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Aug. 17th, 2005 @ 02:39 am CrayonPeople.com
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crayonpeople:
Jul. 24th, 2005 @ 08:52 pm Almost involved in a Fight
Current Mood: distresseddistressed

Well, I almost got involved in a fight, earlier tonight.

I was taking Pegasus out for a walk around sunset. I was a little annoyed that he seems to do this a lot slower lately (actually I'm worried, but we both seem out of condition). Anyway, we were passing the chip shop when we were accosted by several teenage youths. They made rude remarks (obviously meant to bait me) and something in me "snapped". I bailed one up in the phone booth saying "What's that?!"

He looked terrified, and then I made to walk away, but they resumed their taunts. I turned back and they retreated, and then they were worried that I'd damage their bicycles. Having considered that I made my point (and thinking about my dog, who was still with me) I went to turn away again, and they started again. Once again I felt this sense of rage well up in me. There was a damaged wheelie bin next to me, with a broken axle. I removed the axle (which had one wheel still on the end) and proceeded to follow them up the street.

This time they rode off into the dark, one calling me a "crazy bitch!" I walked back to the shop and dropped the axle and wheel next to the bin. There was a group of teenage girls sitting on the steps of the shop, smoking cigarettes and eating. I said to them at the time "I don't take shit" and "They're (referring to the boys) stupid -- if I really wanted to hurt them I'd damage their bikes!"

Then I walked the remaining 500 metres home.

This has disturbed me, a lot. It's unlike me. I can only think that after the harassment I had in Carrington -- where I was hounded by aboriginal youth for six months, and where another group of youths routinely kicked in my front door -- I wasn't going to put up with it again.

Still, such behaviour could have got me into real trouble. It's a worry.

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goth
octobrianaoz:
Apr. 24th, 2005 @ 06:22 pm Interesting Quote
Current Mood: indescribable
Check out the main text on this page, and then the comments.
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goth
octobrianaoz:
Apr. 20th, 2005 @ 09:29 am Forum Hack Attack
Current Mood: angryangry
Current Music: Eco Friendly Music
Argh - it's happened again. The Necropolis Nightclub Forums got hacked again (currently in the process of a re-install as I post). I send a lot of posts there, as it's for the local Goth Nightclub, which I enjoy going to.

And the attack was obviously homo- and trans- phobic. The comments on the hacked version of the forum were very anti both, and the hacker had rigged it so that the "good language filter made the following changes:

the = THE DILDO OWNZ ME DILDO OWNZ ME
an = AND I TAKE IT UP THE ButZORZ I TAKE IT UP THE DILDO OWNZ ME ButZORZ

Not only that, but posts I made to protest this in the hacked forum were changed in an attempt to abuse me, so I was a prime target/

Well, I'm angry as hell over this!

But I don't know what to do about it. I have my suspicions as to who did it, as the attack followed comments made in a forum, where one person made a stupid comment like "Only Gays and Blacks" get AIDS, and which everyone else immediately criticised them. But that isn't proof. And even if it was, what could be done?
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goth
octobrianaoz:
Apr. 18th, 2005 @ 09:59 pm (no subject)
hopefully this won't be off topic... but...

this is silly, but it's a real question on my mind.
is it culturally insensitive or just plain out wrong for a white woman to wear a sari?
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babywearing
mirtharesa:
Dec. 16th, 2004 @ 04:36 pm Hello, I'm a new member.
My name is Jasmine. I'm 18. I came out one drunken night to my sister and a group of people at the house that I was bisexual. I've just realized I am bisexual. And now non-stop nearly for over a month since then she's been constantly making fun of me. I can't stand it.

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jsj4degrees:
Dec. 2nd, 2004 @ 03:54 pm (no subject)
x/posted all over, FTM running for CoverBOY of the year, needs helpCollapse )
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equalityforall:
Oct. 22nd, 2004 @ 12:41 am Today's Shit
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Kate Bush - Cloudbursting
OK, this happened at TAFE last week. I wasn't feeling very well at the time and was wearing a kaftan and sandals, and uncombed hair. I'd just got something for lunch and was walkingback to class, having to pass through a group of teenagers who tend to sit around the sliding doors. I walk about 10 meters past them and a teenage girl shouts out

Her: "SO ARE YOU MALE OR FEMALE?"

     I normally ignore this shit, but that day I paused, and shouted back

Me: "ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?"

Her: "YEAH!"

Me: "WERE YOU BORN IN A FUCKING TENT?"

Her: "I WAS ONLY TRYING TO ASK A QUESTION YOU BITCH!"

Me: "THEN HERE'S YOUR ANSWER!"

   ...and I walked off.

I reckon that's a fair exchange. Who are these people anyway, do they think it's Springer or something? And by what right do they have to think that it's any of their business?

Kids nowadays!
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goth
octobrianaoz:
Sep. 13th, 2004 @ 09:35 am Bitter's Edge
Current Mood: angryangry

"Hey you -- yeah you!" you cry.</font>

And whether or not I want to,</font>

                                            I hear.

Cause you "might" like me (maybe)...</font>

  ...but you hate what I am.</font>

       Cause I went to a different place
       a place where:</font>

       I found myself,
       my "real" self
       and guess what?...</font>

       I wasn't like you.</font>

And, oh shame of shames, I did something about it.</font>

But you, you don't like that,
don't want to be reminded that nature is diverse,
don't want to think that I had the guts to be me,
                                       don't want to be reminded...
                                           ...that If I can do it...
                                           ...maybe you can too.</font>

Not a journey to the same place as me (though maybe)
   not even to believe the things I do (let them think for you)
    but to your own private place
        of truth
        and destiny.</font>

But you're scared...
  ...'cause if I did it, maybe you can too.</font>

And that can be  frightening 
  and that can be  painful 
    because
      you can never tell where it will lead.</font>

So you...</font>

...make fun of me</font>

(and when that doesn't work)</font>

...harrass me</font>

(and when that doesn't work)</font>

...threaten me</font>

(and when that doesn't work)</font>

...hurt me</font>

(and when that doesn't work)</font>

...kill me.</font>


I know this,
   because it happens to me
      and my sisters,
         and my brothers
            who went
            to their private places
            and became who they are.</font>

For whether you see it
                                  or not.</font>

I hurt.</font>

Bah,</font>

       my word's but a</font> whisper

your deafness a</font> shout.</font>

So if sometimes
     I seem bitter
     I seem twisted
     I seem sad...</font>

...it's your fear, your cowardice...</font>

...that gets me mad.

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goth
octobrianaoz:
Sep. 8th, 2004 @ 10:21 am School Kids
Current Mood: determined
The trouble with school kids is that they're cheeky and determined. If you encounter them when they're not hom and not at school, they think that just because they have no supervision, they can get away with anything.

I was walking Pegasus (my dog) yesterday afternoon, and encountered a group coming home from school. Now I'm a transsexual woman, and look slightly "odd" at the best of time, but that's me, and my life. Anyway, this time around they seemed intent on finding a way to bait me.

This time I didn't rise to the occasion. Nothing much happened (they asked me my name, which I gave after getting theirs), but there was an expectation of something, and afterwards I found it extremely hard to unwind.

Not the first encounter I've ever had, and probably not the last, but a reliable strategy is still lacking. I wrote about stuff like this in a magazine called Polare, in an article called The Bottom Line. Still, stress gets to me over this, and anxiety about possible encounters discourages further excursions.

And that's why I created this community, to compare notes with others about how we cope with this shit.
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goth
octobrianaoz: