Guys yelled at me and the friend I was walking with as they drove by.
Two guys yelled at me from their car as they drove by. Like I needed to be reminded that I’m an object.
I live in the northern quarter in a really busy area so it’s not often I’m walking on the streets alone, but yesterday I happened to be going down a quiet back street on the way back from the gym. Two guys no older than 30 came behind and began to walk on either side of me, and I had music on so couldn’t hear what they were saying. I took a headphone out and told them to leave me alone. They told me to learn to take a compliment and that wearing leggings like that, I was asking for attention.
Luckily, a family came out of a restaurant and they sauntered off, not without winking and miming an ass slap. This was at 7 p.m. and right next to my home, I don’t deserve to feel unsafe.
I was walking my dog at 10pm at night in the rain. Man yells at us to get off his property and starts calling me a bitch. I said I was not in his property and it’s a public side walk. I kept walking and he came out and hollered at me more. Every other word out of his mouth was bitch. He stood in the sidewalk and put his hands on his hips. Older white male at least 60 years old. I said I was going to video tape if he kept it up but it was raining and I just wanted to get the hell away. He also asked where I live. Unfortunately I live very close and know I’ll see him again.
I was at work early in the morning and I was the only one up front. A man comes to the checkout and as I am about to ring him up he reaches across the counter and grabs my hand. I’m staring at him in shock as he looks me in the eye and says “That’s right, say ‘get your hands off me”. After that I finished the transaction and he left. Terrifying.
I sat down on the t (Boston speak for “subway”) and a guy sat down directly across from me. I had a bad feeling about him since he was acting kinda weird at the station. I put my headphones on and purposefully face away from him cause I sat here first. Out of the corner of my eye I could see him grooving to his headphones then stomping his feet loudly. He kept saying things to random strangers on the t car and most people ignored him. Then he started yelling about his grandfather to anyone who would listen. Eventually he did little things to try to get my attention like wave to me which I kept ignoring. Then he stands up to get off at his stop and gets close to me and waves. I immediately whack his hand away and yell “stop it!” He looks at everyone else on the t, pointing at me saying something (I can’t hear cause I still have headphones on). Everyone just stares at him but 3 young women are clapping for me. Right before he gets off the t he waves in my face again so I start take my shoe off. He sees that and very quickly runs out the door.
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We’ve had a jam packed week full of planning and strategizing for the future of Hollaback! and are ending it by celebrating Trans Day of Action today in Washington Square Park. Our Heartmob Program Coordinator Desiree along with interns Jean and Lily will be marching through and around the park, uniting together towards dismantling the transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia and xenophobia that permeate our society.
Meanwhile, at Hollaback! Around the world…
We’re so proud that Hollaback! sites everywhere are spreading the word and taking action to fight back against the violence and harassment many have to experience everyday. Keep fighting on!
That’s it for now!
Holla and out!
This week as we healed, reflected and cared for one another, we also took executive director Emily May’s lead and began to take the opportunity to turn our pain into power. We encouraged people worldwide to share their own experiences with hate, harassment, or violence towards the LGBTQ community with the hashtag #thehatewefaceiseveryday. We recognized that the culture we live in, where events like Orlando become inevitable, stem from the daily violence that LGBTQ people face just for being who they are. We not only will stand for those in Orlando, but those everywhere who fear for their safety each and everyday in the homophobic, racist, and transphobic culture that we live in.
This message was shared at Hollaback! around the world…
On Sunday June 12th, Hollaback! Peterborough attended a vigil at Confederation Park across from Peterborough’s City Hall to pay tribute to the 50 victims of the shooting and to pray for the 53 victims still in the hospital.
We stand in solidarity with Orlando. We stand in solidarity with those experiencing homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia. We stand for you.
With love and revolution,
This week our beloved program and administrative assistant CJ will be leaving! We will be holding back tears as they pack up their desk…but also excited for the things they will do! 🙂 / 🙁
Hollaback! Interns Jean and Lan attended the 7th Annual Father’s Day Pledge on Thursday June 9th which supports a nationwide pledge end violence in homes, schools, communities, and building healthy realtionships.
Meanwhile, at Hollaback! around the world…
HollaBack! Croatia will be attending Croatia’s annual pride festival at 3 pm this Saturday!
That’s it for now!
Holla and out!