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Three Gay Men in Drag Attacked, Beaten on Halloween in Portland, Oregon: VIDEO


Three gay men who were out in Portland, Oregon in drag on Halloween night were beaten, KATU reports:

It all happened around 2 a.m. along the waterfront in downtown Portland. The men - Dustin Miller, Joey Malone and Curtis Hughes - say they heard some familiar slurs from a group of about five people and then things turned violent.

One of the men kicked off his heels and used them as weapons to try to defend himself. The men say between the high heels and a cyclist passing by, the attackers got spooked enough to run off. But the three were left bleeding, banged up and wondering what had just happened.

They admit their costumes were provocative and some people might have been offended, but said they didn't expect to get beat up over it. They did file a police report, but know there is a slim chance the attackers will be caught.

Thankfully, the three men are getting a lot of support from their community, including money for dental work.


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  1. NO ONE - no matter whom they are should be assaulted in this hateful bigoted country for wearing something.....!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Nov 5, 2013 9:45:39 AM

  2. Brave AND cute...

    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 5, 2013 9:57:17 AM

  3. I'm all for the right to be who you are and wear whatever you want but the country is still very far behind.
    Some common sense is required..that goes for guys,girls anyone not just these three guys.. being aware that if you push it too far some individuals will push back just because they can. And as awful as it might sound ..I am generalizing ..not saying these guys are.. I know very often gay guys push it too far because they have a thought of "QUEER GET USED TO IT"..the country is not there yet..keep your head and avoid moments that instigate problems

    Posted by: Grant | Nov 5, 2013 9:58:18 AM

  4. Thanks GRANT for the reminder that its always the victims fault.

    Posted by: JERRY | Nov 5, 2013 10:23:50 AM

  5. Grant is being ham handed but there is some merit there. Portland is not a safe city, it is QUITE violent. I for instance, don't know any unarmed Portland women, they all have knives or pepper spray or guns.

    People think it's all hipsters and wacky fun but there is a huge and strong redneck community in that state and they are constantly rankled.

    So while they deserve no blame for wanting to be free and proud to walk down the damn street, I hope they now gain a little insight on urban self-preservation.

    Stay defiant and safe!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 5, 2013 10:29:01 AM

  6. Oh, I simply can't wait for Rick to respond to this post.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 5, 2013 10:29:25 AM

  7. Get lost GRANT. If everyone came out of the closet tomorrow, we wouldn't have these problems. It's the 'stay hidden' and 'don't make waves' mentality that allows the majority of gay people in the world to continue suffering.

    There should be a law to allow gay men to use whatever force necessary to defend themselves from homophobic attack.

    Posted by: Tristram | Nov 5, 2013 10:50:30 AM

  8. That's it boys, just skip through the beast-filled jungle giggling and shreiking with your high heels and flashing dresses and see what happens, then crybaby run your way to the big policemen when it does. You should be slapped for being stupid, not interviewed for it.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 5, 2013 10:51:12 AM

  9. Tristram, "stand your gay ground!"

    Posted by: Jamie in Las Vegas | Nov 5, 2013 10:57:27 AM

  10. Costumes are never provocative......costumes are costumes.

    It's the attacking Neanderthals who are the deviant hate filled aggressive kun*s.

    Some of these comments are of the type; 'she dressed provocatively and deserved what she got.'
    No one would say that about women so cut out the blame-the-victim sh1te .

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 5, 2013 11:16:59 AM

  11. I'll say it again, if you don't know how to, or think you won't be able to, defend yourself...learn those skills now! Good for them to use high heels as defense weapons. It's OK to fight dirty- your life depends on it!

    It doesn't matter if you are the butchest drag queen or nelliest big bear, or anything in between, you don't deserve to be beaten for being who you are.

    Learn how to protect yourself! Fight Back!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Nov 5, 2013 11:22:35 AM

  12. So much for a new gay 'mecca', scary!

    "We can actually see Marriage Equality in New Jersey from our Pennsylprejudice porch!" ~ Revs. Earl and Tim, together in love at first sight since 1976, married in Canada in 2003

    Posted by: TwoHusbandsSince1976inPennsylprejudice | Nov 5, 2013 12:01:25 PM

  13. The assault may have been anti-gay, but so was their dressing in drag. Gay men are men, not women and not crossdressers. By dressing up as women, they were sending a homophobic message. So they have something in common with the people who attacked them.

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 5, 2013 12:32:35 PM

  14. @ "Gay men are men, not women and not crossdressers. By dressing up as women, they were sending a homophobic message."

    So, you carry a flask with you to work too. I'm not the only one.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 5, 2013 12:37:47 PM

  15. Gay guys who do drag have self-esteem issues and issues with internalized homophobia. They didn't deserve to be hit, but they need to look at themselves and ask why they think they need to dress up like women.

    Posted by: JackNJ | Nov 5, 2013 12:48:29 PM

  16. Derrick - lol! Yeah I do bring a flask with me. but mine has premium vodka. Yours has an antiviral cocktail. Good luck with that!

    Posted by: Dave | Nov 5, 2013 1:32:02 PM

  17. @ Dave & JackNj; loathsome anti-gay trolls. Do you have trouble with reading comprehension? You did read the word HALLOWEEN, right? Right?!

    Posted by: StranglerFig | Nov 5, 2013 2:55:44 PM

  18. And I should kill myself for being a cowardly wimp of a man who will go to his grave being a disappointment to everyone who's ever known me.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 5, 2013 3:02:36 PM

  19. @ UFFDA; got a little tickle in your pickle, do you? You sadistic voyeur and silly troll.

    Posted by: StranglerFig | Nov 5, 2013 3:06:29 PM

  20. No, I just hate effeminate gays who dress up like girls because I'm an internet troll with no testicles and I hate seeing guys that I hate who have bigger balls than me.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 5, 2013 3:18:32 PM

  21. The attackers no doubt went to their fundamentalist church that sunday to praise their jesus that they had the courage to defend their bible based homophobia.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 5, 2013 5:07:00 PM

  22. Oh Lord...

    Posted by: Wittynamehere | Nov 5, 2013 6:21:54 PM

  23. ...and I haven't seen my penis since "Happy Days" went off the air. Too many moon pies I think.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 5, 2013 8:07:39 PM

  24. I hate what happened to them, but drag is overrated and I just don't get the appeal.

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 6, 2013 2:22:40 AM

  25. Most likely the lead attacker has his own confusions with his sexuality. Glad you guys are safe.

    Posted by: kameron | Nov 7, 2013 12:18:33 AM

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