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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


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


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


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. 

Portland, Oregon Cabbie Who Kicked Gay Couple Out of Taxi Loses Permit: VIDEO


In late July, Towleroad reported that Kate Neal and Shanko Devoli, a gay Portland couple, were kicked out of a cab along with another friend on a dark interstate highway near Portland. The couple claimed that the driver saw them get affectionate and threw them out.

NealA second cab showed up and kicked them out after calling the other driver, they said.

KGW reports that the first cab driver has now lost his permit:

The City of Portland Regulatory Division said Wednesday that Ahmed Egal's license would be permanently revoked because he failed to get his customers to their destination safely.

Egal said he stopped the car and called 911 because the women were being abusive.

"These people are real, real drunk. And so mean," he said during the 911 call. "And I'm getting tired of it. They want to jump out of the car."

Egal said the women got out of the vehicle and he waited as another Broadway Cab driver arrived. After speaking with Egal, that driver also refused to give them a ride.

Investigators said the incident violated city code, but added that discrimination was not a factor in the decision to revoke Egal's permit. Broadway Cab was fined $1,000.

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