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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.

Just Out reports:

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...

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  1. Power of people!

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 31, 2011 2:38:11 PM

  2. Strange, I heard nothing about this until afterwards.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | May 31, 2011 3:39:43 PM

  3. Beautiful.

    Posted by: Max | May 31, 2011 9:50:56 PM

  4. This makes much more sense than actually doing something about the problem.

    Posted by: bob | May 31, 2011 11:17:23 PM

  5. I was there! And I fail to see how this doesn't count as doing something about the problem.

    Posted by: Jeff K. | May 31, 2011 11:34:05 PM

  6. That was one of the most beautiful protests I've seen. I have tears of joy seeing that video. Wow! People of all types just showing up in solidarity.

    And to think that Facebook is just a social media that keeps people at their PC.

    So not true. These people with so much LOVE just demonstrated that.

    Posted by: FunMe | May 31, 2011 11:47:39 PM

  7. 1) Those who gay 'bash' are watching this and laughing at the 'b*tch-a* f*ggotz. And if the attackers were non-white, the 'b*tch-a**' white mofuks.

    2) If anyone didn't know where to go 'bash' gay men, they know now.


    Learn to defend yourself, fight back, and be aware of your surroundings and the people in your surroundings at all times. And don't be PC when it comes to your personal safety. You'll end up beat up, robbed, maybe murdered.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 1, 2011 9:47:19 AM

  8. The 'bashers' are allegedly 'Eastern European' looking [acting?] and white, according to one source. They're siting at home laughing at all this.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 1, 2011 10:19:49 AM

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