Ali’s explanation of Luc’s fear about coming out to her during homecoming, is obviously a more condensed version of what I wrote below Part 10’s comic last week. As I implied last week, coming out is tough for many LGBTQ people. My hope that with all the recent steps forward regarding Gay Rights, it continues to get easier for the next generations.
I love playing on Ali’s obliviousness to Luc’s sexuality. The fact he keeps the closest equivalent to porn, without actually it being porn, in his locker, and she still doesn’t put two and two together, makes me laugh for some reason. Especially since this obliviousness most likely plays into those other relationships that have been previously alluded to.
On a side-note: that last panel is purely fiction. I did not keep such magazines at school. I hid them under the bed, like most teens, praying my mother never found them. Years later, I’m 99.9% sure she knew they were there.