Echoing Michelle’s comment, I think every time we step out the door it’s a potential opportunity to enlighten someone. There’s always a chance you’ll get a comment or question from someone who clearly knows nothing about us. But there’s more to it.
Personally, I’ll engage with anyone that’s not offensive. Obviously knowing what to say and how to say it is necessary.
The non-verbal message we convey is just as important. Dress to blend in. If you look respectable most people will respect you. Being overdressed or dressed like a tart will do the opposite. If you look like a freak that’s how people will treat you. Once that impression has been made, it’s very difficult to dispel. And that’s the last thing we need.
Every time you walk out the door you’re an ambassador for the community. Own it!