“They were so disrespectful and so offensive, so they were making fun of me,” said Lee.
“I thought it was a bit much.
I was going through a very difficult time.”
“I felt really vulnerable and scared and really uncomfortable,” she said.
Lee has since launched a Change.org petition asking for the hashtag #ItsNotGone, which has been signed by more than 8,000 people.
“They were taking a really cheap shot,” she told the BBC.
She has been inundated with messages of support from people all over the world.
The hashtag is also used on Facebook.
Lee’s experience was not the first time someone has been bullied for being gay or transgender.
Last year, British gay journalist David Mowat was attacked in his hotel room by a man in a black hoodie who said he wanted to “slaughter the British gay community”.
Mowat told the Huffington Post UK that he was “deeply disturbed” by the attack and that he and the other guests who were with him were “extremely shaken”.
“There were no signs of physical violence or threats,” he said.
“We were all terrified that someone would come to our room and get our pictures.”
The attackers were eventually arrested, but Mowatt said they have since been released on bail.
It is not known if Lee’s attackers will be charged.
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