Dear Mr. Tony Cochran,
Yesterday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day in which transgender victims of hate crimes in the previous year are memorialized. Alas, last year had no shortage of names. The killers don't often face justice. When they do, they often argue that the "deceit" of the victim as a motivation for their crime. In other words, they say that transgender people deserve to be hated and murdered for who they are.
The comic you ran yesterday almost perfectly illustrates the thought process of hate and bigotry. The comic would have been transphobic on any day of the year, but your timing was exceptionally insulting. Probably, more kids yesterday saw your comic than heard about the memorial services. But the ideas it participated in promoting will grantee that they'll have many more chances in future years.
I'm really tired of the cultural background noise of anti-trans hatred. Normally, I just ignore it, but this timing was crap, and I think it's worth speaking up.
The author of the comic left a comment on my previous post:
I assure you, until just now, I had absolutely no idea there was such a thing as Transgender Remembrance Day. My wall calendar only lists days like Easter, Christmas, Flag Day, etc. All my strips are written 6 months in advance. I apologize for the coincidence, and only for that.Agnes is just upset that a young boy was trying to sneak into her girl group. That's all. No inuendo. No mean spirited transgender hate.
The comic has somebody who is passing as a girl. When s/he's outted, the main character of the strip calls him/her a "deceitful little creep." What's the difference between trying to pass and trying to "sneak in?"