F**** idiots, specially the pregnant women thing, I mean HTF!
I would had goon totally crazy if anyone got so far to burn me with a cigerat.
I agree with you on the standing up, but people usunally dont know how to handly the situation and somethimes they just freeze and are scared of getting invold.
Word. The pregnant chicks were seriously fucked up.... Firstly, who smokes while pregnant? Secondly, who beats people while pregnant? Thirdly, who attacks strangers? And forth and foremost, who rips off clothes in a fight? They called me a dyke and then forced me to get naked - pretty gay if you ask me!
I still get updates as part of the victims assistance program... they are on parole and I got a hand written apology letter and restitution so it all worked out.
Natkat, I totally get what your saying. People also don't want to make themselves vulnerable to an attacker by standing up. But physically interjecting is an extreme form of intervention. Basically, I just think if you see someone seriously trans and gay bashing or assaulting another, the police should be involved. I hate the cops but I hate people who think they can get away with hatred more.
I wonder if certain areas just really are more prone to these sorts of things happening? I mean, I realize that even in a "progressive" city like San Francisco, people who hate on other people because of their sexual choices or appearances can still be found, but it seems less that some areas.
Insideontheoutside, I definitely think certain regions are susceptible to these types of things. People are going to hate, conservative areas amplify that. It takes on a mob mentality of sorts. In my area of Pennsylvania it was "cool" to use racial and homophobic slurs. People often tried to one up another. With groups, things can get out of hands. Clusters and crowds breed exaggerated circumstances.
As for singular attackers, I still have yet to understand that phenomenon... my theory is they don't go out much, so they don't see variety - when they see something different, it excites them and compels them into a fury of hateful verbalizations. Perhaps they lack the socialization skills to know right from wrong? Or maybe they think their opinions are so wonderful the world must know. Regardless, these people suck.
Surprised to hear some of you guys are from PA. I live a little outside of Pittsburgh and haven't really encountered anything like this. I get stares and a lot of angry looks, hoping that doesn't progress to more when I start T.
People are just so ridiculous sometimes, sorry to hear you guys had to put up with that.
I lived in the South Side of Pittsburgh... certainly not comparable to southeastern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh got so many colleges and a more artsy liberal vibe. Peepz are less likely to judge. In fact, I had strangers in P-burgh approach me and complement me on my style. Two sides of the same coin!
I had a guy pull a knife at me in a Country and Western bar when he thought I smiled at him. I was actually smiling at my cousin, not him, but try and tell him that.
His friends had more sense then he did and eventually get him out of there before anything escalated. The experience shook me up a bit though.
Back in suburbia I've had parents not allow their children to play with mine because my partner and I are the same gender. It's ridiculous when people bring kids into this but nothing about that situation makes sense. I guess they thought we would rub off onto little Joey.
Squirrel698, I can't believe you had a knife pulled on you. I can't even imagine... seriously disgusted in people, sorry you had to go through that. I can definitely relate to suburbia and especially the children thing. Lots of other LBGT folks I've spoked with say the same exact thing.... we're magical people!