When a woman who had been a member of a transgender-rights group called Equestrians United and a woman from the LGBT community called Equivel, decided to have a chat about the harassment they’ve been subjected to on the internet, they both experienced something she describes as “disappointing.”
“The first thing I thought of was how I don’t get the same reaction,” the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Verge.
“There are a lot of people who are angry with people who have different views.
And so that’s really hurtful.”
But after the woman talked about it with other trans people who had experienced similar harassment, she said she became convinced it was the people who were the real trolls.
“I realized that it was people that really were in the minority,” she said.
“Because a lot people are just ignorant and really don’t understand how the world works.”
But it wasn’t just people who did this to the trans community who were doing it, and they weren’t just doing it to trans people either.
“It’s so common, I mean I think a lot trans people are the targets,” she continued.
“A lot of the time, they think, ‘Well I’m not really trans, but I’m getting harassed for being trans, and I can’t handle it.’
And so they go, ‘I’m going to make sure that when they do that to me, it’s in a way that I’m OK with it.'”
The woman, a cyclist who lives in Los Angeles, said she began receiving harassing messages on social media that included messages like, “you’re fucking disgusting,” “I think you’re disgusting” and “stop being such a fucking piece of shit.”
“A friend of mine said, ‘You need to leave this world,'” the woman said.
“‘I’m not even going to try to communicate with you.’
It was horrible.
It was like a nightmare.
And it made me really, really angry.”
The woman was able to share her story in an interview with The Verge, and she said the trolls didn’t stop after she said they did.
“But then I saw that I was on a popular YouTube channel, and it was all about trans people and trans-positive people and it made it very easy for them to find me,” she explained.
“They started to follow me and they started to say nasty things about me.
It made me feel like I was the one who was being attacked.
It didn’t seem like I’m being attacked by a bunch of different people.
It just seemed like it was coming from me.”
The Equivelic woman said she has been the target of several of the online comments on her videos, and has been targeted on Facebook as well.
“The worst part of it is when people come up to me and start talking to me in a very disrespectful way, and the internet responds in kind of a horrible way,” she told The Daily Beast.
“People are saying, ‘Hey, you’re a transvestite, you are going to go to hell.
What a piece of garbage.’
And that’s when I just want to say, ‘Shut up, you little shit.'”
The Equilelic woman is not alone.
According to a survey published by the Trans Lifeline Foundation, one in five trans people have experienced online harassment, and a majority of trans people also said they experienced harassment in the past year.
A study published by Pew Research in February 2018 found that one in six trans people surveyed reported having been physically assaulted online.
Trans individuals have also reported having received death threats on social platforms, as well as being subjected to abuse online, according to The Daily Dot.
“We are often targeted in the online world because we are trans,” the Equivelus woman said, “and people are so hateful that they’re really afraid to say anything.
We can’t tell the difference between a friend or a family member, and so that can be incredibly dangerous.”
One of the things that makes the internet so dangerous for trans people is that it’s not just a place to talk about what it’s like to be trans online, but also the everyday harassment and harassment we face online.
“That’s what it feels like,” the women said.
It can be especially difficult to tell if a person is trans if they have never been exposed to trans-related media.
For example, the Equivocal rider, who also goes by the name Lauren, was in the process of transitioning when a woman called her a “piece of shit” and said, “[You’re] a piece [of shit] for being a trans woman.”
“That just shows you how toxic it is,” Lauren said.
While Lauren’s friend and fellow Equivocally rider Lauren also was targeted online, the woman says it was more upsetting that the harassment was coming not from people in the trans