Illustration by Kalah Allen

I feel your eyes bearing down upon me as I swiftly walk past you. They cut through me, yet I have grown immune. I hear the remarks as I'm near, and it's just plain sinister. "Shim," "mahu," "tranny"—I've heard it all before. Your xenophobic harassment hurts. I suggest you try something that might blow your brains: Keep it inside there, don't let it out, don't shout or spew derogatory hate speak in the vicinity of me. What gives you the right to hassle a stranger in public? Nothing! I've dealt with this sort of public shaming my whole life. Not only have people verbally abused me, but physically attacked me years ago in high school (and got away with it). I would like it to end now! I am a biological woman and have androgynous features, I don't wax because it's my body, my choice, and it doesn't concern you at all. There's no format in which this behavior is acceptable or okay. What's eating at your ability to treat a person with respect? Come to terms with that before opening your mouth.—Anonymous