A train passenger who complained about a man sitting opposite him wearing a dress was just seriously schooled by the company he alerted to the ‘problem’.
On 4 August, Twitter user Gary J Cocker contacted TransPennine Express (TPE) via the social media platform:
Evening @TPExpressTrains – 'Guy' on the seat opposite me is wearing stockings and a dress – what is that all about ?? 😳
— Gas_Cooker (@Gaz_Cocks) August 4, 2016
The customer assistance team promptly replied:
Probably something to do with it being the 21st century now. As long as they have a ticket, everyone is welcome on our trains ^ZS
— TPE Customer Assist (@TPEassist) August 4, 2016
The initial tweet, and the cutting response from TPE, didn’t go unnoticed by other Twitter users:
Bahahah, schooled! Can't handle the fabulousness of people living their own lives, eh? pic.twitter.com/TK90C8CGtW
— Huld Märtha 🏳️🌈💪💀 (@Magnulus) August 4, 2016
Nicely played, TPE, nicely played
— Robert – Lord Commander of the Pacers (@PacerCommander) August 4, 2016
I love this!!!!! Fantastic response!! Sad people are still living in the stone age days
— Kevsie (@Kevsie) August 5, 2016
Cocker pleaded innocence, claiming he had merely made a “light comment”. He insisted it was “just a joke”, and seemingly continued to think it was ‘funny’ to refer to respondents as “bender boy” and “belboy”.
But those who bore witness to the event didn’t seem to share his humour. The idea that ridiculing someone because they didn’t sit with this individual’s idea of what was a “guy” was well and truly rejected.
As a lesson in tolerance this is, quite simply, fabulous.
Support the Albert Kennedy trust – helping young LGBTQ+ people in crisis.
Take action with Hope not Hate to help create a modern and inclusive Britain.
Image via Wikimedia Commons
We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support
The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.
The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.
So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.