Category: Transphobic

Free of Suggestion – guest post

by Madeleine Buck, who recently created and donated a quilt square to FORCE’s Monument Quilt project.   Every city dweller periodically finds themselves wondering whether they’ll be able to go out in public without having to deal with a stranger’s commentary, and the common solution is to barely acknowledge or ignore any unsolicited appraisals of … Continued

HOLLAween: No Shame, No Blame

It’s Halloween! From spooky to sexy, there are so many ways for all ghouls to celebrate, and there’s something in this holiday for everyone. However, for a lot of us, Halloween means harassment—on the streets, at parties, just walking outside in costume. We’re expected to look sexy, even if that’s not our thing, and we … Continued

“That’s a man” – Aaleyah’s story

I was walking home from the store one night and a guy called out to me. His boys said “That’s a man” and he physically attacked me. I had to go to the hospital and I had to move for my safety. I am who I were today! No Fear! [got-back]

A Vulnerable Community Keeps It Private

written by site leader, Shawna We recently visited Project PLASE, a transitional housing and support services facility for those who have experienced homelessness and are looking to break the cycle. Our goal was to conduct video interviews with women and LGBTQ folks about street harassment, and the unique ways that people with insufficient housing might … Continued

Original Poetry: Freedom Fighter

Freedom Fighter By monica stevens I’m the one who gazed into the eyes of the person on the #13 bus Who nudged the lady seated next to her and whispered loudly enough for everyone to hear “I think that’s a man!” Summoned up all of the positive inside Buried deep below dark caverns of negativity … Continued

He Grabbed, He Cried, I Laughed – Kayla’s story

I was getting off the subway and a guy approached me, asking, “How are you feeling?” I said “OK.” He then proceeded to grab my butt and when I got angry he said “It’s OK because I know that you are trans.” I maced him and laughed all the way home. [got_back]

REMEMBERED, MOURNED, AND HONORED

Hollaback! Baltimore is deeply concerned about the street harassment the LGBTQ community faces and this time of year we’d like to shine a spotlight on the harassment of our local transgender community. The month of November is a special month to remember the lives we have lost due to this gender based violence/trans* hate.  It … Continued