Explaining to Thompkins

posted December 28th, 2013, 2:01 am


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July 28th, 2013, 5:13 pm

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Again, Annie is in full colour. The situation at hand should have her shutting down, but instead, she is embracing it head on with Sophie at her side.

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RRon was the first person I told. I think I was 16 at the time, and I was doing everything I could to fight being trans*. Unfortunately, he didn't really understand it either, and he explained to me that it was a fetish. He said it was no big deal though, he didn't lay on any guilt. But hearing that made me hate myself that much more.
Of course, when I finally stopped fighting myself and took the right steps, I knew it wasn't a fetish. By then, RRon was LGBT coordinator of the college he was in, and he was far better educated on it. It was unfortunate that we both didn't know better early on.

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December 28th, 2013, 11:23 am

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Sophie seems to be yelling this quite loudly at whatever taco restaurant they're at. Awkward conversation is awkward.

But he did try, and it sounds like he was very helpful later in your life, Krog.

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December 28th, 2013, 11:50 am

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@Elessir: No? You will notice that the background colour has changed and Sophie let her hair down. They changed locations before having the conversation.

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December 28th, 2013, 11:58 am

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Oh. My brain is fuzzy lately. You should use the little box in a corner that says "later that day" :)

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December 28th, 2013, 12:34 pm

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@Elessir: Added. Reasonable request is reasonable.

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June 16th, 2014, 9:52 am

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What, a DRAG?

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Drag describes a man who identifies as a man and who dresses as a woman for fun and/or profit. Drag is not what Annie is doing, nor did she ever. Dressing in the proper clothes was an expression of the true inner self and anyone stating that she is merely in drag is insulting her very being - - which is par for the course, thus far, but nonetheless unexpected from Sophie.

By the way, I love the comic and storyline, GreenKrog. I have never heard of or seen someone get beat up so many times by so many different people in real life, but I live on the West Coast in a major city, so my perspective is likely skewed. If this was anyone's real life experience, I am truly saddened to know that there are places in the western world where so many people have their heads up their asses. Much comforting hugs, tears of sympathy, and solemn assurances that there are better places to be.

- ShivKitty

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June 16th, 2014, 10:11 am

shivkitty

Learning to Read

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I read your description, GreenKrog after I hastily clicked "POST A COMMENT" at the top.
This is autobiographical... Mind blown!

Please excuse my insensitivity. As a trans*woman myself, I should know better than to ever question just how much of a story reflects real life in an LGBT comic. Please accept my apologies and hasty judgement. I've only had a few attackers and they rarely drew blood. My own lack of understanding colored my response and I will endeavor to hold my tongue until I know more from now on.

My knee-jerk reactions just end up kicking others and putting me off-balance. The gravity of what I've read thus far is starting to dawn.

God, I can only imagine what you must have been through and how strong you are, in character, mind and body. I am humbled by your bravery in sharing your story. I truly hope that someone who needs to hear your story in order to not feel alone, to understand, to learn tolerance, and/or to come to grips with who they are and see hope at work finds their way here to Wildflowers. Today, that person was I.

- Lia

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June 16th, 2014, 3:25 pm

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@shivkitty: The only part that is autobiographical is the part where he called me a drag queen because neither of us knew the difference. As for all of the physical abuse - never happened to me. I spent my teen years as an angry, overweight, rather big, skinhead white male. Everyone was afraid of me. When I transitioned, I spent my time either going very fast on my bike, or in the dead of night so nobody could touch me.

The experiences are, however, based on real people. The level of physical abuse some of the people I have met is just unbelievable. Much of Tony/Toni/Annie's internal thoughts were mine though, and her mother is almost entirely based on my personal reality. So WF is, really, kind of an amalgamation of "this is the worst that could possible happen" so that people can connect, work through their fears, and come away without actually having to experience it.

Hopefully that explains things a bit better.
-The GreenKrog

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