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Alternate page title: "How to be an Awesome Trans Ally" by Emily R. Caston.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Just in case anyone still hasn't gotten the memo, I'm just going to repeat this one last time: I've learned recently that I have testicular cancer.  The good things are that this is extremely curable, and getting it removed will actually be something of a blessing anyway.  The bad things are that I've been spending a lot of time calling doctors, getting tests done, making appointments for other tests to be done, and when I get a free moment, I'm not really feeling up for drawing.  So I think there's unfortunately going to be a hiatus starting now.  I want take my time and just focus on what needs to be done for this, and not stress myself out trying to make page deadlines at the same time.  

Unfortunately, this is cutting into the middle of a chapter, and for that I'm sorry.  The hiatus may be a long one, going until I get this thing removed and am recovered and ready to start drawing again (and at this time, I can't even guess when that will be).  I will keep you posted in the meantime, and maybe try to casually do a few non-plot things if I feel up for it.

Other than that, I'm trying to keep a good attitude and a sense of humor, so I would appreciate it if you all did too.  And I suppose I'll leave the donation link here too if anyone who's able to help still would like to (don't beat yourself up if you can't though).  Just keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and I think we'll be through this in no time.
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Luinta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
This was the moment I fell in love with Emily. RAINILY FOREVER!!!
LostPadawan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think it's the same with me. It's absolutely amazing how much Emily sticks up for Rain!
Luinta Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017
She's my favorite character next to Rain herself.
LostPadawan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
She's probably my third favorite. Rain, Maria, Emily
LostPadawan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Of course she did. That's why it's funny.
Shadow597 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
If rain doesn't end up with emily, i'm going to be VERY upset.
cdmalcolm Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist, Jocelyn. you got jokes. Love the way you just throw the quik-wit jokes in the story. out of left field kind of thing.
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KeeferTEarl Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Wow, I think you just made every single member of the LGBT community your mortal enemy with just one comment.
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KeeferTEarl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
"Lesbian Gay Bi Trans" is what it stands for. And the fact that you called that last part a mental illness is what folks might take serious offense to. How was that not obvious to you?
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KeeferTEarl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
"Destructive tendencies"? What the crud are you even talking about? Observe Rain's personality, THEN try to say she has "destructive tendencies".
This is a story about gender identity, by which I mean what gender your heart is (and before you even start, I mean the emotional connections that compose who you are, not the pumping organ). For example, I am male. Luckily, my body agrees with this, but even if some wizard changed my body to female, my male identity wouldn't change so easily. Why should Rain be any different?
Also, YES. It IS offensive to call a fat man fat, you jerkwad. For crying out loud, your people skills must royally suck.
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KeeferTEarl Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2015
So, did you just completely ignore that I was speaking in terms of emotional identity, not genitalia? She is physically male, but at heart she is female, and after a simple treatment her body will be in agreement of this.

Yeah, I stopped taking you seriously once you called reproduction itself a sin. Way to root for the extinction of the human race, buddy. Enjoy life without any descendents. Besides, fornication has jack to do with what we're talking about.
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flatthg Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
EMILY <3 <3 <3 
dreisteine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Emily is rapidly rising on my favorite chracter chart.

She has passed Fara.
TGcollector Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Again, just to let you know, I don't see a next link. :)
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2014  Professional Writer
Fixed now (or click here for quick access).

Sorry for taking so long to respond to that. ^^;
Gumshallgirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this page! :D

(In regards to new developments in your description)
I just started reading Rain not long ago and had no idea that you have testicular cancer. I'm so sorry that is happening to you. You are right though, it's very curable and statistically you should make a full recovery.
foxygirl292 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
More plz
Willowisp123 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
absolutely fantastic, I stumbled onto this comic not expecting much but honestly you've made me rethink my stances on genders, carry on fantastic work.
J4m0nT045t Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Wow, after staying up ALL night reading and some of the next afternoon (and a tad in class! :P ) I'm finally caught up. Wow, just wow. This is AMAZING! It's funny, emotional (I have cried SO many times, happy and sad, and I'm not really a crier), has a compelling plot, realistic, believable characters and examines some really important issues. I LOVE IT! I can't wait for more (given the circumstances, I can wait).

Also, it has really helped me understand what might be in store for my trans friend in the future.  The kind of processes she might go through to make her body match up with who she is and what not
NowiGreen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There, Finally finished... whew... so much reading... head hurts... from all the word. But its so wonderful the art, the story, the passion and emotion I love this story!!
BlueDuckee Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Aww, got to love Emily in these latest panels. Also now I'm finally caught up and sad. But I can finally say on a recent comic, I absolutely love this series and I can't wait for more. Keep up the amazing work!
Numagakure Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Emily: Troll Extrodinaire
Karenlyn30 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
I want someone to ask Kellen exactly why she hates Rain so much. Or does she have her own issues she's hiding?
LadyLightning5 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Doesn't matter what issues Kellen has. There's no excuse for such blatant disregard of Rain's identity. She's way past the point where I would have cut one of my family members out of my life entirely, with the way she's been acting.
FaebornStarseed Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My view on Emily took a complete 180 turn once she started being a good friend to Rain and now she's one of my favorite characters, lol.
the1smjb Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
"Yes, I do know what you mean; maybe if you ask the question properly, I'll answer it."

Get well soon.
Larissa-Richelle Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me feel even more grateful how accepting my brother is. I didn't really straight out tell him I'm genderqueer, rather posed it as a hypothetical over text, but he replied "You'll always be my sibling no matter what." <3 Parents are a different matter though, mom refuses to call my trans friend by the proper pronouns, because in her words "I knew [name] as a girl so I'm gonna keep calling her that" (he identifies as male). Plus she got confused as to how bisexual works, so she'll probably get confused as to genderqueer as well (She's very binary about everything). Soooo coming out to her might not happen ever.

I wish Rain lots of hope that Kellen will come around eventually and accept her. I see at least Aiken seems to be trying though, so hopefully she'll at least be able to feel comfortable around one of her siblings.
PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
I thought Aiken too, when she said that.
mrowka6 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Emily rocks xD
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Artie-Krap Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just want kellen to find out whose baby that is, i'm curious as to the reaction
KirukaChan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Emily's on a roll with those comebacks! She ought to be crowned the Comeback Queen.
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Of all the moments, I would think THIS is best time to look back on Emily on how was first introduced.

...I have nothing else to say to start said discussion, unfortunately.  ^^;
Kinuna Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
MilkyQ Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol "Aiken? I just met the guy."
Toradora5683 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Finally found this comic on DeviantArt, woot woot! Found my way over here from Smackjeeves lol 

In other news, I just had to comment on this! I'm so happy with what Emily said to Kellen. I've been waiting for that burn for a long time XD 

Though I can understand where Kellen's coming from, even though it doesn't excuse her actions.

Those are just my thoughts. Can't wait for the next page! I am a dummy! 
echic10 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Like most of the anti-LGBTQ, anti-samesex marriage people in RL, Kellen doesn't just not get it, she deliberately doesn't get it.  She is being deliberately ignorant.  "I've already made my mind up, doen't confuse me with the facts."
luminio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
emily's line at the end there, just... XD
LadySerena Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Getting real tired of your shit, Kellen.

Really, can I facepunch that bitch nao?  PLEASE?  :kitty: :heart: 
chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I normally try to avoid favorite-ing individual pages/panels of long comics, since it tends to get confusing in most cases when the rest of the comic can't provide context... but this is so admirably well-written and also self-contained enough that I felt I could break my little rule in this case.  Excellently done.
akaCaitlinne Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG at first I thought that was Rain instead of Rain's sister. D:
*applauds for Emily*
themusicmarionette Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Emily is wonderful. I honestly hated her guts at first, but now she's one of my favorite characters!
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
WOW how familiar is this. :P
That said,  you gotta admire her tenacity. And snappy wit. 

Seriously, go Rain.
SekhmetReborn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want Emily as a friend ♡
MidnightMusik14 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Emily.... If I were interested in girls I would be all over you.  
dawnflower8 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Kellen really doesn't understand transgender people at all. Although she seems really rude/mean, I honestly don't blame her. I didn't understand it at first either. And her being raised by a transphobe doesn't help. It also has to be really strange for siblings of a transgender person at first, because they often see it as loosing a brother/sister - and it seems like Kellen is trying to keep denying that Rain is a girl, not a boy, to prevent herself from feeling this way. 
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