“…loud enough for me to hear…” – Kris’s story

I was on the Charm City Circulator (Baltimore’s free bus service) catching it back home after running in the harbor. I was standing and behind me were two teenage boys. They were probably in their early teen years, maybe 13 and 15 or even younger. Loud enough for me to hear, they said, “Is that a bitch or a n****r?” and proceeded to comment on my body and call me derogatory terms associated with being lesbian. The funny thing is, I may have short hair and I may wear baggy clothes (to go running of all things, how strange) but that doesn’t mean that I am a lesbian or a trans person or that being either of those things is a negative and means I am deserving of bullying by people who don’t even know me.