This footage is horrific.
What makes transphobia, homophobia, or any kind of bigotry difficult to deal with is the fact that it is often passed down from generation to generation, as parents set examples for their children and teach them close-minded behaviors. Even though it’s generally more subtle and subversive, this distressing video shows that sometimes bigoted actions can be pretty in your face.
A transgender man on a London train captured footage of two women verbally abusing him and inviting their children to watch, making it pretty apparent that some people just don’t understand how to set a good example.
Out of Nowhere
Even though the victim, a London man named Naith Payton, didn’t capture the beginning of the event on video, he reported that the women came onto the train and were immediately cursing and being inappropriate while their own daughters were present. Naith asked them to stop cursing, and they completely exploded.
The argument very quickly turned to personal attacks. The women began calling him incredibly offensive comments, still while the young girls were present.
Payton shared the details of the event on Facebook. He wrote that the worst of what the women called him (not caught on camera) was “f****t,” a “f***ing gay boy,” and a “boy with tits.”
He added that the women even encouraged their own children to get in on the bullying. He wrote: “they told their children that the funny noises the tube was making was because of that bad man over there. Go on, shout at him and tell him he’s bad.”
The Video in Question
It’s hard to understand just how terrible these women are without watching the video for yourself, so… Watch the video here.
Along with the video, Naith said:
“Think I’m just about ok to talk about what happened last night and to share it. The video might be upsetting to some people.
“Last night I got abused and threatened by these two women.
“When they got on the train, they were swearing, and using slurs, and there were some children on the train, including their own. One of them, the blonde woman, was repeatedly yelling ‘You f***ing prick’ down the phone, while her daughter was sitting in her lap.
“I asked them to stop swearing, since there were kids around, and they turned on me.
“I didn’t get the worst of what they said on camera, but it was very homophobic and transphobic […] They also consistently misgendered me, as you can hear in the video.”
It shows that for some people, gender identity is all they see. Even though strides have been made in the transgender community, this video shows that many close-minded people still view transgender individuals as lesser than.