A goth who is in the middle of transitioning genders has revealed how she gets hounded with abuse by people who have called her a “freak” and a “dirty tranny”.

Since the age of nine, Andi Sinyard, who lives in a west Hull block of flats, has felt trapped in the wrong body and is due to undergo gender reassignment surgery so she can live life as a woman.

However, her gothic dress sense has made her a target for cruel jibes from some people living in the area, who have gone to extreme lengths to make her feel uncomfortable in her own home.

The 42-year-old, who has kept logs of each incident she has reported to Humberside Police, said she has been attacked outside her home and labelled a “dirty tranny” as well a “freak” who needs “beating up”.

'I expect to be beaten up and abused'

Andi says she expects to be beaten up
Andi says she expects to be beaten up

“I’ve been assaulted down the street and outside my front door by one person and I didn’t know what his problem was,” Andi said.

“He targeted me because I am transgender and if things weren’t bad enough, I now have to put up with name calling when I already suffer from anxiety and mild depression.

“I get called a ‘f*****g tranny’ and all the rest of it and it does make me nervous and it has got to the point where I expect abusive comments or to be beaten up. I’m always wondering what will happen next.”

Andi’s troubles began when one of her abusers allegedly threatened to stab her and used horrific transphobic language towards her.

She says she acquired an injunction against him but her woes are still continuing with a number of others still keen to verbally attack her because of the way she looks.

Andi's defiance

“I’m not sure if it’s some kind of revenge but there’s still name calling with them mostly calling me a freak. It’s not nice but if that is the way they want to be without facing me or having a conversation, I couldn’t give a monkeys.

The 42-year-old said she 'doesn't give a monkeys' about what her neighbours think
The 42-year-old said she 'doesn't give a monkeys' about what her neighbours think

“I don’t like it and it is annoying, and I was going to move by September but I live here and I don’t see why I should move when I’m not the one being a problem.

“I’ve tried to talk to some of these people and all I’ve ever got is snide, sarcastic comments. If they were to approach me and actually wanted to talk to me then I would have a conversation with them but it is not genuine.

“My dress sense does not determine my biological sex. It is just preference and I still dress as a goth.”

LGBT hate crime is on the rise

Recent figures from the Home Office have shown a worrying rise in the levels of hate crime against the LGBT community in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Andi said she understands the police's difficulties in gaining evidence to prosecute those committing hate crime against the LGBT community
Andi said she understands the police's difficulties in gaining evidence to prosecute those committing hate crime against the LGBT community

Between April 2017 and March 2017, the force dealt with 37 incidents of this nature as opposed to 25 in the same period the year prior.

Andi says the figures do not surprise her given the campaign of abuse she is currently enduring but she understands how difficult it is for the police to prosecute guilty parties.

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She said: “I’ve reported it all but it comes down to having the evidence. The figures don’t surprise me and I understand when people say they can’t do anything because they need more evidence.

“I know from personal experience that the police will look into things if you report them.”

'Don't suffer in silence'

Humberside Police are keen to tackle LGBT hate crimes
Humberside Police are keen to tackle LGBT hate crimes

Sergeant Nick Bunker from Humberside Police’s Community Safety Unit said the force is aware of the incidents reported to the police by Andi.

He said: “A bespoke engagement plan is already in place for Miss Sinyard. She is being supported by a community cohesion officer as well as the local council who have put measures in place themselves to reduce any vulnerabilities. Victim Support are also working with her.”

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Sgt Bunker said the force takes LGBTQ hate crime and hate crime of any sort “extremely seriously” and vowed that the force will act on any reports give to them.

He said: “We want people to come forward, speak out and tell us about any incidents. The more we know, the more we can do.

“Crimes like these are extremely personal in nature and target the very core of people’s identity. Our priority is to support and protect vulnerable victims, but we also work to educate offenders.

“Please don’t suffer in silence.”

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