“I don’t care if it makes you uncomfortable.”
May 17, 2016
A cisgender woman from Connecticut says she experienced firsthand the discrimination that many transgender people face when she was verbally assaulted in a bathroom.
On Friday, 22-year-old Aimee Toms was in a Walmart bathroom when she says that a stranger asked her to leave.
“You are not supposed to be here. You have to leave,” the woman said, according to Toms. “You’re disgusting.”
After the woman left the bathroom, Toms realized that she had been perceived as transgender because of her short hair. Toms previously donated some of her hair to a nonprofit organization that creates free wigs for cancer patients.
“I’ve had people call me all sorts of names for having short hair. I’ve had people call me a boy, I’ve had people call me a dyke, I’ve had people call me gay.” Toms told local publication The Danbury News Times. “I’m grateful that that woman only called me disgusting and didn’t physically attack me… I was a victim of transphobia today as a cisgender female because my hair is short.”
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