And some more new backstory for Emily's self discovery. She's a very complicated girl. XD
In case you were wondering, no, Carver has never been mentioned in the story before now. Although he has been very vaguely alluded to as one of the "handful of people who know" about her orientation (after all, if Maria didn't know before Rain and Ky, who else could have possibly known). So none of these flashbacks are anything we've seen. I may post color versions of those panels at some point though, because Emily looks really cute in the green junior year collar. Admittedly, it doesn't quite suit Debbie or Devon as much though (they definitely look better in blue).
Also, this was originally a two-pager with the next one. So if this feels incomplete, that's why. I mostly split it just so the scene could end on Friday (because I'm committed to keeping that going).
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Heh, I never thought about that sentence. Makes sense that there's someone else who knows this about her.
Yes, I wanna see Emily with a green collar :3
Well, that is one Advantage for Rainily. They both don't want to be out.
Do you know the Manga Hourou Musuko? I think, it could be interesting for you.
@Chandelure: Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son) is lovely. I really hope FantaGraphics will keep publishing it. It's already been over half a year since vol.8, so I'm starting to get a little worried :(
Yup! I know Hourou Musuko. Before it officially came out in the west, stumbling upon the fan translation for it was one of the major contributors that inspired me to really commit to working Rain (it was already something I wanted to do, but until reading it, I was kind of in the humming and hawing stage of wondering if anyone would actually be interested in a story regarding this subject matter). So not only am I a fan, but in a way, I kinda owe it for that little extra push towards what we see here today.
Currently I own the first two volumes. One of these days, I would like to get around to collecting the whole series. After all, it's had too much of an impact on me to not give it my support. ^_^
What's the point of telling everyone you know your sexual orientation anyway? Close friends and family, sure, but what does it matter to most of the school?
In fact, one of my male students once mentioned something about his boyfriend and in my mind I noted "oh, he has a boyfriend", but now I can't even remember who he was.
Some people find comfort in being out (incidentally, I'm one of those people). Before I felt confident about coming out to people, I was pretty much in a constant state of anxiety because I didn't feel I could act/dress/present the way I wanted to without being "found out". The anxiety weakened my confidence, so I didn't pass as well, and getting clocked became a self-fulfilling prophecy that just made me more dysphoric, and by extension, more anxious. It was horrible, and I never want to feel like that again. That's why I'm super open to everybody about my orientation/gender/etc. Being closeted was just agony for me.
That said, that's just how I feel. That's what makes me comfortable. If someone else feels more at ease by keeping themselves closeted (or at least low-key), then I believe that's what they should do. There's nothing wrong with people like Rain, Emily or Jessica who want to keep quiet about themselves, but nor is there anything wrong with people who like being open like Rudy, Chanel, or in this case, Blair. It's up to the individual; there's no singular right way to be.
At least, that's my personal view on this. ^_^
Yeah, the idea of going stealth just makes me anxious as all get-out. Keeping my mouth shut about anything important is just really, really hard for me. As a kid, I was constantly in trouble because if I thought something, I couldn't help saying it. I still get in trouble that way sometimes. I'm only just starting my (medical) transition (HRT), and already not saying anything about it in certain places (like at work) is putting me on edge. I feel like I have to watch every word I say. I don't know how I'm going to last the year or so before my anticipated transition at work.
P.S.: good luck with your SRS! Our thoughts will be with you. Keep us posted.
someone i know just came out as transexual to the world the other day. i told him to read this comic because it helped me feel better about my own issues with gender :3 so Jocelyn i'm making you famous among the people i know :D and thankyou for this comic
@LittleLynn84: Good luck with SRS! I'm excited for you! I just started working things out about being trans a couple months ago so I haven't started HRT yet, but hopefully I'll be able to start soon. Thanks for the great comic--it's really helped me deal with some stuff.
P.S. yess emily with a green collar would look great
I'm actually pretty happy that Emily is Pan. I know it was revealed long ago but I never made an account to say it till now. x3