When I saw this on the http://daysoftheyear.com website I thought it was celebrating the color pink and I thought cool my favorite color is being celebrated, then I saw this picture:
I thought that’s weird, why does the color pink have it’s own website and hashtag? Then I kept reading and realized it’s about bullying, transphobia and homophobia.
Now I can’t relate to being bullied about being gay or bisexual or anything like that, I can relate to being bullied for looking different because when I hit puberty I started sprouting hair in places a woman wasn’t supposed to.
My first experience with being bullied about it was from my “best friend”. I put best friend in quotes because this person wasn’t much of a friend to me because she stopped talking to me when she realized I had a moustache.
This happened in the sixth grade and it hasn’t stopped. Now I don’t get bullied by adults but children are quick to point out my moustache and embarrassing me.
The constant bullying as a kid has caused me to have trust issues, bad anxiety and to be introverted. I don’t talk to anyone unless I don’t have a choice. I watch people who have no problem interacting with other people and wish I could be more li in e them.
Hopefully one day I will be able to break out of my shell and be that person, but for now I’m content with who I am even though going out in public is a struggle.
How are you celebrating today? Have you ever been bullied for looking different? Let me know in the comments!