I think I've had my first proper case whereby my appearance caused a reaction in someone on the street.
Before we left Yeovil, yesterday, to come to Bristol I need to pay a visit to the little girls room. We'd been out for lunch and I decided that I wasn't going to use the facilities in Pizza Hut as the place was crowded and I didn't want to have to use what I know is small washroom. I also didn't want to go all the way back home before setting off again. The compromise was to stop off at one of the public conveniences in the town centre that is next to a car park.
A five minute drive saw us at the car park and Rhys and I made our way to the toilets. They are all individual with some being unisex, some being for disabled, some having baby changing facilities, some being women's and some men's.
I popped into one of the unisex toilets while Rhys disappeared into a men's.
Coming out I assumed that Rhys would have made his way back to the car and so started walking back.
As I was doing so I heard "Good God!". Turning I found a guy staring at me as he was heading to the toilets himself.
For some reason I'd shocked him, I can only assume that he'd realised that I was a transgender female and couldn't help vocalising his shock for anyone to hear. I couldn't be certain that was why of course and with needing to get back to the car so we could set off I didn't have the time to stop and ask if he'd been talking to me.
Of course his shock was probably as great as mine, there I was walking back to the car minding my own business when this scruffy guy with a beard and the appearance of a trainspotter (I apologise to any trainspotters reading this post) comes out with a comment that could only be addressed at me.
I have a feeling that this is the second time my appearance has caused a verbal reaction from someone but I can't be totally sure. This time though I'm sure.