Even Liberal Bubbles Don’t Feel As Safe As They Used To


There’s been a lot of talk over the past week and a half about the rise in hate crimes since Donald Trump was elected president. The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that it received an alarming 437 reports of such incidents between November 9 and November 14. And those numbers don’t seem to be getting better.

Related: Community Mourns The Loss Of Tennessee Gay Man Found Brutally Murdered

People have been responding to the uptick in these attacks in a variety of ways. A growing number of Californians, for instance, have been talking about seceding from the nation. Now, we hate to burst your bubble California, but you’re not immune to bigotry or violence. Hilda Solis, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, said this week that she’s seen noticable increase in reports of “acts of hate, harassment and bullying throughout the county” since last week’s election.

Related: California, you’re not going to secede, shut up and help us fix our country

Other liberal enclaves have also seen an uptick in antigay attacks, including both New York and San Francisco. In fact, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just launched a hate crime hotline after increased reports of racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic acts in the Empire State.

The takeaway from this is pretty obvious: Hate exists everywhere. Not just in rural communities, the Deep South, or strange pockets of Middle America. It’s thriving in our nation’s biggest and most progressive cities, and the sooner we can accept this, rather than pretend like it’s not a problem where we live, the sooner we can try to fix it.

Here are just a few hate crimes that have happened in “liberal” cities across the country since Trump was elected…


Santa Cruz, CA


A UC Santa Cruz student was assaulted by three men on Friday, November 11 “because of [her] actual or perceived gender and sexuality,” school officials said. The men harassed the woman then struck her in the head with a rock as she was walking to her dorm. Paramedics treated her for minor injuries and a police report was filed.

New York, NY

State Sen. Brad Hoylman, an openly gay Democratic lawmaker from New York, says he walked out of his apartment to find someone had carved a swastika into the side of the Greenwich Village apartment he shares with his husband and daughter. An investigation is underway.

Related: Swastikas Carved Into Home Of Gay, Jewish New York State Senator Brad Hoylman

Pullman, WA


Despite living in a county and a state that voted for Hillary Clinton, two days after last week’s election, John Kraus, a student at Washington State University, found his car grafitied in anti-gay slurs.

“I think people have always felt this way,” Kraus, who filed a police report, told his student paper. “It’s always been around, it’s always existed. Trump just gave a way for people to normalize it and make it acceptable to be discriminatory toward people.”

Denver, CO


Earlier this week, a Colorado trans woman had her car spray painted with the words “Fag,” “He She,” “Tranny,” and “Die.” Denver police are currently investigating.

Related: This Trans Woman’s Car Was Vandalized, And The Community Leapt To Her Defense

San Francisco, CA

A San Francisco resident had a brick thrown through his window after hanging up a “Queers Against Islamophobia” poster.


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  • Daniel-Reader

    It’s nothing new. America is very violent – always has been unfortunately. That’s why so many cling to any attack on the 2nd Amendment as being an attack on their personal safety, especially when one considers how many elected officials wish harm on fellow Americans. It’s sad. Maybe someday it will improve.

  • Motard

    @Alistair Wiseman:

    Are you seriously trying to pass those off as “news” sites? Really? Those guys?

    Even Breitbart makes a teensie bit of an effort to appear journalistic.

  • Alistair Wiseman


    The stories are all over the internet, cupcake. Take your pick! Do you really think that the mainstream Democratic Media Complex want to report on these stories?

    Here is one of the same stories from ABC News. Happy? You know, they are the ones that have George Clintonopoulos and all those other unbiased “journalists”.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    @Alistair Wiseman: I don’t doubt there are hoaxes, especially in situations with no evidence whatsoever (e.g. the women you cite).

    But in the photos above, why would someone ruin their OWN late-model car as a hoax? That would be a pretty expensive and inconvenient hoax! Even if insurance were to cover it, it would still be damn inconvenient. Makes no sense.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    @Alistair Wiseman: And if you don’t believe the car vandalism cited here is real, how do we know the owner of the car with the Trump sticker didn’t ruin his own car as a hoax? It’s exactly the same thing.

  • DarkZephyr

    @Alistair Wiseman: Are you saying that because there have been about 27 total anti-trump related attacks so far, and a small handful of hoaxes, the 700 and growing r*cist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant are somehow OK? What is it about people like you that gets you so pissed off when hate crimes are reported? Explain this to me please.

  • Motard

    @Alistair Wiseman:

    The internet has also gifted us with groundbreaking ‘journalism’ as Lemonparty, the Time Cube, and goatse.

    Even New Media is not exempt from the silly, transparent false equivalency that you conflate and confuse with real news.

  • garthjosen

    In an affluent NYC suburb middle school in Westchester County reports of harassment toward Latino students and chants of “build the wall” in the school cafeteria have been reported. The principal has not taken any action and referred the matter to the superintendent. The superintendent has not done anything either. The teachers and other staff have proposed sending a letter home to all students about this, but were warned no to do it by the administration.

  • jjunke

    Queers against ‘islamaphobia’…… there such word? I suggest these deluded fools try living in some middle eastern muslim country ruled by some despot, oh sorry, Emirs, Princes, Kings etc and see how they are treated.

  • ErikO

    A lot of these are fake and just done by Hillary supporters or paid protesters. Southern Poverty Law Center refuses to acknowledge that there are black hate groups like black lives matter, the black panthers, NOI, etc.

  • JoeyRamone

    all these sad self-hating trolls who think that by buying into the lies that they are somehow accepted by those white male tribes. They still thing you’re a lesser man, if not an outright abomination. Jesus Saves! HAHAHAHA. Now there’s some fake-ass news.

  • Juanjo

    @Alistair Wiseman: Thank you Alastair for demonstrating your exercise in logical fallacies. I particularly enjoy the combination “it’s the others guys doing it justifies us doing it” combined with an unsubstantiated strawman. The soupcon of ad hominem was a nice touch as well.

  • Baba Booey Fafa Fooey

    Good lord. Glad I didn’t vote for Trump. If Clinton won and another Orlando style massacre (or even under Trump) happened, I would say “glad I didn’t vote for Clinton”. But, I feel the anger and pain of LGBTQ people but I did not contribute to it because I knew there was not one presidential candidate this election that had the best interest of LGBTQ people in mind.

  • ChrisK

    @Baba Booey Fafa Fooey:Yeah, that’s a great idea. Just don’t vote. That will show em. I’ve never seen anyone proud of being lazy like that.

  • ChrisK

    @Baba Booey Fafa Fooey:I will concede that to all the dumb asses that didn’t care enough to vote you don’t have a right to complain. At least your honest about that.

  • Stilinski26

    Queers against Islamophobia? lmao whats next Jews for Nazis?

  • Stilinski26

    @DarkZephyr: And isn’t it interesting there are zero evidence to prove it? at this day and age where everyone owns a smartphone yet no pictures of videos of the suspects? Its either pictures of signs sprayed on cars or some statements made on social media.

  • Baba Booey Fafa Fooey

    @ChrisK: Oh I voted. Just left the presidential section blank just like 90,000 others who did the same thing in my state – a blue state that went red. A few presidents also did the same thing, selecting “none of the above” in their respective states. Proud of my vote. There was nobody worth voting for in the presidential section this time around. Lets hope there is in 2020. If not, “none of the above again”.

  • Baba Booey Fafa Fooey

    @Stilinski26: They did exist back in the 30s. There were Americans sympathetic towards Hitler and the Nazis.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    I’m trying to arrange a sting. There’s a business refusing to sell to Muslims. He’s such a dumb sh!t that he didn’t realize she was a Mexican woman who wore a scarf to protect her ears from the cold. Cold air gives her an earache. She walked out of the backwards she was so uncomfortable. Is it legal to secretly film someone? Shall I call a reporter? Who should be called? Help me, lads. I want this guy exposed.

  • Baba Booey Fafa Fooey

    @ChrisK: I’ll complain. I voted. And, I’ll be reminding you all just how stupid your vote was.

  • Baba Booey Fafa Fooey

    @1EqualityUSA: Oh, yes. Lets come back and post here about it without naming the place, city, state, name of the owner. You’re taking this very seriously – good for you.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    BBFafaFooey, I had a reason for not wanting to give the info. I want this guy caught. duh!

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Trumpsters are really dim.

  • Baba Booey Fafa Fooey

    @1EqualityUSA: Like I said, you’re doing a great job for her. You’re a very proactive person. You’re here instead of calling the news. I like that. Good for you.

  • Brian

    Get over it, snowflakes. Trump won and that’s that.

    As for these crimes, many of them are hoaxes. The Left invents victims to support its narrative.

  • DarkZephyr

    @Stilinski26: I would find it a lot more “interesting” that hundreds of people were attacking themselves for the sake of a hoax, actually. And btw what makes you so certain that ALL of these incidents have “zero proof”? Are you not aware that many of them are actual person to person confrontations? How much more “proof” do you need than a bigot getting up in your fucking face in front of witnesses? As for recordings…you mean like this one?

    Look, you *WISHING* that there is “zero proof” doesn’t make it true. Wish in one hand and piss in the other and see which one fills up first.

  • o.codone

    Villainizing Trump voters is the exact reverse equivalent of saying all muslims are pieces of shit. And, why do I have to tell you that? Don’t you get it Queerty that you’re making a fool of yourself with drivel like this?

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Sign the faithless electoral petition at change dot org. The new goal is 6 million. On Sunday 4.5 million signed. Many have never heard of this. Faithless Elector was built into our system to rid ourselves of tyrants. Sign the petition and ask friends to join. we need only a couple of dozen to turn this election around. December 19th is when the electors turn in their votes. It’s a rare bird, but we have never had such a man run for president before.

  • Mo Bro

    Anyone else see the SNL skit about the liberal bubble? Hilarious (for the usually unfunny SNL).

    More proof the left wants to turn America into one giant safe-space where everyone agrees with them and their feewings are never ever bruised.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Better to err on the side of kindness.

  • He BGB

    That Donald Trump never said anything publicly to tell these violent rac*ists and homo*phobes to stop told them it was okay and what he wanted. That he apparently want to win at any cost. That he chose a hom*ophobe as a running mate. Pence is probably more dangerous to gay people than Trump but Trump seems to be obsessed with himself and not other human beings. He doesn’t seem to care about people unless they flatter him or are good for business or in the case if women be a 10 and have big b00bs.

  • Cajaquarius

    Part of me is happy the right is showing their true colors. This respect and reach across the aisle nonsense from the hippies of the sixties has gone on long enough. Right wingers are a clear and present danger to this country and I am happy to see that they are finally showing their true, vermin colors. Trotsky leftists like myself will soon be coming back into style to introduce these fascists heads to the pavement.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    “True colors,” is right. Incompetent colors. Embarrassing colors. Porn stars colors. (Check google images if you have a strong stomach.) Our new First Fam in the flesh? I wish the rust belt had known, though evangelicals are such hypocrites that they would have voted for him still. What a stain on the GOP wads who caved, supporting an unfit candidate. No respect for GOP. They must lose their seats over this. Last gasps. Agonal breathing, thready pulse, death pallor… 2018! New census 2020. Since Sunday, 67,337 names were added. Headlines may read, “You’re fired.” December 19th is when the electors tally their votes. We need 27 to turn this nightmare around. The newest goal for the faithless elector petition at change dot org is 6 million. Sign the petition and ask others to do so. “Faithless Elector”– the name of our next dog.

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