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A drawing of a girl in a First Communion dress. She is white and has long brown hair, tied in pigtails with blue bows.

A drawing I did of Katie in her First Communion dress, based on two of Katie's own drawings.

Katie is eight years old, and she wanted to take her First Holy Communion wearing a dress like the other girls. But her Catholic school said “no.” According to the Omaha World-Herald article (which reveals Katie’s male name and uses a lot of male pronouns, so be warned):

Eight-year-old [Katie] declared [she] wouldn’t go [to First Communion] if [she] had to wear a suit, and [she] pined for the white dress that girls wear. But neither [her] family nor church leaders thought it would be a good idea to introduce [her] as Katie in the Communion line. Thechurch doesn’t want [her] to be Katie at the school at all.

With her family’s full support, Katie will move to a public school and live as her true gender. “Katie’s waited long enough to be Katie,” her mother said. Katie’s parents took her to another church for her First Communion, so she did celebrate it wearing a dress.

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Comic transcript:

Panel 1: Two teenage girls are walking down a path. The girl on the left is ethnically white, albinistic and shorter. She’s wearing  pants, a long-sleeved shirt with a T-shirt over it, a visor and glasses with bioptics. She also has a cane and is carrying a plastic bag. Her name is Charlotte. The girl on the right is Black. She’s wearing shorts and a T-shirt, glasses, and a bow in her short hair. She also has a plastic ankle-foot-orthotic on her left leg. Her name is Trixie.

CHARLOTTE: Man! Can you believe ;Grand Theft Auto IV was $20?

TRIXIE: This movie’s banned in 30 countries and they didn’t even card me!

Panel 2: An ethnically white woman with long, curly hair wearing a dress comes up to Charlotte and Trixie as they’re walking. She says: “You handicapped girls are so brave! You must be angels.” Trixie thinks: “Ah, crap…Where are we, again?”

Panel 3: Charlotte and Trixie look at each other, annoyed and unsure of what to say.

Panel 4: All three are in the frame.

TRIXIE (smiling, pumping her fist in the air): I call Christopher Walken!

CHARLOTTE: The hell you do…guy from Mask.

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Wordless Wednesday

[Image description: Drawing. A white girl is sitting in a rocking chair, asleep. She has shoulder-length blond hair, glasses, and is wearing a black t-shirt with the sleeves cut off and a long-sleeved dark green shirt underneath. She has white pants and brown socks.]

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