The Reddit subthread, Am I The A**hole |(AITA) has provided some good reading on a topic that still gets a lot of people into heated debate.
#1. Cosplayer and Prop Maker Comes Out
The original poster is a cosplayer and prop maker who recently came to terms with their gender identity as gender-fluid.
#2. Embracing Feminine Fashion Choices
While they were assigned male at birth, they have begun to present as feminine in public, with a particular love for Renaissance Fair-style dresses.
#3. Neighbors Say Their Children are Confused
However, their fashion choices have caused concern among some of their neighbors, who have approached them with comments about how their outfits confuse their Christian children.
#4. Tensions Rise as Neighbor Suggests Dressing in Private
One neighbor suggested the individual stop wearing dresses in public.
#5. Not Backing Down
In response to these comments, the individual reacted angrily and told the neighbor to “f*** off.”
#6. Responding to Criticism: Doubling Down on Fashion Choices
Rather than ceasing to wear dresses, they have doubled down on their fashion choices and now wear apron dresses frequently in public.
#7. Police Called for Provoking Neighbors
As a result, their neighbors have called the police on them, claiming the individual is trying to provoke them.
#8. The Police are Taking Sides
While loading props into their car for a show, the police arrived and spoke to the individual, suggesting their behavior was only worsening matters.
#9. Balancing Self-Expression with Respect for Others
OP is now grappling with whether they were in the wrong.
#10. Challenges of Gender Identity in a Conservative Community
While they have every right to express their gender identity through their fashion choices, they may have gone too far in provoking their neighbors.
#11. Redditors are Pushing Back Against Hateful Neighbors
They asked Redditors what they thought about the situation.
Redditors overwhelmingly sided with OP. One user said, “f*** the police, you’re not the a**hole.”
#12. Finding Acceptance and Safety
Some Redditors even suggested taking safety precautions against their neighbors.
One user said, “People can get scary, so maybe consider some safety precautions and maybe cameras OP.”
What would you do? Do you think OP is going too far?
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