The Stares Return

CW: Transphobia, Street Harassment

In the last couple of weeks the UK has started to unwind lockdown (a fucking stupid idea, but that’s not the point of this post). I live near the city centre so food shopping involves going through town. And on top of the anxiety from so many people not wearing masks, I’ve got another problem. The stares are back.

For 2 months nobody yelled at me while walking down the street, nobody pointed and laughed at me for what I was wearing, and I was less afraid of getting attacked. And now with the reckless drive to “return to normal” street harassment is coming back along with clothes shopping and pubs. It hit me harder than I expected, facing a hundred stares after 2 months without continuous desensitisation.

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