Great Video: After May Gay Bashing in Portland, 4,000 Join Hands
July 15, 2011 by Bryan
Back on May 22, two men in their early 20’s were walking across Portland, Oregon’s Hawthorne Bridge holding hands. While Portland is known as one of the most progressive cities in the U.S., as they walked across a group of guys began yelling slurs. As the couple reached the end of the bridge–the men attacked, leaving the two both very injured and bloody. The worst part is that on this beautiful sunny day in Portland while the runners and bikes went on by, no one stopped to help. No one even yelled at the guys to stop. As a community, Portland rose up in solidarity and in about 3 days used Facebook to organize “Hands Across Hawthorne”. Little did we all know just how many people would show up to join hands across the very bridge these two men held hands with one another right before they were attacked. We just got this video sent to us and it gave us goosebumps to watch. From such a loving gesture of affection, to a brutal attack–to then over 4,000 Portlanders coming out in the rain to support their fellow citizens. I love my city! Video below.