Comic 1182 - Don't Be Ashamed

5th Jul 2019, 9:47 AM in Ch. 37 - Prom Night
Don't Be Ashamed
Average Rating: 4.75 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 5th Jul 2019, 9:47 AM edit delete
I think it's worth pointing out that despite everything, this is still a hard moment for Drew. This is still going against however many years of conditioning for him. He still probably doesn't get everything (maybe even most things) Ky is dealing with. And through his whole arc thus far, he's still never gotten any past the questioning stage (that's right, I haven't mentioned it much recently, but his orientation is still up in the air).

In other words, the kid's still got a lot of figuring out to do (I mean, we don't usually have it all figured out before high school is over, after all). But going forward, maybe he's in a better position to work on that now. ^_^

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Frost Winters 5th Jul 2019, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Our boi Drew learnding!!!!
Aria 5th Jul 2019, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Now... Why couldn't my "friends" and relatives be this way? Instead of just shunning me and claiming I'm shoving my identity down their throats, they acknowledge they *don't get it* but they want to because I'm important to them...

Kudos to you, I absolutely love your comic, I love the accurate depiction of people LEARNING about themselves, and how some people simply don't want to grow past their angry toe-biting-imp phases.
Vulcan 5th Jul 2019, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
All of society is just beginning to learn to deal with gender identity and sexual preference instead of pretending these things don't exist. We've only been dealing with LGB for what, 40 years? Less for T and the rest of the spectrum. Society is still trying to cope with sixty years of interracial marriage, a century of woman's rights, and 160 years of attempted racial equality. We're still not there on ANY of them.

But - on the average - we have come forward over the years. May not be much consolation for you, but your kids (if you have any) will be better off for our work now.
Dream of a Pebble 5th Jul 2019, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Not before high school is over? Yes, indeed – I got my Ph.D. before I really understood that some people are actually cis and not just better at playing the assigned role 😄

Drew's doing pretty well, considering. Hope it works out.
freekate78 5th Jul 2019, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
good for you drew.
DocMesa 5th Jul 2019, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Sexuality is hard.
Zyla 5th Jul 2019, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Now Drew, repeat after me
And whatever your current gender and presentation, I really like you. Would it be cool if I kissed you

.. fine, you can just ask him dance
Fox 5th Jul 2019, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Glad to see him finally getting it and being true to himself and his friends.
FishEye18 5th Jul 2019, 10:21 PM edit delete reply

...Excuse me, that was a brain fart on my part. Ahem. *looks away*
Guest 10th Jul 2019, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
You know what that is? Growth.

In all seriousness, I feel like Drew's hangups with Ky go hand in hand with his repressed bisexuality. The person Drew has a crush on can't *not* be a girl, therefore Ky can't *not* be a girl.
Mturtle7 5th Mar 2022, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
I LOVE the double meaning of that last panel - I think that, until recently, Drew's not only been ashamed of Ky for being "a guy that dresses like a girl", he's ALSO been ashamed of Rob for making so many cringe-worthy, homophobic, "jokes". And now he's finally managed to figure out what the best solutions were to BOTH of those problems. Good on him!
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