If you saw a transgender person walking down the street, what would you do?
In a perfect world, most people would continue on their way. They're just another person you're sharing the sidewalk with. But as a new video called "American Reflexxx" reveals, that is not always the case.
Filmmaker Alli Coates and performance artist Signe Pierce discovered this brutal truth after filming an hour walking through the streets of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Pierce dressed in "stripper garb," and a mirror mask, posing as she goes. The two say they agreed to not communicate until the hour-long walk was over.
The video shows their walk starting out with lots of stares, uncomfortable faces and an awkward (presumably) drunk man.
But their "social experiment" quickly gets ugly.
A crowd begins to form and people whip out their phones.
Pierce is tripped.
And then full-out shoved.
Pierce and Coates have been contacted for comment.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with the Trans People of Color Coalition, released a survey that found within the first two months of 2015, at least seven transgender women had been murdered in the U.S. And 72 percent of LGBT community homicide victims in 2013 were transgender women.
After she was shoved to the ground, only one person stepped in to make sure she was OK.
"The result is a heart wrenching technicolor spectacle that raises questions about gender stereotypes, mob mentality, and violence in America," the creators wrote in the video's description.