“a very discouraging thing to witness” – Jonathan’s story

A few weeks ago, as I walking down Charles Street I witnessed the tail end of a verbal altercation between a Baltimore City Police Officer and a transgender woman. The woman had clearly been angered by something the officer did, and was shouting at him. In order to shut the woman down, the officer pointedly and dismissively repeated “Have a nice day, SIR!” with clear emphasis on the word “sir”. I was so flabbergasted watching this, I didn’t know what to do, but when I happened to make eye contact with the offending officer, I simply shouted “That’s not nice!” I know I should have done more, but I was very taken aback. As someone who is gradually embracing a genderfluid identity, this was a very discouraging thing to witness.