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Drag Race UK star Pixie Polite revealed that a man threatened her life and “verbally attacked” her at a London bus stop.
On 25 August, the beloved talent took to Twitter to recount the terrifying incident.
“Hello all, last night I was verbally attacked & had threats made on my life by a middle aged white man in the Kennington area of London. I was alone at night in an area I didn’t know, with several items of luggage,” she wrote.
“And yes I know this is not an ideal situation. But sometimes things are beyond your control. The bus I was on terminated unexpectedly and I was the last/only passenger to alight.
“This man – middle aged & clearly drunk – approached me at the bus stop & tried to engage me in conversation, during which he called myself and others various slurs.”
Pixie went on to say that after ordering an Uber and making numerous attempts to distance herself, the man started to become extremely aggressive.
“He began to loom over me as I sat in the bus stop and his body & verbal language became incredibly confrontational,” she continued.
“He made several threats against my life, and also threatened to stab me with a whisky bottle he had in his hand.”
Fortunately, the 31-year-old performer revealed that she ended up standing her ground and challenged the man back – which resulted in him retreating.
“My fight or flight told me I couldn’t run, so I was ready to fight this man to protect myself. Thankfully it didn’t come to that,” she said.
⚠️ TW:// Hate Crime, homophobia, Violence ⚠️ A THREAD (1/9)
Hello all, last night I was verbally attacked & had threats made on my life by a middle aged white man in the kennington area of london. I was alone at night in an area I didn’t know, with several items of luggage […]
— Pixie Polite (@PolitePixie) August 25, 2023
“The whole thing last about 5 minutes. And I was lucky. Very lucky.
“But I can’t help but think how the situation could have ended differently, especially after the Clapham stabbings & the general rise in verbal & physical abuse we increasingly experience daily as queer people.”
Towards the end of her statement, Pixie thanked her followers for their support before advocating for other queer and trans people who have experienced similar situations.
Pixie’s terrifying experience joins the growing number of anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes within the UK.
On 15 August, two men were stabbed in a homophobic attack on Clapham High Street.
Due to the severity of their injuries, the two men were taken to the hospital and were later discharged.
Back in June, Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne revealed that she was the subject of a homophobic attack at a McDonald’s in Liverpool.
Lastly, Brianna Ghey, a trans teenager from Birchwood, was tragically murdered in February in a suspected hate crime.
According to local police, the 16-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds.
In addition to the aforementioned incidents, recent data from the Home Office reported that a total of 155,841 hate crimes were recorded by police in the year ending March 2022 – a 26% increase from the previous 12 months.