A queer woman fought back against a homophobe in a way that’s tearing LGBT Twitter apart

Josh Milton November 8, 2019
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A queer woman responded to an alleged homophobe in a way that Twitter can't agree on. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

A queer woman responded to an alleged homophobe in a way that Twitter can't agree on. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Picture it: You’re going about your day, shopping for groceries, when you become the victim of a hate crime from a homophobe.

What would you do?

This hypothetical scenario became a reality for Toronto-based Alyssa, and her way of dealing with it has divided Twitter.

In the wild tale which has amazed as much as it has appalled, Alyssa, 21, allegedly stole the bag from a woman who played a role in sending her to conversion therapy camp, she claimed, and used the money to pay for her rent.

Wait, what?

While at a superstore shopping for Addreall, she bumped into a woman who was a regular church-goer in the town where her second foster family lived.

Alyssa was kicked out of her birth family’s house after they discovered she was gay.

However, the woman, according to Alyssa, suggested that she be sent to a conversion therapy camp – a widely debunked and traumatic practise – after she and Alyssa’s foster family found out she was a lesbian.

Around five years since this, she bumped into her in the superstore aisles earlier this week, Alyssa alleged.

She told PinkNews that the woman “came out of nowhere” and allegedly said to her: “‘Oh, dear. It’s you, isn’t it?'”

According to Alyssa, the woman “started spewing hatred, like, ‘I really thought the days in that camp will fix your illness’ and then called me a ‘lesbian slut’ and just started to trigger me with, ‘all the gays are horrible’.”

“I fully had a panic attack,” she continued, “I went to the washroom and cried for a full moment.”

Queer woman used the ‘homophobe’s’ money to save for college and pay for rent.

But while in the stalls, she had a thought: “You have to do something, girl, fight back.”

And she did. She “snatched [the woman’s] purse, secured the bag, took the coin, and walked out.

“Never looked back.”

To Alyssa, she thought she could either “expose [the woman’s] unseasoned a** on Twitter” or “take something from her as a cost of the pain she’s caused me”.

Moreover, after allegedly grabbing the woman’s belongings, she later threw away her identification cards into an “abandoned Target store and went out, threw it there and took the money home and paid my rent.

“Took a sigh of relief, took my Adderall, showered, moisturised – your girl was living the life,” she added.

Back home, Alyssa reflected on her actions and went back to the shuttered Target and claimed she retrieved the woman’s IDs, “and posted it to her along with a list of charges I can stack against her and how much sentence she’ll have to live through” on account of what she has done to Alyssa in the past.

“The rent is payed. I’m feeling fresh, I’m feeling free and I saved a good amount for college.”

‘Legend’ or ‘criminal’: Twitter struggles to decide whether Alyssa is in the right. 

Alyssa’s actions fractured Twitter.

Many celebrated her act of defiance, while others decried her resorting to theft and identity theft to tackle homophobia.

From “legend” to the rallying cry of “be gay, do crime” hundreds of users took to Alyssa’s side in the debate.

While Alyssa had a response to the criticism she faced in her mentions:

Some users shared that Alyssa could have “educated” the woman, rather than doing what she claimed.

To that approach, she said: “I’m not responsible for educating people or for being the bigger person. I’m responsible for MY life.

“I’m not gonna spend it trying to get validation from people who want me dead, or who want to hurt me.”

Alyssa implored for people to consider their own privilege when assessing her reaction to discrimination, something which everyone experiences and handles differently depending on their gender identity, race, class and able-bodiedness.

“Just a week ago, I found a plastic bag filled with pee with a note attached to it that said ‘medicine prescription for a dyke’,” Alyssa claimed.

“I’m a kind person, but there’s a line.”

‘Fighting back is not sending us back.’

Nevertheless, users questioned whether “committing a crime” was a valid response to homophobia and several claimed to have reported her to the city authorities.

But Michelle’s critique of Alyssa’s action, that she has sent the LGBT+ rights movement “back several users”, became front and centre of the firing rage, with fellow queer users sharing their thoughts on why they disagreed with her opinion:

As a user called Izz said: “Fighting back is not sending us back… shaming and fighting with those who are fighting the fight sure does, though.

“Why not lend a hand instead of tearing her down?”

And Alyssa added: “I’m not perfect or the best human being, but I’m trying to be better.

“That’s what matters to me.”

More: Canada, Homophobia, Twitter

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