Julia Kaye is a 28-year-old cartoonist living in Los Angeles. She's already famous from her webcomic 'Up And Out', but last year a big change came to her life - she became a transgender woman. This was clearly a very hard step to make and Julia went and is still going through many challenges that bring both melancholic and optimistic feelings.

With encouragement from her friends, Julia started to make comics about her transition. The series focuses on her feelings, moments of insecurity or triumph while reaching important personal milestones, such as buying a dress for the first time, learning how to use eyeliner, and talking about her transition to her family and friends.

The artist found this process very therapeutic - "It got me to set aside time at the end of my day to reflect on how I was feeling. And because I was making the comics for myself, I allowed myself to be more honest than I might have been otherwise." Eventually Kaye decided to share the comics publicly, realizing she could give other trans people content that they could directly relate to, and the feeling that they're not alone, as well as give others insight into what it's like to live with gender dysphoria. Check them out!

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Louise Åkesson
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3 years ago

I've got tears, thoughts and smiles.. A real empathy booster and an awesome, brave and talented artist.. I adore Julia! Hugs from denmark

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Hamilton Bubbub
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3 years ago

:,)

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DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

Wow, you are very lucky :D So sweet and warm.

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Sophie G
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3 years ago

yay for Dans!

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Out of chocolate
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3 years ago

I'm curious as to how you felt in that situation.

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Lunar Universe
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3 years ago

*Crying* (':

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Jessica Clay
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3 years ago

Save your vitriolic bullshit. No one here cares about your narrow minded opinion. Rejecting a fundamental aspect of one's identity would be to repress who they truly feel they are, day after day, for a lifetime. Gender is about more than private parts, and if you don't know that or can't grasp that then you have no business contributing your opinion.

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Marie-Eve Barette
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3 years ago

This series is giving me back some faith in humanity. Thank you.

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Lila Launehase
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3 years ago

I want to hug you, too :(

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BoredBirgit
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3 years ago

Really? Never thought about that effect

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Zenozenobee
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3 years ago

That is something you share with every girls on Earth ;p

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Seong Jin
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3 years ago

I love your comics! As a genderfluid person I relate sooooo much!

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Marie-Eve Barette
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3 years ago

There is an universal truth in this. Too often, we develop anxiety about something, only to realize that we worried for nothing. Story of my life...

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Daria B
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3 years ago

At least, if you dress like a woman, no one will really notice anything, as female toilettes have better privacy than males', so don't be afraid, girl. Just go and do your business.

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Chris Beres
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3 years ago

😱💜 this is great, just changing "when you were a guy", to "when I thought you were a guy" makes the phrase change from underhandedly transphobic, to a way of showing validation while discussing something from before being out. What an amazing friend!

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Lyndsey Konya
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3 years ago

THEY are the ones who shouldn't exist :(

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Shauday Smith
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3 years ago

people like to say that external validation shouldn't mean anything... but it soooo does for everyone. Of course i want other people to like me, and not put me down, or invalidate my experiences because they haven't had to deal with them. The downer to being a social species... but also an upper when you gain a support network that can help keep you up when others get ya down.

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years ago

You know, sometimes people are just tired or distracted ;) I've been called "Mr" by a cashier last week and I am a cis woman, I have long hair and currently huge tits thanks to breastfeeding. These kind of professions see a lot of people a day and repeating the same sentences again and again.... They are likely to make mistakes, you know, just like the kids that call the teacher "Mum" ;p Yet, I understand it can hurt your feelings. You don't need to grow a thicker skin for that (I'm affraid you're armor will have better use), you just have to realise you're a beautiful woman and that those kind of error are just scatterbrain mistakes.

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Marzo Florida
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3 years ago

I have to admit. Its a little hard for me to accept transgenders or, their lifestyle choices. But one things for sure: judging isnt an option. They are people, and not creatures like some people treat them as. Im glad Julie has loving friends in her life :)

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Alex Newell
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3 years ago

Weren't you "Julie" in another comic? Or just a nickname perhaps. That name would be harder to mishear.

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Raluca Ral
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3 years ago

Welcome to the world of tall and insecure girls. This thing was so normal for me but i went over it.

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Paula Bogomolova
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3 years ago

I can never get it right. I struggle to the point that I get two different thick lines and get irritated

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Yvonne Horton
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3 years ago

Julia you are the BEST kind of beautiful. Not only outwardly but inside where it counts!

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Sarah Laurent
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3 years ago

l.o.v.e.

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

You go girl!

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Tanya Randstoft
Community Member
3 years ago

Spent a Saturday night at a police station once, about a year and half into my transition... The officer refused to accept that my drivers license was mine...

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Ariella Healer
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3 years ago

I was washing up in the ladies' room last week and the lady using the sink next to me turned to me and said, "I just love your hair!" The effects of HRT are starting to show. Even at age 66. It's amazing,exciting, and wonderful!

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Signe Manat Hansen
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3 years ago

I just love this one

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Sunzilla
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3 years ago

This is normal for everyone.

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GlassOfWater
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3 years ago

So beautiful!

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Shawn Ruester
Community Member
3 years ago

I know many women that wear and buy guy cloths so I'd say wearing them occasionally would still be acceptable unless it makes you feel awkward then do what you need to do.

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Jeeves
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww this ones so nice!! Happy Birthday girl!!

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
3 years ago

of course not! there's plenty of women with deep voices. think of cher! wonderful voice and nobody would question her femininity for that! :)

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DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

Spot on! :)

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GlassOfWater
Community Member
3 years ago

This one made my day!

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Master Markus
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3 years ago

I get this so much.

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Sophie G
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3 years ago

but maybe they were compliments oramibeingnaive

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Melanie Höflich
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3 years ago

If your dress stays up like that I'm impressed.

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Sheila Stamey
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3 years ago

Sweetie, unfortunately, we girls have this talent for being our own worst critic.

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Sybil Billy
Community Member
3 years ago

Very important step~~<3

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Cheesy Potato
Community Member
3 years ago

the only thing that changed is that the real you has come to life

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nuttyballoon
Community Member
3 years ago

You've discovered one of the unfortunate truths of female life. Welcome to the new normal!

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Signe Manat Hansen
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3 years ago

I also have big feet. The clearance thing is a huge plus!

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Teddy Ward
Community Member
3 years ago

But don't beat yourself if you ever fall back in

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Ged Maybury
Community Member
3 years ago

What a great mom and dad. (My challenge is still coming)

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Reyna Brooks
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3 years ago

*Smiles* this made my day.

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

Lately people in public have been calling my fiancé ma'am. He is all male but happens to have beautiful poreless smooth skin and...'

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Nathan Tyler Gray
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3 years ago

Aaah yeah Great parents

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Diane Serpa
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3 years ago

I wish these weren't posted out of order with her transition timeline.

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Sunzilla
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3 years ago

I also wear men's socks. They are thicker and longer... a bit big for my feet, but I don't care. They happen to be cheaper too...

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Sarah Laurent
Community Member
3 years ago

But... you're a woman ! That's why :D Every woman thinks like that, lol ! <3

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Erika Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

This also happens to women who change their last name when they get married - takes forever to change everything over - seems like an endless process.

Prince-Nux
Community Member
3 years ago

It's not the same!

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Donna Mixon
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3 years ago

Married...or divorced... endless

Larry Jakubecz
Community Member
3 years ago

Had to laugh. Classic life-sized "D'oh!"

Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

It took forever when I got married, too. There are so many things that you have to change - and it's never-ending. It took over a year before I got it all done.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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3 years ago

Oh, we all get those! Bad hair day, anyone?

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Nadine Lujan
Community Member
3 years ago

Unfortunately it comes with being a woman in our society :) sad, but women do have a hard time accepting compliments. And when we do - we are considered conceited (who does she think she is? She ain't all that). You are gorgeous!

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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3 years ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Kerry Pye
Community Member
3 years ago

If they can't accept you for the amazing woman you are, then they was never true friends to begin with.

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Angel
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3 years ago

You can do it :-)

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Tanya Randstoft
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3 years ago

Walking past a shop-facade can be hard those days... Now, 20+ laser treatments in, I'm finally all but free from dark facial hair...

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Teddy Ward
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3 years ago

These ones are my favorite

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Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 years ago

You are <3

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Kerry Pye
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3 years ago

From what i've seen and read, you have amazing support and will never be alone.

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Joanna K.
Community Member
3 years ago

Who cares about few short hairs, geeez. I remember days when I couldn't left home without shaving my legs and now I'm like "I shaved 3 days ago, that;s enough, too lazy to do it everyday" :D

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