Bartender Found Guilty Of Hate Crime For ‘Misgendering’

A bartender has been found guilty of a so-called hate crime after she confronted a man identifying as a woman who was using the women’s bathroom at a Portland bar.

Multnomah County Circuit Court issued a guilty verdict on 40-year-old Cassie McIntyre on March 6, who had been charged with second-degree bias crime as well as harassment. The judgment came from the jury after a two-day trial. McIntyre was sentenced by Judge Christopher Marshall, who dealt a punishment of probation for two years as well as 50 hours of community service.

The Post Millennial journalist Andy Ngo explained via X that McIntyre was accused of physically shoving a biological man — formerly with the legal name Ronald Larsen — who identifies as a woman and goes by the name Riis Larsen after telling him that he is a man and to “get out” of the women’s restroom line.

The bartender was also accused of “misgendering” the 35-year-old gender-dysphoric male. The incident reportedly took place on Dec. 27, 2022, at Sellwood bar in Portland, Oregon. According to court documents, McIntyre got involved with the incident at the end of her shift, when she heard people complaining about Larsen cutting in line at the women’s bathroom, allegedly shoving others out of the way.

On March 5, Larsen explained via court testimony that he was confronted by McIntyre when he came out of the single-stall restroom, told that he “was a man” and then told to “get out” when he tried to explain that he identified as a woman. The push from the bartender was corroborated by footage from the bar’s surveillance camera, which did not include audio to verify the words said.

McIntyre then said in court that she was unaware of what “misgendering” was and conceded to her act of pushing the patron, arguing that she had simply been “making space.” Larsen informed the jury that he left the bar crying that night, resorting to a 911 call later in the evening.

Another visitor at the bar that night testified that McIntyre had used male pronouns when addressing the gender-dysphoric man and that the bartender had said Larsen shouldn’t be permitted to use the women’s bathroom.

The conviction comes many months after a poll revealed that 44% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 believe that using pronouns in accordance to one’s biology instead of one’s gender dysphoria should be considered a criminal act.

However, only 19% of the July 2023 poll participants expressed the same view, leaving 65% of all who took the survey believing that so-called “misgendering” should not be criminalized.