Portland bartender convicted of hate crime for 'misgendering', confronting male who used women's bathroom

Cassie McIntyre, 40, was found guilty of second-degree bias crime and harassment for misgendering and physically confronting a trans-identified biological male for using the women's restroom.

A Portland bartender has been found guilty on hate crime and harassment charges for misgendering and physically confronting a trans-identified biological male who had been using the women's restroom.

On Wednesday, Multnomah County Circuit Court found Cassie McIntyre, 40, guilty of second-degree bias crime and harassment following a two-day jury trial. Judge Christopher Marshall sentenced McIntyre to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service, per the Oregonian.

McIntyre was accused of "misgendering" and physically shoving 35-year-old Riis Larsen, a trans-identified biological male and self-described Marxist who uses pronouns that include she/her/hers/theirs, during a confrontation that turned physical at the Sellwood bar on Dec. 27, 2022.

McIntyre, a bartender at Sellwood bar, had just completed her shift and sat down to have a drink when she reportedly heard patrons complaining that Larsen had cut in line to use the women's single-stall restroom and pushed other patrons in the process, court documents show.

Larsen testified in court on Tuesday that she was physically confronted by McIntyre upon exiting the women's restroom. Larsen claimed that McIntyre had cornered her and told her that she "was a man" and needed to use the men's restroom.

Larsen said that she attempted to explain her "gender identity" to McIntyre but was shoved by the bartender and told to "get out."

Pictured: Riis Larsen

Video surveillance footage from inside the establishment showed McIntyre shoving Larsen but did not pick up audio.

Screenshot of surveillance video footage showing that confrontation that was presented in court. Photo credit: The Oregonian

McIntyre testified that she did not understand that she had been "misgendering" Larsen and had to look up the definition of transgender in the dictionary. The defendant did not deny pushing Larsen and asserted that she had just been "making space."

"I wasn't trying to misgender her — I had to look up what transgender was in the dictionary," said McIntyre, according to the Oregonian. "We were just arguing over spilt milk."

Larsen told the court that she left the establishment in tears and called 911 later that night.

R.J. Stangland, another patron who was inside the bar during the incident, testified as a witness and claimed that he heard McIntrye repeatedly use the wrong pronouns for Larsen and overheard her saying that Larsen should not be allowed to use the women's restroom.

Pictured: Riis Larsen

Prosecutor Charlie Weiss, who was appointed by controversial District Attorney Mike Schmidt as the district's bias crimes prosecutor in 2023, argued the case on behalf of Multnomah County.

During closing arguments, Weiss told the jury that Larsen "is scrutinized in a different way than most of us in our day-to-day lives are scrutinized. People sometimes express disagreement not with what she says, or what she does, but who she is."

It has been revealed that Portland prosecutors file more hate crime charges than any other district in the state.

In Oct. 2022, Multnomah County received an $800,000 federal grant from Biden's Department of Justice to ensure hate crimes are consistently referred to the District Attorney's Office for investigation and prosecution, according to USAspending.gov.

The Post Millennial obtained a copy of the state of Oregon's arrest warrant for McIntyre, which uses aggressive terminology.

A glimpse into Larsen's social media accounts reveal that she has far-left ideologies. Larsen self-describes herself in her profile bio as a "queer demi binary trans woman" who is both anti-capitalist and anti-racist.

In addition, Larsen says that she is a "catgirl horny doll bimboscholar polyamorous artist." Larsen also claims to be a "marxist trans carpentress."

McIntyre offered an apology in court and said that she would refrain from going to another local bar so Larsen would have a safe place to go. Henry Oostrom-Shah, McIntyre's defense lawyer, stated that McIntyre was hoping to locate an LGBTQ nonprofit that would accept her community service.

The Post Millennial reached out to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for clarification on whether misgendering a person is now considered a crime.
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