A trans woman from Denver found her car sprayed with transphobic slurs.
Amber Timmons was walking out to drive to work on Wednesday (16 November) when she found her car painted with hateful messages and swastikas.
‘Die he she,’ was sprayed on one side, ‘tranny dip’ on the other; on the hood, someone had sprayed ‘Trump!!’
‘You don’t think it’s really going to happen in Denver,’ Timmons told 12News.
‘Denver is not that kind of town. And then [it was] immediatedly followed up by fear and shock.’
‘It’s very specific to the trans community, so I’m assuming it was someone who knew of me, or someone who had been at least watching me and knew what was going on with me.’
A friend helped her clean off the paint that morning.
Timmons reported the incident to Denver Police, who canvassed the neighborhood but have yet to find a suspect.
But even though someone anonymously tried to scare her, other people in Timmons’ neighborhood set out to make her feel safe and loved again.
They left sticky notes on her car’s windows, apologizing on behalf of the vandal, expressing their love and offering their help should she ever need it.
‘We are your neighbors down the road and here to help,’ one of the notes reads.
‘Whether you need help cleaning this up or just someone to talk to. You are not alone.’
Another told her not to worry.
‘This is just the racist/homophobes getting scared of America not complying with inequality. Love & peace wins always!’
And another neighbor left a very simple message: ‘You are loved.’
Speaking to 9News’ Next With Kyle Clark, Timmons said the messages helped her, even though she doesn’t know who left them.
‘That’s an immediate boost to your spirits. It helps, it knows that people see it and that they disagree with it,’ she said.
‘Not everybody is like that.’
And Timmons also had some very kind words for the people who smeared her car.
‘I still love you, and I forgive you. It’s fear that’s driving you,’ she said.
‘We all have fear. It’s time to get over the fear and love each other.
‘We keep fighting, we don’t back down. We keep showing who we are, we keep showing the strength and the unity in numbers.
‘We keep showing love. We love everybody. That’s how you beat hate.’