Sorry for the wait! I’ve been hard at work over on my other Tumblr writing and drawing another comic called White Noise, which I hope y’all will check out when it starts up in August. :D
Also—holy shit, three hundred followers! Thanks everyone!
I was dressed up for an event and got this from a guy I know. He doesn’t know I’m trans*, but he made a big enough show of telling everyone around me how I was a girl dressed up as Harry Potter that I
stabbed him with my wand had to use the basilisk stare.
Haha, no worries. I’ve had my dA for a long time too, I just barely use it anymore. I’ll take a look around, though. :D
hey man, I’m a transguy animator too :D keep on drawing! love your work! sorry for such a short comment but this is really all i’ve got to say! you are good!
Thanks! I appreciate it!
hyripteetyi asked: Hey! Just wanted to say I enjoy your blog, especially the art works I can see here are awesome!
I also wanted to inform you about my other, trans-related, blog here on tumbl: http://myonlyroad.tumblr.com/ Glad you like it, and thanks for the heads up, I’ll take a look!
Hey Kristian! Thanks for dropping by. Do you have a dA or something? I notice there’s nothing linked to your Tumblr. :D
Hey James. :D I do live in a dorm on campus. There is no gender-neutral housing, which sucks, but there is currently plans in the works to start pushing SGA for it. I live in an apartment-style dorm with three girls, two of which I’m not out to. They’re all pretty cool, though. And I’ll be living with a friend of mine who identifies as genderqueer in the fall.
If you can avoid living on campus here, there’s lots of good off-campus options, and a lot are close enough that you could hop on a shuttle to get to campus. :D
Most of the trans*folk I know who live on campus live in housing assigned by their legal gender, which is balls, but then again I don’t anyone’s tried to challenge it yet. I just got rather lucky and have at least one very open and understanding room mate. :D
Hey, don’t worry about it, haha. I can’t really fault you if you have literally never heard of being transgender before, that’d be pretty douchey of me.
Ok, first of, to understand what transgender means, you need to know that sex, sexual orientation, and gender are three different things that have no effect on each other whatsoever. Sex is the biological equipment you were born with (male, female, intersex, etc). Sexual orientation is who you’re attracted to (whether you’re gay, lesbian, pansexual, bisexual, queer etc). Gender is what’s upstairs in your head, and it’s what you identify as (whether that’s male, female, genderqueer, etc.)
Most people’s gender (that is, how they identify) matches their sex. That’s called being cisgender. For example, if you’re born with male genitalia, and you’re cool with that and you think of yourself and describe yourself as a boy, you’re a cisgendered male.
Transgender people just identify with a different gender than their sex. For example, I was born with a female body. However, it feels wrong to me. In my head I know I’m not a girl. I identify as male. There are people who were born with a male body and identify as women, too.
A lot of transgender people then go through steps to change their bodies to feel more right to them. That’s called transition. Someone who’s female-to-male like myself would make steps to get my body to be more masculine, whether it’s through binding my chest to make it look flat, taking testosterone to get my body to start looking more ‘male’, and so on.
Gender’s really complicated, actually. :\ This here link gives a pretty good basic definition of transgender. The word is an umbrella term; it includes people who are transsexual, genderqueer, cross dressers,androgynes, drag kings and queens, and so on. Not every trans* person feels like their body is totally wrong, but still want to express a gender that is independent of what people would expect.
But in my case it’s that I’m more or less a boy in a female body, and it gets frustrating when all people see is a girl.
(And just as a side note, you can be transgender and gay. Or trans* and straight, or trans* and bi, or any other sexuality! Just the same way you can be male and gay. :D)
Thanks for asking, though. Education’s important! I hope this is helpful and not too longwinded.
(And before anyone else starts on how I forgot something, look, it’s an intro course, ok. The whole gender vs sex vs sexuality thing blows a lot of people’s minds at first. You gotta learn a little at a time.)
Nah, it doesn’t seem like it hurt—my friend was saying that hitting a nerve can make your leg jump, possibly breaking the needle and getting a part of it lodged in your leg. And knowing me, I’d screw up injecting myself quite a bit, haha.
Thank you so much. :D I’m glad this is helpful! When I first started finding out about being trans* it was hard for me to find firsthand accounts like this, so I’m glad I can provide some.
Hey there, Angus! I quite like your pictures too, from what I’ve seen of them. :D
!! Wow, small world, haha. Hello. :D I’m glad you enjoyed the panel, and I hope it was helpful! And thanks for dropping me a line, I appreciate it!
For those of you who have no idea what this is about, I’m with a group called Come Out Orlando that does panels for schools on being transgender. We recently did one at Stetson University (my first one, actually) that went really well. I’m actually going to be in two this week, one for Equal @ University of Central Florida, and one at Seminole Community College in Sanford.
Things that make me dysphoric (sometimes):
I’m kind of a sleeper with triggers; something will happen, but it won’t be until much later that it creeps up on me again. And even then my first reaction is usually some form of fury, either at the fact that I’m letting this bother me or at the fact that the trigger happened in the first place.
I had a different, happier comic drawn up, but this one was especially topical this past week. I think I’m clear most of it right now, though.
Oh, and I guess I should just move the update schedule to Monday/Tuesdays, since that seems to be the time I can finally get the new stuff done. Sorry!
Equal is UCF’s GLBTQQAAIetc organization. It is in fact a giant circus of drama and insanity, and the more I discover about it, the more I am baffled. More on that later, I guess!
This would have been colored entirely except I have to finish my design homework tonight because I have an Equal meeting tomorrow (which I have to get up early for, gdi) and then a Come Out Orlando meeting (the mostly-trans* organization I mentioned) and THEN a staff meeting and then work.
So ironically the comic about being busy is not fully colored because I am really busy.
* namely Fruits Basket, which I suddenly realized has some probably Unfortunate Implications in it concerning…well, concerning Ritsu. His entire character I suddenly realized is kind of problematic. Hm.
Anyway, I don’t fit the binary. A whoooole lot of people don’t—cis, trans*, doesn’t matter. Makes you wonder why we keep on upholding it when really, it just doesn’t completely apply to so many people.
Still experimenting with the presentation of the strip…haha. Eventually I’ll find something that’s good-looking and doesn’t get too sized down on Tumblr.
Shoutout to the new followers: niyoniyo, violetcrimes, dowhateversnext, and freeskiparkrat! Thanks guys!
This is a more or less accurate representation of my style shifting since summer 2008. I used the same character—his name’s Vladimir—just to show the drastic change. (He’s actually changed the least. Go figure.)
Alternative title: Adrien tries to explain his feelings through metaphors again, in a misguided attempt to simplify things that can’t be simplified. Or: LABELS = BAUHAUS
EDIT: Stupid Tumblr. Reposted so you can actually read it.
I have literally driven from the Wal-Mart to the Target to get that
goddamn crack drink stuff if Wal-Mart’s only cases are on the top shelf. I pay a few extra dollars for the pride of not having to ask someone to get it down from the shelf for me, and yeah, it’s stupid.
A lot of transguys worry about their height. I am particularly genetically ungifted there, but most of the time I forget I’m so short—until this sort of thing happens. Oh well, nothing you can do.
TRUE STORY. Maybe she thought it was Four Loko or something…
I didn’t say anything partially because I feel like as soon as I say that I’m 20, people’s perceptions instantly shift from “12-year-old boy” (if they’re even there at all) to “20-year-old girl”.
The other reason I didn’t say anything was because I had no idea what to say.