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Rose Festival/Memorial weekend gay bashings

When last year’s Pride weekend gay bashings came to my beloved city, and a place where I usually feel very safe, I was shaken. But it seems the battle is not over yet. Pride season, the heat of summer, have barely begun but already there are reports of more than one attack on a gay community member in the last couple days. This is all coming on the heels of a recent phone tree rumor warning of Neo-Nazi attacks in the area. This was never confirmed.

Reports are still sketchy, and major news sources don’t seem to have picked up on much, but local CC Slaughters DJ Robb Nelson says on the Facebook page for Red Cap Garage:

i…was walking then approached by three guys…next thing i remember i was home. hit in the face a few times, scraped up arms . i dont remember but i called someone that came and got me . my jaw is swollen and messed up a bit, but ok. the not remembering is what scares me


A meeting was to have taken place late this evening to begin organizing and dialoguing but so far no concrete news of next steps although there are suggestions of a volunteer force to walk people safely to their homes and vehicles and Red Cap promoter and community member Michael Olsen has said:

…this is going to be bigger than something thrown together in a few hours. I’m in touch with PSPI and will be getting in touch with Sam Adams, self-defense groups and others. At this point, share ideas on what we can do tonight at RCG, or send me, Andrey or Red Cap Garage a message with your ideas…

The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have sent around tips for staying safe and qPDX.com has a few more safety recommendations as well.

For a heartfelt take on the subject you can also visit the blog of local musician Logan Lynn.

The Q Center will also be holding a self-defense class in conjunction with Savory Pink Productions and One With Heart this June.

More details as they become available.

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