Comic 426 - Trans AND Gay

17th Sep 2013, 6:39 PM in Ch. 17: Journey of 1,000 Miles
Trans AND Gay
Average Rating: 4.9 (10 votes)
<<First Latest>>

Author Notes:

Jocelyn 17th Sep 2013, 6:43 PM edit delete
Hey, look! Everyone we haven’t seen in a long time! :D

As Jessica says, it can be a nuisance to be trans and gay. There’s one question in particular that any of us in this situation have no doubt heard. And that’s something along the lines of: “What’s the point of transitioning if you’re just going to date girls?” (or vice versa for gay trans men). I’ve heard it more than a few times myself.

So, I actually wanted to include this nuisance of a question, but I felt like Rain’s friends wouldn’t really be the types dumb enough to say something like that. Some of their commentary or questions are still pretty asinine (in fairness, most of them are hardly experts on the subject of trans matters), but that particular question doesn’t normally come from the open-minded crowd.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Like Rain on Facebook!
Buy Rain - Volume 1!
Vote for Rain on TopWebComics!
Donate to help the author of Rain
Post a Comment


Nightsky 17th Sep 2013, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
I like to imagine that immediately after the panel showing her being told, Maria's eyes suddenly sparkled while Rain somehow remained beautifully oblivious. :)
Nightsky 17th Sep 2013, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Also, totally unrelated, but I was browsing through the character page and came up with a crazy crack theory: Ana is actually Allison, but she had to enter the Witness Protection Program and change her name. That also explains why she relocates so often, and why she's a year behind school-wise. Also, I don't think Allison ever appeared in color, and her picture on the character page makes her look like her hair's probably blond.

Yes. That is my new headcanon for Ana until her actual backstory is revealed. :D
Impish 23rd Sep 2013, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Karen Lynn 17th Sep 2013, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
I hear that very same question all too often. I'm pansexual with a leaning towards females(just prettier to look at), and my friends have all asked me why I would bother with transition at all.
j-eagle12212012 17th Sep 2013, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
I've gotten the "if you like girls why not stay a guy" from my brother (he's not that enlightened on trans issues but he also said he would love me no matter what)
Also @Nightsky
I love your theory, it is the perfect plot twist.
Luna 18th Sep 2013, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
I'll be sad if it doesn't happen.
MarianLH 18th Sep 2013, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
I think Puddle's put on some weight. ^_^
DocMesa 18th Sep 2013, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Of course, the perfect rebuttal to the "why not stay a guy?" question is "You're a guy and you're not exactly drowning in romantic prospects. :P"
Raygirl 6th Jan 2017, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
That is a good comeback, DocMesa! XD
DocMesa 18th Sep 2013, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Also, yay for the return of Puddle! ^_^
IllCaesar 18th Sep 2013, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Ah yes, *this* again. The one thing that always sticks out the most is how people always go "Well what do you think of me? I want to know." Its always said like they're entitled to the answer to that ridiculous and idiotic question. I guess that is just heterosexual/cis priviledge - not being asked dumb, inane questions about your sexual orientation and preferences.

I chalk up Aunt Fara's reaction, which carries that little quip, to trying to get Rain to sort this all out before she goes public about something she's not even sure of yet. It seems to be her type of spin on the tough love approach.
Tacopius 18th Sep 2013, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
I got this from my girlfriend, of all people. She got over the confusion eventually, but still.

"Are you sure you're not just gay?"
"No, I am, just for girls."
dagrthan 18th Sep 2013, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Why does puddle look fatter?
AmbiguousMouse 25th Feb 2016, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Come to think of it... Jocelyn, you monster! I want to know how Rain responded to Emily's question!
Transginger 26th Mar 2016, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
I was asked "If you're gay, then why are you trans?"
I was kind of amazed. The guy who asked apparently understood that being gay wasn't a choice, but somehow being trans is?
oryuchild 7th Oct 2017, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
I'm not trans or gay, I'm genderfluid and bi, but for a while I did think I was trans and bi, and it felt.. I don't know. It felt like I was "overdoing it" with the layers of LGBT+. Even now, I'm afraid to come out because I still have this distant feeling of "too much LGBT+"and I'm afraid that others will feel the same way.
no 7th Nov 2020, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
yeah same
(also genderfluid technically falls under the trans umbrella)
seikueon 28th Apr 2018, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
BTW, I knew I was trans since I was at least sixteen. But then everyone started telling me you /can't/ be trans and gay and since I had no support system, I spent the next few years confused and frustrated. Then I forced myself back into denial and I'm 32 now and it's only been the last few years I've started to figure things out. All it took was an employee transitioning to say "you can be gay and trans" for me to be like "fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu" and now I'm a mess =) So gatekeeping is dangerous because I've been miserable and I've wasted so much time.
Absentia 14th May 2021, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
One of those reactions might be a bit of foreshadowing... just noticed that.
Selix 15th Dec 2021, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
The characters’ reactions are perfect.
Post a Comment