I've been called various degrading names for as long as I can remember, my appearance is the main target it would seem. Recently I've been called 'faggot' quite a bit, by complete strangers. Based on how short my hair is, the way I dress appropriately by weather, and the simple fact of having rainbow musical notes on my back pack.
I cut my hair because I wanted to try something new, and I ended up liking how it looked on me.
I happen to wear clothes that cover up my body, just by chance, and refuse to wear a tiny mini skirt, a tube top, and high heels I can't even walk in on a cold winter's day.
I have a rainbow back pack because it was on sale, and yes, I'lll be honest, to represent some pride but mostly because I liked it best.
Some individuals should know by now that the human race is far more complex then they're leading themselves on to believe. :]