Unfiltered Story #44584

Hemel Hempstead, England | Unfiltered

(I have really low confidence and self esteem issues, which make me feel inadequate and self conscious quite a lot of the time. I have slowly been building up my confidence, with help, but I still get fairly nervous around people (especially strangers). My friends and I had gone clothes shopping to celebrate the end of term and I had just gone to the till to pay for a top that I had found…)

Cashier: *smiles* “Hi.”

Me: *smiles back at him* “Hi.”

Cashier: “You have a lovely smile.”

(To this cashier, if you’re reading, thank you because this really made my day and boosted my self esteem so much. I’ve never been complimented by a stranger before and it made me feel absolutely amazing, so again, thank you so much for ordinary words that had such an extraordinary effect.)

Unfiltered Story #44564

London, UK | Unfiltered

I’m a transgender man/non-binary person but due to some breathing trouble, I can’t wear a chest binder often. Not that I could wear it all day at work anyway; you’re only supposed to wear them for eight hours at the very most. The best I can do is wear sports bras, so I feel more comfortable but don’t “pass” at all.

I just started a new job, and I’m not out yet.

Coworker 1: (to Coworker 2) Ask [my name] she has it.

Me: I’m not a she.

Coworker 1: Sorry.

Me: I’m a they.

Coworker 1: *nods*

He’s been using masculine words for me ever since. It’s so affirming to be correctly gendered, and it’s so reassuring that there are good allies out there still!

Unfiltered Story #44563

Albuquerque, NM | Unfiltered

My mom and I, along with my 3 month old baby and just picked up my very pregnant sister to go shopping when the car began to make a very odd sound, pulling over we discovered a giant roofing screw sticking out. We were luckily right next to a tire shop and pulled in.

It was very hilarious to see the 5 men working that day go pale at the sight of me with a baby and my 8 month pregnant sister and our mom. They immediately ran to see what we needed, changed our tire so fast we were done in less than 15 minutes and they didn’t charge us a dime for the new tire!

I will never know if it was because they were afraid my sister would go into labor right then and there or not but we were very grateful for how fast and kind they were about everything!

Unfiltered Story #44543

London, UK | Unfiltered

I’m a transgender man/non-binary person but due to some breathing trouble, I can’t wear a chest binder often. Not that I could wear it all day at work anyway; you’re only supposed to wear them for eight hours at the very most. The best I can do is wear sports bras, so I feel more comfortable but don’t “pass” at all.

I just started a new job, and I’m not out yet.

Coworker 1: (to Coworker 2) Ask [my name] she has it.

Me: I’m not a she.

Coworker 1: Sorry.

Me: I’m a they.

Coworker 1: *nods*

He’s been using masculine words for me ever since. It’s so affirming to be correctly gendered, and it’s so reassuring that there are good allies out there still!

Unfiltered Story #44518

Denmark | Unfiltered

This happened a few years ago, I was visiting a (now ex) friend and had for one of the first time ever gotten out of town which was about 200km away from home.

Feeling very well during my stay with her, she suddenly said that I’d have to leave a day earlier than she and I had agreed upon and my train ticket couldn’t be used a day earlier. I desperately asked if I could stay another night but no. Not wanting to call my parents, I thought I would have to sleep outside that night in an unfamiliar city knowing really no one.

A stranger who I met while I was visiting had apparently heard about me being stranded, managed to calm me down and help me getting all my stuff to her parents home where I slept for the night.

We watched movies and joked about our favorite shows we had in common.

The next morning I puked the second I woke up, due to how stressful it all had been and ended up being picked up by my parents.

Her kindness and bold action has kept us friends to this day.