YES! “We Need More Stories of Men Standing Up to Street Harassment.”

"We Need More Stories of Men Standing Up to Street Harassment."
“I didn’t even know if she was LGBT but it didn’t matter.”

Location: Bethesda Metro Station
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

Long story – so today I was on an elevator in Bethesda going down to the metro with two women. I heard the normal looking older woman ask the younger woman if her bust was bigger than her waist. I wondered out loud what was going on. The young woman had a short haircut and very professional clothes and shyly replied the old woman was berating her for being a transvestite. I had heard enough and let the old woman have it. How dare she question the gender identity and impose her view of what a woman should look like on a complete stranger. We argued the whole way down and to the train entrance and I screamed she was a hateful, bigoted, pathetic person as loud as I could in front of people waiting to get on the elevator.

At the train platform, I spoke with the young woman and she was visibly shaken. I apologized she had to endure the old woman and she thanked me for sticking up for her. I didn’t even know if she was LGBT but it didn’t matter. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my job, it’s that you’ve got to stick up little guy/girl, the minority, the invisible, and the voiceless or else no one will.

BTW, feel free to mention I’m a man. We need more stories of men standing up to street harassment.

Submitted 5/19/14 by “JTL.”

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