New submission : Harassed on Rideau

I’m a trans man. I was walking in front of the Rideau centre one January morning, completely bundled up in a hat, mask, scarf, coat, binder, and boots. Some guy (who clearly looked like he was not sober) looked at me and then said “female! Haha, good girl”. I was extremely uncomfortable. I pretended that I didn’t hear him, and unfortunately there wasn’t anyone else around to help. It was the first time I’ve been clocked publicly by a stranger. I try not to think about it, but if I’m being honest I haven’t felt the same since. Before that happened, I felt happy and masculine in my winter gear, but now I worry that I don’t pass and as a result I worry about my safety. I’m hoping that I won’t be alone the next time I’m in that area. It’s just really sucks that I have that fear now.