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“Thank you to Good Samaritans… shocking and frightening to experience such transphobia in the middle of Pride weekend, but it was heartwarming to know our city had our back.”


photo by Angela N.

“Dear PoPville,

I am writing to thank people who helped my partner and me onto the bus when we were being harassed. At the moment we couldn’t thank them, but I hoped this could reach them!

My partner and I boarded the 90 bus at U & New Hampshire NW on Saturday, June 9.

A man called my partner, and when they didn’t respond, he became irritated and started shouting transphobic statements. He kept asking them and the entire bus if my partner ‘had a dick or not’. He then got up from his seat, still screaming, and started coming toward us from the back of the bus. A man stood up, physically restrained him and told him to calm down. He wouldn’t calm down, so another man got up and they made him sit down. The driver also stood up to mediate. He sat down, but kept demanding an answer to that question.

We ended up getting off the bus at that same stop because it was clear he wasn’t going to stop yelling about my partner until we left. We were too frozen in the moment to thank the people on the bus who defended us, but I really appreciate everyone who stopped him. It was shocking and frightening to experience such transphobia in the middle of Pride weekend, but it was heartwarming to know that our city had our back.”

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