Portland, Oregon bar owner Chris Penner is defending himself from discrimination complaints from a customer who claims Penner told him and his companions to stay away because his business, the P Club, was beginning to get the reputation of being a "tranny" or gay bar.
KOMO News reports:
The BOLI complaint said Penner’s first voicemail said "I am going to have to ask for you and your group not to come back on Friday nights. I really don't like having to do that but unfortunately it's the area we are in and it's hurting business a lot."
In the second voice message, the complaint states Penner said "I've done some investigating why my sales are declining and there's two things I keep hearing: people think that a) we're a tranny (trans-sexual) bar or b) we're a gay bar. We are neither. People are not coming in because they just don't want to be there on a Friday night now."
Penner denies the allegations, saying that he welcomes all customers, and has a staff which is half gay and lesbian. "It’s not true,” Penner said. “We're not a homophobic bar by any means."
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The Portland, Oregon Police Bureau posted an 'It Gets Better' video on Friday:
"Several months ago, a member of the Portland Police Bureau's Sexual Minorities Roundtable shared an It Gets Better video done by the San Francisco Police Department," Sgt. Pete Simpson said. "The Portland Police Bureau Communications Unit decided to create one for Portland and the response from the LGBTQ officers was overwhelming."
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The owner of Portland, Oregon's Hollywood Bowl bowling alley doesn't like gays.
From a Towleroad reader:
I am part of a LGBT bowling league (above) in Portland, Oregon that has been a fixture in the city since the '70's. For over a decade we have called Hollywood Bowl our home alley. However, within the last couple of weeks we have watched Hollywood Bowl become increasingly unfriendly to our league.
We received notice through our league administrator that bowling leagues do not fit Hollywoods new business model and thus we are being asked to find a different alley. We were sad at the news but accepted the scenario as we were assuming that all leagues were being asked to leave. Recently, we became aware that the only leagues that were being asked to leave were the two gay leagues and a league that is administrated by two lesbians. All other leagues are being allowed to stay as they fit into Hollywood's new family friendly business model.
This has not gone over very well in the league at all. We feel really alienated as we have families too and brought a lot of revenue to the alley both during and outside league meets once a week.
UPDATE: The lane's owner Mark Frank denies the accusations to the Portland Mercury.
Our reader responds:
The timeslot offered is already taken by a smaller "straight" league. About ten or so teams. The house has started a new promotion on Sundays that would leave no room for non-league bowlers if we took the 6:30 timeslot offered. Why start a new promotion only to have the entire house filled with league bowlers? It doesn't seem legit to us as a league. And this offer was presented to us after we contacted the local media. It feels like a ploy to save face. We are a league of 26 teams with four people each. There's no way that we could be accommodated in that timeslot and the owner knows that.
Sad news for the Northwest. Portland, Oregon's LGBT paper Just Out has ceased publication:
Effective December 26, 2011, Just Out newsmagazine, serving Portland’s LGBTQ community since 1983, is no longer in business. Three years of recession have taken their toll.'
The publication's Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that I have to announce today that Just Out newspaper, having put up a helluva fight against this dammed "Great Recession", will be unable to continue publishing. Our 12/9 issue was/is our last publication. Thank you for being our "Friends" and for reading Just Out, these past 29 years...
...About the notion that Just Out will/might continue as an online version. In a word: NO.
Online versions of newspapers serve as a complement to the print edition, not a replacement for. There is not yet a model in place that can produce sufficient revenues to pay for the people who write the news. Online news doesn't just float down from the sky. To maintain credibility articles online still must ...be researched, edited, copy edited, fact checked and filtered of opinion and bias. This work is done by professional writers who merit a decent wage for their work. Revenues to pay staff comes in the form of ad sales, be it print or web. In Portland at least, there are not sufficient revenues from any newspaper web site to support expenses separate from the print issue----and nearly all of these are struggling.
The Portland Gay Men's Chorus took on Lady Gaga for the holidays.
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