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Katie’s story: homophobic harassment is real

My girlfriend and I left the library together and someone shouted at us “Ohhhhh lesbians!” My girlfriend (much braver than me) shouted back “Yup!”
He responded with “need a man?”

Because our existence couldn’t possibly be valid without a man it.

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Kris’ experience with gender policing

Myself and my brother (both of us afab trans people) were sitting at the bus stop when an older man from across the street shouts “Such pretty ladies shouldn’t have such wild coloured hair! You’d look more beautiful without that.” We tell him we’re not ladies and he laughs at us. A few minutes later he starts crossing the street toward us, so we leave the bus stop just in case it escalates.

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Ciaran’s story: why should my skin be public property?

Walking up James Street with my brother, wearing a sweater and headscarf. A group of old men hanging out in front of the flower shop start shouting, “Hey it’s not that cold out, why don’t you wear t-shirts?” and “Take a little bit off, huh?” while the rest of them snicker at us. Made me wonder why they’re so obsessed with seeing my arms, why should my skin be public property?

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Just let me ride my bike!

the cannon street bike lanes were poorly designed for cyclist safety, as the painted lines don’t pass thru intersections and you are disguised as a flower pot in key locations where you want to be known as a bike, not a planter… On top of that i’ve been harassed by men on bikes a few times on my daily commutes. they ride beside you in the bike lane and swerve in to harass you. I was nervous that one man might hit my bike with theirs as they tried to pick me up en route, so i shouted ‘in front or behind me those are your options!’ Of course I was called stuck up and no fun and rude and a cunt for asserting my safety there. one had an issue when i passed him. He threatened me ‘you better watch out!’ i hurt his manliness feelings? just let me ride!

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Amy’s story: don’t harass me when I’m running!

I was out running when three guys walked out of a building on John North. One of them gave me a suggestive “helloooooo sunshine” so I stopped and turned back and asked if he was talking to me.
He took a step forward, like maybe I was going to thank him, and smiled and said yes.
“That’s disgusting,” I told him. “I don’t want to be harassed by you while I’m out running.”
“Harassed? I call you sunshine and you call that harassment?”
“Yes I do. I’m just out running. I don’t want to be harassed by dirtbags.”
“You think it’s harassment?”
“It is harassment. For you to comment on me like that when I’m just out trying to live my life, it’s fucking disgusting.”
“Sorry…” (he looked shocked, if not sincerely apologetic)
“Thank you. Don’t do that to women. Don’t do that to girls.”
And I jogged away.

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Carmen’s story of stalking in her neighbourhood

My Neighbours are part of the stalking I experience in my area of town. People are always leering at me, following me. I am meant to be surrounded. Police labelled me “paranoid when I report the stalking.  have no trust in the Hamilton police.

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Carmen’s story: stalking and targeting

I’m being stalked by my brother who is linked to my manager, Sarah, at my workplace. Sarah destroyed a coworkers life. Its my turn now. Her axe is in my back – she made threats about people. I am one of those. And I’m afraid.

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Sandy’s scary stalking experience

I have been dealing with a guy for almost a calendar year.
He seems to have started a ‘war’ when I would not cheat on his GF with him. We have never had any kind of relationship.

Every time they have a serious fight, (I assume this is the reason-?)I start seeing him a lot in passing. (stalking) I have also been cyber stalked, & group stalked.

I don’t respond & right away his idiot friends start calling me, “SLUT!”, give me the finger, & sometimes obscene gestures.
I also get ‘drive-bys’, when he or they will slow down or stop, stare @ me & then drive away.(sometimes with an obscene gesture)

They are frequently driving a few cars behind him. He goes past me, all straight faced, & then his buddies start in when I pass them.
The main idiot (leader of the pack) lives on Main St. W. opposite Whitney. He is Very tall, 30 to 40 years old, & usually has a a beard. He used to drive a very large, white older model car.
I have heard that other women have complained about him.
Anyone else had any issues with this man?

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