Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.

Cover Story
Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in 2011 when she went looking for a wedding cake to celebrate her mother’s remarriage. The $250 raspberry fa   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gresham Bakery Must Pay $135,000 for Discriminating Against Lesbian Couple

"This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation."


Food & Drink
Well, it's officially official.According to the final ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa broke state law when it refused to serve a cake to a lesbian couple in February 2013, and owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must pay $135,000 to the victims of their discrimination.  In a strongly worded final order, BOLI writes:“This case is not about ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Few Uber Allies

Car-sharing-app company Uber does two things: grow and devour.

City Hall
Like Audrey II, the talking plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the car-sharing-app company Uber—whose troubled entry to Portland is the subject of our cover story this week—does two things: gro   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH

State Child Welfare Worker Says Her Boss Questioned Her Ability to Speak English


A child welfare staffer at the Oregon Department of Human Services filed a complaint this month with the state labor board saying she was moved out of the job she's held for 14 years when a new boss complained her English wasn’t good enough.In her complaint to the Bureau of Labor and Industries, Carmenza Gonzalez-Garcia says she told her manager in May she was being discriminated against because ...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Suspended Disbelief

A community group calls on PPS to end disciplinary practices that keep kids out of school.

Sheila Warren says she’s fed up. For years now, she and others have been asking Portland Public Schools to change the way it disciplines students who get into trouble. She’s written lett   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

More Harassment In City Hall?

An aide to Mayor Charlie Hales says chief of staff Gail Shibley discriminated against him for being HIV-positive.

News Stories
A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive a   More
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 AARON MESH

Gresham Cake Bakery That Refused Service to Gays Has Closed

Sweet Cakes by Melissa owner will bake from home


Food & Drink
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham cake shop that made headlines in February by refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, closed its storefront this weekend. An Aug. 30 entry on Sweet Cakes' Facebook page says, "This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery. [sic] I will post our new number soon. Email will stay the same"The ...   More
Sunday, September 1, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The P Club Faces State Investigation Over Alleged Discrimination Against Gays and Trannsexual Patrons

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The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says it's opening an investigation into a North Portland bar that's allegedly discriminating against gays and transsexuals. BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian issued a complaint Wednesday against the P Club, 5264 N. Lombard St. The complaint alleges that Christopher Penner, owner of P Club, called at least one regular customer and left voice mails asking the ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 KATY SWORD

Fish Identifies Apartment Owners Named in Discrimination Audit

Nick Fish

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish has released the names of the owners and managers of 26 apartment buildings where a recent audit found evidence of housing discrimination. The documents list the properties where the Fair Housing Council of Oregon audit found evidence of discrimination based on race or national origin. One document (PDF) lists specific incidents discovered by investigators, and ...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 BRENT WALTH


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