VIDEO: 4,000 People Hold Hands Across Portland Bridge in Epic Show of Solidarity Against Anti-Gay Hate
On Sunday night, more than 4,000 people showed up to a Facebook-organized demonstration against last week's anti-gay hate crime in Portland, Oregon and held hands across the Hawthorne bridge where the attack occurred.
Earlier I reported that volunteer patrols had started in the area.
Demonstrators packed into the space beneath the west side of the bridge at about 7:30 p.m., spilling over onto the ramp and stairs to hear from the attack’s survivors, Brad Forkner and Christopher Rosevear. Afterward, the crowd filed down both sides of the bridge with hands held. Despite being tightly packed together, some attendees could not fit on the bridge.
Just Out reported the crowd was 4,000 people strong.
The protest was organized by BRO, Q Center, Cascade AIDS Project and Pride Northwest. Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini, Mayor Sam Adams, and the couple who was attacked were among those who spoke at the demo.
Watch a fantastic video from David McFatridge, AFTER THE JUMP...