Comic 591 - Love Life

14th Sep 2014, 5:45 PM in Ch. 23: The Flaherty Siblings
Love Life
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Jocelyn 14th Sep 2014, 5:45 PM edit delete
Poor Jessica.

Chase can't POSSIBLY be safe to come out to, can he? I mean, how do you imagine that would go? But if he still seems like a gent so far, and she does have a thing for him, would there be any way around telling him in her current state?

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

Also, I've said this before, but I'm trying to raise money for SRS, and I'm still struggling with it. If you can help, it would be most welcome. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
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Nightsky 14th Sep 2014, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Nope nope nope GET AWAY FROM HIM. He comes with too much drama Jessica.
j-eagle12212012 14th Sep 2014, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
My thoughts exactly... Chase is no bueno
Alison 14th Sep 2014, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
This is why I'm quite open about my situation. I totally understand why others aren't and their reasons for it. But to me, if I'm open about who/what I am, i can at least filter out those who are bigots and those who are genuinely interested. I dont have to worry about surprising anyone when/if hokey-pokey time comes around.
Ranthog 14th Sep 2014, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
Chase could be safe to come out to, we really don't know. The only traits I've picked up on are him having are immaturity, having bad judgement, and selfishness. These certainly don't imply or preclude prejudice.

The only thing related to it doesn't give us any implication about his feelings about transgendered individuals. (When his comments made Aiken put the pieces together about Rain.)

Not to say he'd make a good significant other, even if he were accepting.

Torne 15th Sep 2014, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
This is a constant fear of trans but you can never be sure of how people will react. Some people will surprise you, for better or worse.
Guest 15th Sep 2014, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
*This is my third time trying to post this comment. Other times it just didn't show on the page.*
Honestly if transitioning(and by that I mean HRT, SRS and other surgeries or medical procedures)have done enough to make you able to be passing as a woman without even trying to, then maybe the "Big Secret" should not be told. Some secrets can be kept, even from a loved one. And yes, I know that Chase is not a loved one in this case, but my point still stands.
Jocelyn 15th Sep 2014, 7:38 AM edit delete reply

Sorry. I only just saw it now. Due to a recent troll situation, I've been monitoring what's posted. So, sometimes what you post won't go up immediately (especially if I'm sleeping or not home when you attempt to post it). No need to worry about it though. I'll get to it as soon as I can. :)
Nightsky 15th Sep 2014, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Keep in mind, Jessica's last relationship ended because she kept it from Aiken. Right now she's in a position where she can't be sure if telling is a good idea or not.
Guest 15th Sep 2014, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
But that was back before Jessica had SRS. So, unless she didn't transition completely yet, she should be perfectly fine with not telling Chase a thing about being trans.
Though let's be frank here, Chase is probably the most oblivious character in Rain.
I actually just noticed that the last time I posted. It's just that I always automatically post my comments usually without paying attention to the message afterwards. Any chance you will bring back "free posting" in the near future?
Jocelyn 15th Sep 2014, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Actually, Jessica hasn't had SRS yet. Her insurance backed out so she couldn't pay for it (which was probably the only reason she actually came out to Aiken at all).
See this page -

As for going back to free posting, yes, I would definitely like to go back to that again in the future. I may just keep this going for a little bit longer to be on the safe side.
Nightsky 16th Sep 2014, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
@Guest: Like Jocelyn said, she hasn't had SRS. Combined with how things ended with Aiken, that makes her EXTRA conflicted about coming out.

@Jocelyn: Depending on how long you intend to approve comments, maybe you could add a co-author temporarily to help approve them. I checked the settings on one of my comics, and you can set it up so that a co-author just approves comments with no other powers.
Syrup 16th Sep 2014, 1:47 AM edit delete reply
there is no such thing as a transgender is my eyes i have the highest repect for them if thats how they consider themselves but to me transgenders are just ordinary people who where just born in the wrong body
Jocelyn 16th Sep 2014, 8:29 AM edit delete reply

First, just a little pet peeve of mine: transgender isn't a noun. I'm not a transgender. I am transgender, but not a transgender. I am not a trans either (you didn't say that, but I see it sometimes). I am a trans girl, or a trans woman, or a trans person.

Secondly, I must respectfully disagree with you. I AM transgender, and I get enough of politicians and talk show hosts and figureheads trying to tell me I don't exist, as is. There IS such a thing as transgender people because I am one, and I exist. Yes, I am also an ordinary person, but I'm trans too. To take that away would be very invalidating for me and devalue a lot of who I am and what I stand for.

Additionally, being trans affects my everyday life for better or worse whether I like it or not. For example, about a month or so ago, I was in a crowded public restroom and this one probably mentally handicapped girl points at me and shouts, "HEY! HE DOESN'T BELONG IN HERE! THIS IS THE GIRL'S ROOM." She repeats this about three times, at least. Suddenly every pair of eyes are on me. No one else said or did anything (I think everyone else was as speechless as me), but to say I was humiliated beyond words would be an understatement. I admit, I've always had a bit of a dread concerning ladies' rooms (and that's not even my first incident). If I were a cis girl though, I probably wouldn't even think of stuff like this, much less dread it, and I'd almost certainly not experience it.

This is a situation pretty much exclusive to trans people. Something we can experience. Some probably face worse scenarios. Thankfully not all of us will deal with something like this, but this is also only one example. Long story short: there is such a thing as transgender people. If there wasn't, we wouldn't have to worry about situations like this. I probably wouldn't even feel the need to write this comic.

Just my two cents.
Guest 16th Sep 2014, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
I think Syrup is referring to there not being a transgender culture/identity, which I must agree.
Oh, there are GENDER identity, but I never met a person who identifies as TRANSGENDER. Transfolk are those who's gender doesn't match their sex, but I doubt that counts as an actual identity(maybe if you're open and not stealth, but even then, how?). There's a guy called Rantasmo, who talked that gay people have their own identity and by identity I mean the whole "fabulous, borderline drag-queen" thing. It's offensive, yes, but at least it's a thing that some gays have adopted, if only just for laughs. What do transfolk have?
Syrup 16th Sep 2014, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
@Guest what im refering to is putting labels on people like calling a homosexual a homosexual or heterosexual a heterosexual we are all people there is no need for labels
Syrup 16th Sep 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn more or less that was meant respectfully pointing out that i have the highest respect for transgenders and consider them to need no special lables just but i think that about most things. just for an unrelated note i hate having schizophrenia. and on another completley related note i respect transgender people more then i respect ordinary people ever heard of chivarly if not its where woman are treated with the highest respect im sorta like that with transgenders (most likley fucked somthing up in this message so sorry if i did) but yeah have a great day and i still love your commics
Syrup 16th Sep 2014, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn i hope you didnt find that offensive cause i have a annoying tendancy to offend people
Jocelyn 17th Sep 2014, 6:22 AM edit delete reply

You're not offensive (at least, not to me). But I'm kinda hard to offend. I hope I didn't come off as too harsh or mean either, because that wasn't my point. I just want to make myself clear.
Syrup 17th Sep 2014, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
@Syrup no there was no problem its just that ive been kicked out of alot of very important groups due to people never telling me when they have a problem with me or making even a remote attempt to stop that problem and ive lost alot of friends that was as well
Zi 11th Sep 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
I would be mortified in that bathroom situation. I still have minor hangups about the ladies' room, probably because it's where I'm most exposed. Someone with an eagle eye watching me at just the right moment could get a snapshot flash of me and suddenly I'm a freak, and my job is at stake. I spent years feeling super agitated while in the restroom.

One of my first jobs, a week after starting, HR called me in and told me I couldn't use the women's restroom. That conversation still almost makes me cry. They were obsessed with my biology. I really stood up for myself, but in the end, I had to go to Burger King, almost a block away, to use their bathroom.

I'm pretty sure that place was illegally discriminating, but it marked me for a long time.
Syrup 16th Sep 2014, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
damn i wish i had a love life.....
Terra 11th Jan 2015, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
What I imagine to be running through the mind of Puddle in the last panel.
"The pettings have ceased. They will resume immediately, or there will be... consequences".
Lilith 26th Jan 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Quick, get the Holy Hand Grenades!
Guest 3rd May 2017, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
Jessica kinda looks like Chara from Undertale in this comic lol
Share 17th Nov 2020, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
We never have had any evidence on how chase feels (up until here at the very least) on the topic
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