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Portland Teens Carve Swastika into Schoolmate's Forehead, Say He Called Someone 'Gay': VIDEO

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Dustyn Murrain (above) experienced a harrowing ordeal last week when he was attacked and tortured in a shed by four peers, two of whom he claimed as friends. Murrain was beaten in the head with a crowbar, received shots to the chest and groin with a BB-gun, and then had a swastika carved into his forehead, likely by Blue Kalmbach, a student who claims that Murrain bullied them (by calling one of them 'gay') first.

TeensDustyn's mother, Kelli Murrain, has said that whether her son bullied the four teens or not--she does not believe that he did--his verbal harassment should never have constituted such extreme physical backlash.

KATU.com reports:

"I've been called lots of names and I never went out and shot anybody or beat them in the head with a crowbar," [Kelli Murrain] said.

Murrain says her son had emergency surgery Monday night for the BB shot that went through his groin area. He has staples in his head from getting hit with a crowbar...
 
It's a cold indifference Kelli Murrain finds difficult to fathom.
 
"These kids threw away their lives and they don't even get it," she said. "They don't understand what they did. They're still making excuses. It's like OK ... maybe you'll get it when you're sitting in jail."
 
Another student, Curtis Floyd Wilkinson from David Douglas High School, came forward to speak out against Kalmbach as well, claiming that he was friends with Kalmbach until he began to bully him by kicking the backs of his legs while walking down the school hallway. Wilkinson spent time in a psychiatric ward for severe depression, and he links Kalmback to that stint.
 
"The bullying thing at school can get really really bad and people should probably know about it. This should not go unnoticed and should really be looked at," Wilkinson said.
 
Murrain, still rattled about his experience, will have both mental and physical scars to remind him of his torture.
 
"Why they would carve a swastika in his forehead? It's something he'll never forget, if the scar doesn't go away; every time he looks in the mirror he's going to be reminded of what happened to him," [his mom] said.

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Woman Found Guilty In Attack On Gay Couple Walking Pink Poodle

Towleroad previously reported on the case of Portland-area gay couple David Beltier and Jeremy Mark, who were attacked while taking their pink poodle, Beauty, for a walk last March. Now, a verdict has been reached for one member of the husband-wife duo of assailants, though the charge is far less severe than it could have been. 

140129_saraya_sophia_lisa_gardner_405KATU.com reports:

The jury of 12 people found Saraya Sophia Lisa Gardner guilty on one count of obstruction of justice.

Her husband, 23-year-old George Allen Mason Jr. is accused of striking a gay man with a crowbar and hurling gay slurs at him March 1. The attacked happened at 185th and Evergreen next to a busy strip mall...

Gardner's attorney, Thomas Coan, said after the verdict that he and his client were a little bit surprised and disappointed by the verdict.

"We think the government didn't have the evidence necessary to prove Ms. Gardner's intent in this case," he said, adding that he believes some of the evidence presented in the case tainted the jury.

"There was evidence of homophobic slurs that we didn't think was relevant that could have tainted the jury or prejudiced the jury against Ms. Gardner," he said.

Beltier previously reported that he was "happy to be alive," and the trial for George Mason Jr., the physical assailant in this case, will likely begin soon.


Two Men Attacked in Brutal Anti-Gay Hate Crime at Oregon Hot Springs: VIDEO

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Two men were beaten at Bagby Hot Springs outside Portland, Oregon between midnight and 1 am on the morning of Tuesday, December 2, PQ Monthly reports. The attack happened after Portland-area resident Mik Holland and a friend engaged two men in conversation and the subject of sexual orientation came up.

WoundHolland and his friend were then attacked and bludgeoned with an industrial flashlight before the attackers fled. The men were transported to an area hospital where Holland received 15 stitches.

KGW reports:

Mik is bisexual, his friend is gay. “It left me feeling uncomfortable…where the conversation was going,” Holland said.

Holland said he left the tubs and only came back when he thought the men were gone, but they soon returned.
“When I turned my head, that’s when he took a flashlight and hit me over my head three times,” Holland said.

The attackers were said to have Eastern European accents.

The suspects have been described as a 27-year-old white male with short blond hair, 5 ft., 7 in., tall and 180 lbs. His name may be Alex. The second suspect is 6 ft., 1 in., tall male about 200 lbs. His name may be Jay.

The police have the flashlight and are analyzing it.

Said Lieutenant Robert Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to PQ Monthly:

“Talking about it in plain speech, this was a hate crime. However, while  do have a hate crime [classification] — Intimidation — the officer wrote it up [in the police report] as assault in the second degree. Assault in the second degree carries heavier fines and penalties than intimidation in the first degree, which may have been why the officer listed those charges.” Lieutenant Wurpes notes that, if they are able to find the suspects, the District Attorney will be able to tack on more charges, possibly including Intimidation.

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Gay Man Survives Freak Lumber Accident, Hopes God Sends Him a Boyfriend: VIDEO

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A Portland, Oregon man is lucky to be alive after a freak car accident involving a shaft of lumber that pierced his vehicle.

Said Comstock: "I lived through something I shouldn’t have ... divine intervention is the only thing I can say because my hand shouldn't be attached, neither should my head...I told God, if he's going to save me from death from this and he doesn't send me a boyfriend, I'm going to call a party foul.”

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

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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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Portland Trail Blazers Become First NBA Team to Support Marriage Equality

Trail BlazersLate last week, the Portland Trail Blazers lived up to its name, becoming the first NBA team to formally endorse a marriage equality campaign. When asked Friday about Oregon United For Freedom's November 2014 ballot initiative that would overturn the state's 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, the team had this to say:

"The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people."

The Portland Mercury, the paper that broke the story, says that the Trail Blazers have also become the first team from the "big four" professional leagues (basketball, baseball, football, hockey) to formally endorse a marriage equality ballot measure.

The team's statement followed similar endorsements by Portland's Timbers and Thorns soccer teams. 


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