June 1, 2011

Two Gay Dudes In PDX Got Beat Up And 4k People Protested

"More than 4,000 people packed Portland, Ore.’s Hawthorne Bridge Sunday night to protest anti-LGBT violence and support two gay men who were attacked there a week earlier.

The crowd included “people of all ages and identities,” reported Portland gay newspaper Just Out. They braved steady rain and held hands while crossing the bridge, which spans the Willamette River.

Brad Forkner, 23, and Christopher Rosevear, 25, had been holding hands while walking across the bridge the preceding Sunday evening. Three men who had apparently followed them attacked them from behind and began beating them. They ran away when they saw that Forkner had taken out his cell phone and was calling police. Forkner and Rosevear sustained minor injuries, and police are still seeking suspects. Particularly disturbing, the two men said, was that while there were several witnesses to the assault, no one came to their aid."

Here's more to it, thanks to the Advocate.

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