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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hate Rears its Ugly Head in Oregon Coast Town

On Sunday, a gay couple from Seattle was brutally attacked by four individuals in the Oregon Coast town of Seaside.

While the two men, both nursing students from Washington State, walked on the beach, they were jumped by four individuals. Before being beaten unconscious by the group, the two men were subjected to homophobic slurs.

The Seaside police have confirmed that the assault was a hate crime due to the victims' sexual orientation and the fact that the attackers used homophobic slurs while beating the two men. The attackers, three males and one female, still have not been caught.

The Seaside police are looking for assistance from the community in finding the suspects. According to the Daily Astorian,

  • The female is described as heavy-set about 30 years old with a black pony tail, gray sweat pants and a matching sweatshirt.

  • The woman’s boyfriend is in his 20s, husky, and has a shaved head that appeared to be growing out and possibly had a goatee. He wore a green shirt, possibly a track jacket.

  • The third male was in his mid-20s who wore a gray hoodie and gray Carhart-type

  • The fourth male had a pale complexion and wore his hair in a long
    black frizzy pony tail.

  • Those with information about the identity of these four individuals are asked to call the Seaside Police Department at (503) 738-6311.

    Individuals who wish to stand up in solidarity with others against this hateful act should contact the Sarah Loose at the Rural Organizing Project at (503) 543.8417 or by email to



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