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Quick edit before I start replying later today, but I want to say I deeply apologize to anyone out there if this has offended you. I do not mean to turn this into a war, I only wish for peace and equality.
I am still firm in my beliefs, but I realize I may have worded them in an aggressive manner, and for that, I am sorry.
I fully support straight relationships, but I am against homophobia and misunderstanding of gender fluidity.
I fully support gender roles or conformity, but I am against societal expectation.
The point is NOT to get rid of these things, but to make it so people are not FORCED into them.
My ultimate goal is for everyone to be able to relate to these messages despite gender, sex, identity, race, religion, or anything else.
I am only using these stories and characters as a tool to do so.

Thank you all for the support and I hope you accept my sincere apologies

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Picture This
By *Tyshea and ~Aibi-Cake
A collection of short stories about love between girls.

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As you all hopefully know, PT is all about love between girls. So yes, lesbians, if you so choose to label them.
We know spirit day isn't just for lesbians, but since the story deals with LGBT empowerment, we wanted to do this really, really bad.
(We apologize for only having ladies in PT thusfar, but when the time comes, we'll be doing this same thing with boys in the future.)

As we've worked on this project and uploaded development images on here, some of you have mentioned the girls being too overtly masculine, but really, what is gender?
Gender is something defined by culture. Gender and biological sex are different.. and gender expression varies insanely from person to person.
Gender is something many use as a weapon for hate.
But, to me and many people, gender is fluid.
So within this story, we tried to explore many types of gender expression within girl and girl love:

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:bulletpurple:Sam&Sara: are our "androgynous" couple.
Though many of you want to label Sam the "boy" because of her name, height, and the fact she does sports, this is not the case.
We purposefully made them to be very interchangeable as far as gender roles go. Gender conformity shouldn't matter to any couple, straight, gay, or anything else.
Sara is a "tomboy" because she likes video games and skating. Sam is a "tomboy" because she plays sports. But really, "tomboy" is just a term, and what defines what is a "boyish" or "girlish" activity?
The focus in their story is more based on the romantic aspect that love transcends gender and biology, so we wanted their pose to be tender, protective, mutual.
There's a sense of masculine protectiveness about both of them, and a sense of fragile tenderness and femininity to both of them.

:bulletwhite:Jay&Jess: are our "masculine" couple.
Honestly, a lot of people have a hard time understanding this couple because they both have aggressively masculine body expression.
"Gay girls dress like boys just to get girls, right?" Wrong. Why CAN'T girls wear men's clothes? Why can't men wear girl's clothes? Gender conformity.
A girl can wear men's clothes and still like men. A girl can wear men's clothes and still like girls. Or like masculine girls. Your sexual preference has nothing to do with your personal expression.
We hope to give their story a very boyish charm to it. We want them to be very protective of each other. There is no "damsel" in this relationship.
That's why their pose is very blunt, strong, and steadfast.

:bulletpurple:Stella&Gale: are our gender conforming relationship.
Gale is masculine, and Stella is feminine.
On the outside, they do follow the typical "butch and femme" dynamic.
Is it WRONG to follow gender roles? No, not really. If it works for you in a healthy way, it's great. There's a reason it exists, I'm sure.
But when gender roles become an expectation, to the point where it harms and isolates groups of people, it's just a tool for oppression.
Gale and Stella happily conform to their gender roles, and we hope to portray it as a healthy "protector" and "nurturer" give-and-take.

:bulletwhite:Mona&Su-Mi: are our "feminine" couple.
They seem to be very widely accepted, because "if you like women, but still want to dress like a woman, that's great! It's hot!"
Ah, objectification. Despite the undesirable portrayal of femme-on-femme lesbian porn, we definitely didn't want to discount the fact that lipstick lesbians exist and are very prominent.
What IS wrong with conforming to your gender and liking others who do the same? There's a sense of equality there that you don't get in opposite gender relationships.
As two feminine women, we wanted them to be tender, nurturing, quiet. Somewhat sensual, but still modest, straying away from the objectified "lesbian porn," but not denying their sexuality.


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We don't mean to label our characters, or their stories. But sadly, the problem of gender conformity is still rampant in our culture, so it DOES effect them. We can't turn a blind eye to that.
It effects real life same-sex couples, it effects real life straight couples. it effects young people who are harassed in schools and in the streets.
We don't want to label them, but we do want to address these very real problems.
We label them only so the reader has an easier time understanding them, and understanding what we're trying to say.
We label them because we want to question how we label others.

Because in the end, we need to stop looking at gender, and start looking at people.

Happy Spirit Day, in memory of those heroes.
Let's dye the world purple.
No Hate.

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Image is a collaboration between myself and ~Aibi-Cake
I did the preliminary sketch and color comp, she lined everything, then I colored and did the typography.
Since it is a collaboration, it will also show up in her gallery, please feel free to take a peek at her deviation to read her opinions in the comments and support her as well!

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:bulletpurple:Find out more about the "NOH8" campaign here: [link]
:bulletpurple:Find out more about Spirit Day here: [link] and [link]
:bulletpurple:deviantART honors Spirit Day
:bulletpurple:Let's extend Spirit Day to 2011
:bulletpurple:"It Gets Better"
:bulletpurple:"The Trevor Project"
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horaciosi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
A world with no hate?....THAT'S NO FUN!! jk
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ekkiart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student General Artist
I just thought I'd say that I totally agree with everything you say I love your veiws and outlooks on life, gender, society, etc. In the past few years I've started seeing gender as more of a spectrum than a "one-or-the-other" check box and I think these characters, their stories and their emotions are incredibly real and beautiful. You've got some great work here not just in this picture but these characters and their stories as a whole. Also same goes for Ai-Bee, you guys are great:) <3
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thank you so much! :blushes:
I'm glad that you can see the depth of our characters, I really can't wait until we can bring their stories to life

We really appreciate the support! :love:
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linnchi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
<font><font>I can't read the chapter's whyyyy? :c</font></font>
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linnchi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
<font><font>No puedo read the chapter's why??????????????????? T.T</font></font>
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Nhr-alsbr Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
I really like the art you do, your very talented Mashaallah. I just don't agree with the message behind the art. 
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bsienk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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CoreyCakes Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my gosh
You are an amazing person with a beautiful view of life! Your art is amazing and the messages behind them are so amazing.
You are such a wonderful person
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw geez, thank you so much! :blushes:
I'm really happy the message was able to reach you <33
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CoreyCakes Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Your welcome
Keep up the art
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markvtwin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
lol it took a while to read, i needed to keep scrolling up to check the art, but I can't wait to see more
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha, yeah I tend to ramble in my comments :XD:
Thanks for reading though, appreciate it!
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JimmyGeronimo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Why does no hate translate to everyone having to have their mouths duct-taped? (because except for BDSM, no one does that voluntarily)
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Dancingonthegreen Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I believe that a world without hate would contain nothing, Nihilism perfected. Peace and society cannot coexist. 
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this ^^ I should start reading this story. It sounds very interesting :)
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The story isn't out just yet, but keep an eye peeled! :D
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ok! *Peels eyes* XD
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SaraAhmedAmin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist
i should spend more time at your gallery, not just because of the art but because of your deceptions !! i am surrounded by so many bullshits in this life , sometimes you need to remind your self of what is important !!
thanks tyshea 
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Letmebecowgirl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! 
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Letmebecowgirl Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) My pleasure
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imaginationc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Maybe I'm a little bit late to say it, but I totally agree with you and also like your characters. So, thank you for that!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Never too late, thank you so much! :)
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imaginationc Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Good point and you are very welcome :D
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PrinceCiel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
What about gays!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, this picture is for a project that only has girl-couples, but we plan on doing one for men eventually too :)
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PrinceCiel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Oh, okay.
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DestanOfTheShadows Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Two Thumbs WAY Up!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:love:
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nayuky91 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
perfect!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:blush: :heart:
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Flamboyant-Nerd Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As both an FtM and a drag queen, I love this.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) :heart:
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LilyKemp Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student
this is awesome :3
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Sangeline Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
So my school GSA club is going to be spreading posters and fliers around halls for the 4-19 day of silence, and I was wondering if I can modify just the colors and style of this, credit you, and use them for the posters and fliers? I'll make sure it's 100% credited.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you for the gesture!
I'd really appreciate if you didn't though...I'm sorry!

Maybe you guys can take pictures yourself with the NOH8 style, or just use photos of celebrities that have already done it.
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Sangeline Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Oh, I didn't mean use the characters or anything, just the layout and theme--'redoing' it in a different style would change the poses :3
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'd still prefer if you didn't :(
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curlupinpiskie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...............This is amazing.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :blushes:
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ThisIsLanceWinning93 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Could this get any gayer? If this was anymore off the gaydar you'd be reaching fucking mars.
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Ianuarius85 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No height? So it's a world inhabited by Tom Cruises.
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alkitty311 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I originally faved this piece not long after you posted it, but while I was browsing your gallery I stumbled across it again and I was stunned at the impact it suddenly had. When this piece was first posted I was still in the closet.

Now, over a year later, I've come to look at it with completely different eyes. This is truly a fabulous work of art. Your story is an absolutely amazing creation and I look forward to seeing more of these lovely ladies as the story progresses. PT is a phenomenal representation of the honesty and purity of love between two people, and you portray these woman just as they should be portrayed: as human beings. In love regardless of gender, stereotype, or expectations.

Thank you both for creating such a wonderful, intricate story. It brings tears to my eyes, and give me hope as a gay woman for the future of our world and the level of acceptance found here and everywhere.

Thank you thank you thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This comment has been sitting in my inbox for a while.
It's just...this message is so sweet. What you said is exactly what I wanted to hear.
Yet I can't seem to find the words to properly thank you with.

I'm so proud of you for being true to yourself, I'm so proud of you for writing this message.
I'm so proud this project for being able to help you so much.

This really, really gives me so much inspiration and hope to keep chipping away at these stories until they're done.
I can only hope the message spreads even further :heart:
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alkitty311 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thank you so much for taking time to to reply, and for giving such a wonderful response. I meant every word I said, and I am eagerly awaiting more of your brilliant work. Thank you so so much <3
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:blushes: :iconluvluvplz:
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izzyfizzy23 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DUDE! i luv noh8! thr lik soo cool
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