Comic 1377 - Filter

17th May 2021, 10:29 AM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
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Jocelyn 17th May 2021, 10:29 AM edit delete
So, just to quickly run through the first few panels if you need any refreshers:
Gavin gave his blazer to Ryan at prom, which helped him deal with his dysphoria.

Rudy has pretty notoriously outed both Rain and Maria before, so of course, they're happy to hear he's making any kind of effort to not do that now.

And did St. Hallvard get gayer after Isaac left the year before? Well, at the very least, Maria, Rudy, Emily, Drew, and Randy were all there the year before. But most of them weren't out yet, and chances are likely that there were plenty of others who would go on to not realize or come out for years to come. Or plenty who simply choose to remain stealth. Case in point: Ana.

But the real focus of this page is Debbie texting with Emily. For what it's worth, not every kid in the story will be coming to this party. This week's pages will feature a lot of cameos from those who couldn't make it.

It might be a surprise for some of you to hear Debbie was invited, though. However, she is Emily's friend, and they are on speaking terms again. I wonder if there is any chance Debbie and Rain could've be friends, though. What do you think? :)

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LazuliedLapis 17th May 2021, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
I bet Debbie and Rain can get along, even if it wouldn't be easy. I honestly still don't quite understand Debbie, though.
Absentia 16th Jul 2021, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Debbie doesn't understand Debbie.
LadyAnastasia 17th May 2021, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
Ana's "heh" is great. So is Rain and Maria's "Good!".

Props to Rudy for the growth!
Chrissy 17th May 2021, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
I'm not certain on Debbie. She's been better than she once was (she did call Rain out about being trans, after all, not that Madison believed her). And after the mall incident, we definitely saw that her brothers are a handful, and not able to be trusted to not get into mischief.

And on Rudy.. he's getting better, but still outed Ryan to Gavin without permission. Not nearly as direct as outing Rain and Maria, but still...
Julia_ 17th May 2021, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Wait Rudy being responsible? What??? That's new
Syter6 17th May 2021, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Does that mean everybody is here now?
Absentia 18th May 2021, 4:59 AM edit delete reply
Ky is still missing.
Syter6 18th May 2021, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
I know, but considering jocelyn said that this week wil be about the people who couldn't come, i am assuming that means they won't come
Absentia 19th May 2021, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
nah. it just means they probably won't show up this week. they're almost for sure coming.
Syter6 21st May 2021, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Welp. you were totally right, my mistake
Absentia 23rd May 2021, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
its cool. i understand how you came to the conclusions you did. i just overanalyze things, it's the only reason i noticed she was missing :3
ever-present guest 17th May 2021, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Does Debbie know that Rain is trans? I think there was an arc before prom where she was suspicious of Rain, but it wasn't made clear as to whether Debbie had pieced anything together or not.

On that note, is Emily out to Debbie? I can't remember.
luminette 17th May 2021, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
yeah, debbie knows emily's pan now. she mentioned it on page 1257:
Fourth Nate 17th May 2021, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
Debbie asked Rain if she got Emily pregnant, guessed out loud that Rain wasn't cis (to a classmate who didn't believe it), heard her little brothers misgender Rain at the mall, and basically put the pieces together after overhearing Rain checking into prom (Comic 1145 - Doesn't Matter). For the rest of prom, Debbie seems to realize that she shouldn't be questioning Rain's gender, and makes an effort to that effect, but is still vocal about not liking her.
I don't think Debbie has ever been nice to Rain, but she does seem to have a turning point at prom.
ever-present guest 20th May 2021, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
thanks Nate! I feel like I should reread the whole thing to get a better understanding
RainDrizzle 17th May 2021, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
I might not be the best person to answer because I don't 100% remember, hopefully, someone else can hop on and be more confident in their response. From what I remember Debbie pretty much knows from being nosy and not letting things go, but she was able to learn she'd gone too far before she talked about it with anyone who knows. So I think she is in an "oh, it isn't my business" mindset although to get there she really made it her business and pretty much figured it out. Also, I think I remember Emily being out to Debbie but as kind of an offscreen thing where Debbie knows Emily isn't straight but from some conversation that happened outside of the main story.
Again, I don't remember perfectly and I'm sorry if I got any of this wrong
ever-present guest 17th May 2021, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
oh how did I forget about Ranily's prom kiss‽ That's why Debbie knows Emily isn't straight in Conditioned, not because Emily specifically came out to her or Holly. Still, thanks luminette and RainDrizzle for the memory jogging
bgb16999 17th May 2021, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
I feel like if Debbie were here, Rain would be a lot more guarded, and she might have avoided coming out to Ryan, or at least tried to do it in private where Debbie couldn't hear her.
Kikunojo 17th May 2021, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
But they graduated already and rain wants to be more open about it (along with being surrounded by friends and family), so is there a reason not for her to tell Debbie? Even if she didn't accept she would probably listen to Emily anyway
Absentia 18th May 2021, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
fear? Debbie's already almost clocked her once. Rain's bound to be more careful and restrictive of information around her now.

although, it would really depend on how Debbie would react to Ryan's coming out. if she had a positive reaction, Rain might actually consider telling her more.
Gabi 17th May 2021, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Right now? I think it would be hard for Debbie and Rain to be friends, as the woulds are still somewhat fresh. One or two years from now, I think they could. They're both maturing a lot, and if they learn to understand each other and Debbie recognizes her past mistakes - at least to herself - then I think they could become friends. Their connection to Emily can help with that.
Ane Gartlin9 17th May 2021, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Ane Gartlin9
once again a nice new page <3
arkathenia 17th May 2021, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
So much adorable <3 I looooove this entire chapter. Omg, I feel so much better with this <3
Guest 17th May 2021, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
"It's so amazing that almost everyone at this party besides you and Gavin is queer or trans in some way."
This is so funny to me and I don't know why. Maybe it's just how stealthy Ana is that nobody knows.
Fourth Nate 17th May 2021, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Amen to what might be/ have been different without the "high school bullshit" filter
Pseudonym 17th May 2021, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
Come to think of it, is Ana trans? I know she's had surgery, I know she presented as a boy (can I say "lived as a boy"?) before turning out to be a girl and then a young woman. But I know very little about being intersex and how that figures into it.

Or is this part of Ana for her to know and for us to not ask?
Julia_ 18th May 2021, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Pretty sure she's intersex. here's where it was brought up . She's super stealth though. She'd rather just consider herself a girl
Pseudonym 19th May 2021, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Ana's intersex, yeah. If she was a real person I'd respect her wish to put it behind her.

As that's not a factor, I'd like to learn the right words to call a situation like hers. I know very little about how being intersexed interacts with being trans. Also, I'm nosy.

She's rejected and transitioned away from the gender she was assigned. In most cases that'd mean being trans. But in her case it's gender she was assigned surgically, instead of socially at birth. Does that make a difference? Is she trans? Was she trans, but is now cis? Did the surgery she had count as SRS when it was repairing another surgeon's mistake?
purplespacecats 18th May 2021, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
ahh! so glad that emily and debbie are friends again now that debbie apologized :) good for both of them for being willing to move on and put the high school bullshit filter behind them, haha
Keiya 18th May 2021, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
Wait where's the "next" button? .... Oh wow I'm caught up! It's been... A while! Last time I was caught up on Rain was before I started hrt, and I'm coming up on three years, so...
Absentia 18th May 2021, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
perhaps Debbie's gonna become a new member of the main crew? that would be interesting.
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