Author Alok Vaid-Menon Opens Up About Being Attacked On A Melbourne Tram 

“How can we say that we’re a democratic nation with equal rights when gender non-conforming people live in existential terror every day?”

Alok Vaid-Menon is an American author, poet, and public speaker who visited Australia this year to speak at sold-out shows across the country. 

But this was not the first time Alok had been down under. Speaking on It’s A Lot with Abbie Chatfield, Alok revealed they were physically attacked on a Melbourne tram during their first visit, and no one did anything to help. 

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“Some stranger punched me in the face. No one on the tram did anything, and he said, ”m OK with gay people but you’re too much’… I wanted to come back to show the world, you can’t get rid of people like me.”

Take a listen to the full interview below: 

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