I've lived in this neighborhood for ten years and there have been very few incidents in which I feel unsafe. Unfortunately I have an incident that just happened to me to add to the list. It's random but I just want to give people the heads up.
I was crossing Elm at Willow this evening and was slightly in the crosswalk as the last car was going by. It was filled with guys (late teens or early twenties) and as it passed someone yelled "faggot" and threw an open cup of soda really hard into my stomach. Not only did it get soda all over me but it also hurt. And they were gone too fast for me to get the license plate number so no real sense calling the cops.
I'm actually a gay woman with short hair and I'm not sure if they just couldn't see me well and mistook me for a man or if they have their gay terms confused. Regardless, this was definitely a gay bash incident.
Has anyone else in the Davis square area had a similar experience? I mean gay bash, not being thrown in the gut with an object although I'm curious about how common that is too. Maybe I've just been lucky that it's never happened to me here before?