Thanks for sharing! I am new to the site, but i loved reading this, and the replies. I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself to “look better” before i can go out, feeling the way i want to feel. I have been so afraid that, since i am so early into my journey, that if i put in my full effort and get called “sir” that i would be so simultaneously crushed and embarrassed that i just wouldn’t be able to handle it. I have always felt, i will never demand that someone who doesn’t know me reffer to me by the gendered pronouns that i would prefer, especially since gender fluidity can make it even more difficult to accurately represent someone. It would be nice if more people in society got more used to using gender neutral pronouns as the norm though.
At any rate, your story helped me to feel a little more confident on how i may act in these situations. Just be me. It may still have some sting to it for me first starting out, but… i know i will be fine… right now, i am still so scared of ignorance that results in verbal altercation… or even scarier, physical. That is another topic i will look for on here.