THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Oregon State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian: “Blocking the entire group [of transgender patrons] from visiting the P Club in reaction to rumors that the establishment ‘is a tranny bar’ is an overreaction, is unfair, and is on its face unlawful discrimination.”
I’ve been covering this story about this Portland, Oregon bar owner who booted a group of regular transgender patrons from the P-Club by leaving a message on one of the patron’s phone. That message ended up being evidence in a state civil rights investigation into the bar owner, Chris Penner’s actions against them.
It was yesterday that Avakian announced his findings. The state is to announce formal charges at a later date and set a hearing for Penner. Penner’s attorney Jonathan Radmacher has indicated that they don’t agree with the findings and that the investigation didn’t interview their witnesses.
I wrote this after the state jumped into the investigation: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/bar-under-state-investigation-for-booting-group-of-transgender-patrons-changes-name-format
This is one of the messages Penner left for a member of the group that prompted the investigation: “I’ve done some investigating why my sales are declining and there’s two things I keep hearing: People think that a) we’re a tranny bar or b) we’re a gay bar. We are neither. People are not coming in because they just don’t want to be there on a Friday night now.”
You can read more details on the whole incident here: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/state-investigates-bar-after-owner-tells-transgender-patrons-told-not-to-return/
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