PORTLAND -- Police are investigating a recent attack in downtown Portland as a hate crime against a lesbian woman.
Kayla Stone, 21, reported being attacked by a group of men and women sometime after 1 a.m. on July 3, near SW3rd Avenue and W Burnside Street. Stone's story was first reported by Just Out, an online blog and news magazine.
This was the third bias crime attack in the Portland area in the past three months. It was also the main topic of discussion at a Sexual Minorities Roundtable Tuesday at the Justice Center in Portland. The roundtable meets the second Tuesday of every month, with the goal of making it easier for victims of these kinds of crimes to come forward.
Mayor Sam Adams said bigotry and hate will not be tolerated in Portland.
The issue is really trying to have the community step up so anybody that considers violence realizes the police will be called, that they are going to be reported, said Danni Rosen, a representatives with the roundtable.
Meantime, Stone told KGW she had seen the same group the night before, when they called her a derogatory word. She said they attacked her when they saw her the next evening.
Ididn't call them any words I'm strongly against hate, violence of any sort, Stone said. ...I just looked right and kaboom, boom, boom.
Stone--a musician and gay youth activist--said the group ran off and she sought help at a nearby club.
She suffered cuts and bruises to her face and the side of her head, but none of the injuries were serious. Stone said she clearly saw at least one of her attackers and described him as a Latino man with a tattoo of a teardrop under one of his eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Warren at 503-823-3761.