And now Rain is on the same page as many readers: "It fits that Ana definitely could be trans, but what's really the likelihood of that?" Let's even throw in a "There's no possible way for there to be this many trans people in one place" for good measure. ;P
Since I'm unable to specify one way or the other at this time, let me direct focus to the flashback scene between Rain and Jessica. This IS a flashback, but it's completely new content that we haven't seen before. When Jess first started staying with them, Rain was excitedly thinking up questions to ask her, but no such scene was ever depicted. So we can probably assume this exchange happened somewhere between Chapters 15 and 16. Not that the timing is really that important, but I figured I'd clarify before letting you folks go crazy trying to figure out when that happened.
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See this 'how can there be so many trans people in the same place?' I heavily argue against. when I start my university course, there's 3 of us in the single course alone, so like, 1/15 minimum was trans. Not a great ratio, but let's face it, there's more than 15 characters in Rain ;)
Oh, I 100% agree. I just bring that up because I see reader comments all the time about how there's an unrealistic amount of queer and trans characters in this story. Honestly though, I'm pretty sure I'm downplaying it. XD
@LittleLynn84: Really, statistics don't matter in storytelling. What matters is if it's interesting. Diversity is interesting, so it makes sense to have a disproportionately high proportion of trans people.
While this concentration of nonstandard gender/orientation is unlikely - particularly in a Catholic school - it isn't impossible. Thus, a sufficiently large number of opportunities makes its occurrence as close to certain as one might like. But it's no more (or less) likely on the 10,000,000,000th opportunity than on the first.
Probabilities are funny like that.
And besides, this is fiction. You think that's improbable? A story I'm working on involves a centaur who is a medical student in Minneapolis. I'm quite confident that this is far less probable.
@Guest: I wouldn't even call it very unlikely. I read an article once written by a gay person who said that their town was so oppressive that they hadn't even heard of 'gay' as a young adult heading off to college, and that a pastor even delivered the commencement speech at their public high school graduation. After leaving, this person discovered that several other students from this very small town in the same graduating class also turned out to be gay.
My own hometown had so many openly lgbtq...cetera people in it that it didn't even occur to me that this might be unusual as a child. Not everyone was open-minded or even kept their terrible opinions to themselves, but you couldn't throw a rock landing within ten feet of someone who was at least a little further along the spectrum.
@LittleLynn84: you're doing great, the mix can always be random... and when you hang around friends they tend to be similar in some way. However asexuals tend to be very hard to find especially abroad or away from major cities... we usually go online for a lot of community needs.
If I were to argue against Ana being trans (which I don't), I would point out no parent in their right mind, and aware of their kid's non-cisheterosexuality, would put them into a school as intolerant as St. Hallvard. Then again, we wouldn't have Ana in the story otherwise, so I'm not complaining.
@simpyo: By that logic, Rain ought to be attending some other school. I speculate that the school requires Fara, as one of their employees, to send her dependent student there.
And I'd argue that Maria and Rudy wouldn't be at this school either, except they were put here by their parents precisely because Rudy "came out". (One could say you covered that case by "in their right mind".)
Emily's mother, of course, is a helicopter parent. Not known for thinking through all the concerns and eventualities. "Go get an abortion!" and "attend a strict Catholic school" do not exactly fit together.
I KNEW IT!!!!!! OMGZZ I'm so excited now *gah* MY TRANSCEIVER SENSED YOU FROM THE START ANA XD idk why I'm even so excited lol
@Heh...no: I really don't understand why this is new to so many people. It's been *established* that she's trans for months and months.
Trans OR intersex.
It used to be that if a kid was born intersex enough that they could be surgically corrected in either direction with approximately equal ease, the doctors would ask the parents and then do the surgery ASAP. Later research indicated that possibly as many as a third of children getting this treatment were *then* trans. (My guess is that about a third of people are close enough to gender-neutral that it wouldn't matter.)
Now the standard is to wait until the kid is old enough to show gender through speech or behavior, and then let the kid decide. Ana's rather old for that, but perhaps there were also financial (or other external) issues that caused further delay.
@Don Edwards: In which case her gender identity/expression would still not match with her physical sex, until now, after having medical revision. QED.
I hate to be the fun police around here. But I think there's deffo some potential misdirection going on here. I've had to use one of those Donut things before after some nasty Hemorrhoids (don't google that if you don't know what it is) so there's plenty more possibilities
Or just a broken tailbone with an embarrassing story attached. I couldn't sit comfortably for well over a month and mine didn't even need surgery or anything.
But the dramatic odds are against it.
Rain could think that it would be too many trans people in one place (there's no particular reason to think she's either particularly good or particularly bad at probability and statistics, and they are things that trip a lot of people up), but she's also one of the few people who should be running with a low count - after all, she's going to be in any place she's observing directly, and as such she shouldn't be counting herself when trying to appreciate the population distribution.
I get similar comments when I write my comics (abet not about the number of queer people). Everyone's like; "The sheer density of flying bricks (people with Superman's powers) is a little ridiculous". Granted, yes 99% of my powered heroes ARE flying bricks, but I know Superman and Batman, not Flash and Green Lantern. You should write what you know. That's my take anyway.
Rain, honey, seriously, it's not okay to speculate out loud about other people's genitals or trans status. Especially around cis people who will jump on it as license to join in.
No matter how obvious it is to anyone who has basic knowledge of GRS
It's adorable and agonizing they know about each other soon enough and we all know it lel. MORE ANA PLZ SHE SO CUTE