Transition isn’t easy. As Rain describes, it’s expensive and it takes a long time (I believe the fastest complete transition I’ve ever heard of was just shy of two years). There’s no quick and easy route for anyone. And if you want/need it, you WILL have to work for it. Period.
But this is not intended to scare anyone from following through with it if they think it’s something they need to do. Rather, I think it’s a good idea - for especially the trans youth - to really know and understand the reality of what you need to do and what has to happen to go through with it. As much as it would be nice to wave a magic wand or find a genie’s lamp or fall into a cursed spring, these options don’t exist. I’m sorry; escapism is nice and fun, but the sooner you accept the truth and prepare for the ordeal that is required of you with transition, the sooner you can go through with it and no longer require the escapism.
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
I love how in the 3rd panel, when Rain is talking about the transition, she looks like a teacher lecturing someone. lol
Great comic, keep it up. :D
I am very curious when Rain will start her HRT
It's nice to finally see more stuff of substance from Rain in the last few pages.
Gavin really is ignorant and blunt. Two bad combinations, but I do feel sorry for him.
I'm so jealous of transwomen being able to get bottom surgery. FtM bottom surgery mostly looks like a living nightmare.
wait wait wait... so Rain is just doing the equivalent of crossdressing? There's no way someone can pass THAT well with just crossdressing. No way.
If she's trans female, it's not crossdressing for her to dress female. At that point, it's just dressing. ;)
As for "no way" someone can pass that well prior to transition, I beg to differ. When I started the comic, there were plenty of people who thought - based on my photo - that I was a cis girl. I didn't start hormones until almost two years later. All it takes is to know what the strengths and weaknesses in one's appearance are, and what can be done to cloak or accentuate certain things.
Sex is anatomy. Gender is identity. In other words, regardless of her physical body, if Rain identifies herself as female, she's female. Hence, it really doesn't matter what her biology is. If she wants to wear a dress or something, that's not crossdressing.
As for passing, nothing is impossible to work with. Sometimes wearing one's hair a certain way hides unwanted facial features. Certain kinds of tops can cloak broader shoulders. Heavy makeup is unnecessary and I think unwise, but proper, evenly applied makeup can hide what we want hidden while not becoming a tell itself. (Also, sometimes cis women have pronounced jawlines, broad shoulders, and even facial hair, so I would argue that none of that is an actual tell.)
As for the hips, that's easy. They have padding for that. In the same way Rain can pad her bra to make it look like she has breasts, there is padding available that can make the hips and/or butt stick out a little more. ^_^
Unfortunately, there is no option for me to physically transition...
No matter which body I have, half the time I will hate it. Half the time I will feel very bad dysphoria. At best, I will be able to do a social transition...and I'm scared of switching back during such days. Okay, so I can deal with guy clothes, I've dealt with them for awhile...how will G deal with girl clothes if he switches back while I'm out? I must admit, I'm scared for myself...for this, and many other reasons...some much, MUCH scarier...but I don't dare mention those...just this superficial one...
The only solution that will work is one that is easily reversible. The ideal would be your so-called magic solution. Sometimes I feel like I got the worst kind of Trans...
...and no, I don't believe in magic either. More's the pity...
I don't need someone telling me to prepare for what I know I'm gonna have to do. I need a solution, because right now I DON'T know what I'm gonna have to do. Literally no clue.
I also don't need a lecture, so please keep those to yourself. <_<