on omid and gender
I know just about every writing tutorial under the sun urges authors to distance themselves from their characters, but I felt like writing a little blurb about how certain aspects of Omid’s character have become super important to me over the course of his existence.
As I’ve mentioned before on my main blog, Omid is a trans man. It took me a while to figure this out. I knew he wasn’t cis when I first made him, but that was the extent of my knowledge. As time went on and I kept developing this character, I began to get a better understanding of his identity.
The thing about Omid’s character that is important to me is his presentation. I realize I’m treading into personal territory here (which I try to avoid on my webcomic blog), but I struggle a lot with my gender. A lot of this surfaces with me hating myself unless I present as hyper-masculine as possible–which is impossible for someone who looks like me.
Even within the fictional universe of Shai Away, Omid presents rather femininely. However, he is very confident with the fact that he is a man. He dresses the way he does because that’s how he feels comfortable and it doesn’t make him feel any less secure about his gender. Oh he feels insecure about a lot of things, but gender isn’t one of them.
I don’t use my characters as emotional crutches, but I do find comfort in this. It’s also one of the reasons why I don’t like making “lol omid looks like a girl” jokes.
I know it’s kind of cheap “B-grade representation” to go word of god when it comes to lgbt representation instead of putting it in the actual canon. But idk. It’s only chapter 4.