Transgender hate crime victim speaks out

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Portland Hate Crime
Portland Hate Crime
Atlas / katu.com

Atlas and her friend who is also transgender say they were attacked by a group of men on West Burnside Street in Portland around 2:30 a.m. on September 12, 2019.

She says she and her friend approached a group of men for a cigarette near the food carts off in the 300 block of West Burnside Street at around 2:30 a.m. on September 12. Atlas claims one of the men started to target her.

“Very quickly you could tell that he had noticed that I am trans. He started calling me all kind of slurs and homophobic and transphobic things,” said Atlas. “He just got more and more escalated and continued to say more and more things that were very much like hate speech. Then he started to approach me. Then he and his friend attacked me.”

Police told KATU 2 that this incident has bias crime elements and it’s under investigation. They’re asking anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with video evidence to contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0416 and reference Case #19-314989.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender

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