hide where she came from). Honestly, "the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind."

I offer Rachel Dolezal's story as an example. White woman who spent tremendous resources trying to get benefits as a black person. Curled her hair, makeup to darken her skin, etc. Mom came on tv or whatever, and showed her genealogy, and how uhhhh no you're white for many many generations. Now she's about to be homeless and jobless. If she from the onset was like, "I am a black ally" exposing her would mean nothing.

I told my employer I was genderfluid, I routinely walk outside as either male or female. I don't think there is one person in town that does not know or suspect who/what I am. They don't care.
Transginger 5th Mar 2017, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
Transginger
Okay, I didn't say anything before, but now that it's out... There are OFFICIALLY too many LGBTQ+ people.

I kid, I kid. It makes sense that anyone in this school would find each other.
siegelpeapod2 6th Mar 2017, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
There are also too many cishet characters :P

Sure statistically they outnumber lgbt people by a huge amount, but this is fiction. This story probably has enough though.
Seikueon 6th Mar 2017, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
I'd never say there was too many queer people. The fact there's not more redundancy, but "one of every flavor" is one thing, but there's not "too many".

What I question is their choice to go to Catholic school. I understand why some do, but unless the public school was just terrible, I don't know why Rain (even with administrative discount) or Ana's aunt and dad think this is the best place for them. And Ky seems to be okay in public school.
Jessica Bright 6th Mar 2017, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
There's a few reasons why this might happen. Some of them came out in catholic school or were sent there to be 'cured'. Some can just pass freely in a catholic school without it being generally questioned. Some want to move away from their old school where their old identity was known ect. Sometimes it's really just the best education.
Jocelyn 6th Mar 2017, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Seikueon

Rain is in this school because she and Fara thought it best if she attended the same school her aunt worked at. When Fara applied to various schools to make that happen, St. Hallvard was the only one that responded. And while Fara warned her about the potential implications, Rain is the one that ultimately decided on this school (this is all in one of the print exclusive bonus chapters, so I understand if people don't know).

Most of the rest of the characters though, have been explained, either subtly or directly. Maria and Rudy were sent there by their homophobic parents to dissuade them from "turning gay". Incidentally, that's why Gavin is there too after his mom divorced his gay dad (that one might have been exclusively said in a bonus chapter, but it's made apparent early on in the online pages that his mom is very unsupportive of his dad's homosexuality). Chanel mentions at one point that she's suffered trauma from bullying, so she was sent to this religious school in hopes to protect her from that sort of thing. And while I don't think it's ever explicitly stated why Emily is there, private schools are believed to offer better education (which goes in line with her early story goals of seeking perfection).

As for Ana or any of the other kids, we don't know yet. But there are a lot of reasons kids could end up in a school like this. It doesn't necessarily have to be a bad reason. It might not have anything to do with one's faith. When I ended up in Catholic school for a few years back in the day, it was just because I was a terrible student. Yes, I grew up Catholic, but we weren't the heavily practicing sort (and I was nowhere near being out yet). My parents were just hoping it'd be more hands on, and I'd get better grades (for what it's worth, I didn't).
Seikueon 7th Mar 2017, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
I understood most of the other characters just fine for all those reasons. ^_^ It was mostly Fara and Ana's Dad that made me confused, so since one is print only, it makes sense I wouldn't know technically and the other hasn't been revealed. (yet?) So that helps.

I was briefly in Catholic school even though my dad excommunicated himself from the church with a vengeance (before I was born) because it was best for my specific situation. But I was deeply unaware of my queerness at the time, so it wasn't my issue. If I hadn't buried it so deep, maybe I would have opposed going. As it was, it was already weird because of a difference in religion.

That, and the fact the novel I'm writing has a similar setting, but a different type of story, just had me speculating on the setting a bit. The forced closet for everyone is an interesting trope, but I was wondering if it was like that for the drama or if there was enough in-world reasoning. I'd say I accept it better now.
Jocelyn 7th Mar 2017, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Seikueon

In fairness, when it comes down to it, I did really want to use this setting. Catholic school was a very significant time in my life (for better or worse), and I don't feel the setting is explored terribly often in modern stories.

But as a writer, I also don't like to do things for no reason (because it IS odd for someone like Rain to be in a school like this, usually). So while the reasons for them all being there aren't terribly essential to the overall story, I wanted to still HAVE reasons. So I guess it's a little bit of both. I hope that makes sense. ^_^
Me 12th Mar 2017, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
It really is not clear at all that Gavin's mum is homophobic. Of course, it's a reasonable assumption to make considering the majority of the background characters are, however it could just as easily be that she is just (justifiably) angry and bitter about her husband leaving her.
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