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Non-binary person said 30 proud boys almost killed him #ThatHappened

washingtonblade.com

lmao those must be real shit proud boys


Non-binary hero(ine) Juniper Simmons


"I AM A WOMXNNNNNNNNNNNNN" video:

It was a typical day for Juniper Simonis. The freelance ecologist decided to break from work for lunch at about 3 p.m. to take their service dog, Wallace, to the local dog park and grab a bite to eat.

But a planned peaceful afternoon quickly turned ugly. Simonis says they survived a gang assault of about 30 perpetrators in Gresham, Ore., a suburb outside of Portland. The Oregon resident encountered the group for only minutes but suffered a concussion, sprained jaw, extensive car damage and verbal assaults, they said.

“They nearly killed me,” they said.

Simonis said they turned into a parking lot to pick up lunch in Gresham, Ore., and stumbled upon a rally that included several members of the Proud Boys — a far-right, ultra-nationalist organization known for its anti-LGBTQ, anti-feminism and neo-fascist ideologies.

There was a “Flag Ride” right-wing rally in a parking lot earlier that day. Simonis was under the impression the event had ended after checking reports on Twitter. After pulling into the lot, originally to look for lunch options, Simonis saw a large gathering still in the lot.

Simonis decided to take pictures of what was happening to post online to warn others and was intentional in keeping their distance, they said. As Simonis was preparing to leave the area, they yelled from inside the car, “Fuck you, fascists, go home.”

“I did not expect this to escalate into violence,” they said.

The attack itself only lasted about three minutes, Simonis said. Simonis was quickly surrounded by several people and physically blocked from leaving the lot. People stepped in front of the parking lot exit, then a car was moved to barricade Simonis. People began to shout homophobic slurs at Simonis, they said.

“I’m in serious trouble now and I know it,” they said.

Simonis was then punched while inside their vehicle and was briefly knocked out. They regained consciousness a few seconds later, and a cinder block was thrown at the car and shattered the back window of their car inches away from their service dog, Wallace.

Simonis got out of the car to assess the damage and make sure their service dog was safe. They quickly got back in their car and was able to leave the lot by maneuvering around the blocked exit, Simonis said.

Wallace, Juniper Simonis’ service dog. (Photo by Mariah Harris)

Looking back at the photos and videos Simonis took before the assault, Simonis said they saw people looking into the camera and acknowledging them taking photos.

“I honestly don’t know if I hadn’t said anything, that … things would have gone any different,” they said.

Last year, Simonis was targeted and arrested by federal police in Portland during the tumultuous Black Lives Matter protests in the city. They were denied medical attention, misgendered, jumped and aggressively handcuffed while taken into custody.

Simonis is still working through legal proceedings in a multi-plaintiff lawsuit.

A witness to the event called the Gresham Police Department, which was only a few blocks away from the incident. But the call went to voicemail and the witness did not leave a message, Simonis said.

Another witness called 911, Simonis said, which led to an officer calling Simonis about 45 minutes after the accident to take a report.

In the police report obtained by the Blade, Simonis is consistently misgendered. Simonis’ sex is also listed as “unknown” in the report. The incident was labeled as vehicle vandalism.

Simonis said the conversation with the officer was filled with victim-blaming and the officer wrote in the report that Simonis should avoid “approaching groups of this nature.”

“At no point in this conversation does he treat me as an actual victim of a crime,” Simonis said.

The Gresham Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.

Weeks after the assault, Simonis is struggling mentally and physically, they said.

The concussion makes working on a computer virtually impossible because of light sensitivity and trouble focusing, Simonis said. The pain caused by the sprained jaw makes it difficult to focus, as well.

Simonis is not able to begin physical therapy for their jaw until November because of long medical wait times, they said. The cost to repair the car damages will be about $8,000, as well, they said.

The times where Simonis is able to focus are usually taken up by piecing together what happened that day, they said.

“The part of my brain that I use for work has been hijacked functionally by the part of the brain that needed to know what happened to me,” they said. “There is such a painful need to understand what happened to me.”

Because of past traumatic events, like the experience of being in federal custody last year, Simonis said processing and living with the trauma is a bit easier to handle. But their ability to work will be forever changed yet again, they said.

“I’m not able to work at the pace that I used to work at before I was assaulted by DHS. I’ll never be,” they said. “And this is just a further knockdown.”

The trauma of the event has increased Simonis’ hyper-vigilance, as well.

“Every time I hear a car go by, I’m double-checking,” they said.

Even though Simonis has the tools to process and live with the immense trauma, they will never be the same person, they said.

“They fucking changed my life forever. Point blank,” they said. “Not just mentally, but physically and physiologically. I can’t go back to where I was before. I’m lucky that I survived.”

Simonis has reported the attack to the FBI and is pursuing legal action with two specific goals in mind: to heal and to prevent similar crimes from happening.

“I am somebody who believes in abolishing the carceral system and the justice system as it exists and policing,” Simonis said. “But also a 37-year-old trans and disabled person who somehow managed to survive this long. And so naturally has become pragmatic about the world.”

Because of the reaction of the Gresham Police Department, Simonis did not want to work with local officers and instead went to the federal level. But because of the alleged assault by agents in Portland last year, this decision wasn’t easy for them.

Perpetrators in the assault threatened to call the police on Simonis, even though Simonis did not commit a crime. Reporting the crime to the federal level is also a layer of protection, they said.

“All of this is forcing my hand,” they said. There is no easy decision in the situation, they added.

“We all know that crimes are underreported. We hear about it all the time,” they said. And there are reasons why people don’t report crimes and they’re totally understandable. A lot of victims are very concerned about what will happen if they break anonymity. In my situation, I’ve already broken anonymity.”

With recent arrests and crackdowns on the Proud Boys and other hate groups in the United States, Simonis is bracing for a long process.

“This isn’t just going to go on a shelf,” they said.

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It was a typical day for Juniper Simonis

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non-binary person blah blah

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He is one of antifa's finest.

freelance ecologist

:marseythonk:

I'm curious what this means. Lots of biologists will work as contractors for public and private entities but they would never classify themselves as freelancers.

Very hmmm indeed.

I think it means pretentiously unemployed

Weed growing is my bet on what they do

Doubt it, that's an actual job in Portland, with standards

Picks up garbage whenever a court orders it

Unemployed and overeducated.

It beats being a wage cuck for Big Ecology

As Simonis was preparing to leave the area, they yelled from inside the car, “Fuck you, fascists, go home.”

gets beat up

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This story is obviously made up but I wish it weren't.

Tbh I thought 'they' in this case was the crowd and I was wondering how they got in the car, and how it was being beat up by a gang of 30 yts but was allowed out of the car to check on its dog.

Yeah I usually don't mind the singular "they" grammatically but I now realize it's because I've never see it used so extensively. This was a confusing read.

Portland

Freelance ecologist

Service dog

Train

What the fuck is in the water out there

“I am somebody who believes in abolishing the carceral system and the justice system as it exists and policing,” Simonis said. “But also a 37-year-old trans and disabled person who somehow managed to survive this long. And so naturally has become pragmatic about the world.”

"Fuck the police and shut down prisons!...Help, help! Police! Please arrest these chuds and throw them in prison!!"

lmao

Literally all of Portland. They wanted lawless junkie hellscape, they got it, and now they want out.

hahaha they think that living to the ripe age of 37 is surviving. Stonetoss was right, once again.

“They fucking changed my life forever. Point blank,” they said. “Not just mentally, but physically and physiologically.

physically

Ever been bullied so hard you grew a tail?

If they arent lying about getting doinked in the head I can see their point a bit, concussions can hurt, especially if you do lose consciousness

Did you not read the part where they misgendered her

Way to be a bigot smh

as a 37-year-old trans disabled person

They're lying.

Doubt it. Not sure how you can get beat until concussed in your own car, then have time and opportunity to get out and inspect it for damage.

Simonis did not want to work with local officers and instead went to the federal level.

m-mister guberment, some edgy teenagers called me mean names after I took pictures of them!!!!!!!!!! DO SOMETHING!!!!!!

Almost all "non-binary" people are women

The rest are male feminists

There's also no biological basis for non-binary. They literally choose this status. Your brain chemistry does not warp between sexes on a whim. It's bullshit.

At least this person is going for an androgynous look. Most "enbies" are just straight girls who want LGBT status without committing to eating pussy

Why are so many of these locomotives """"disabled""""? What disability are they claiming to have? Serious question.

Also, I'm genuinely shocked the "service" dog isn't a pitbull

maybe they are finally accepting they have severe mental disabilities and it's why they are the way they are.

She got bashed and concussed by an idea.

From the preview picture I thought that post was about Russian rapper Morgenstern

Imma just take a wild gander at this, and say that any and all damage was probably self-inflicted.

Perpetrators in the assault threatened to call the police on Simonis, even though Simonis did not commit a crime.

I'm pretty sure violent gangs of thugs don't threaten to call the cops on the people they beat up.

Look fat look fat listen stupid. Nah but seriously look at that homer simpson gut. Imagine the smell

Simonis is consistently misgendered. Simonis’ sex is also listed as “unknown” in the report.

no fucking shit. look at it's picture. how the hell is anyone supposed to know?

He looks like the guy at the hippy party who swears he's an empath and can sense your tension and proceeds to give you a loooooong shoulder rub by the campfire,,, all the while you're trying to decide if he truly is an empath or just a little pervy.

Juniper Simonis

I remember this name from something, it's not the first time xe's involved in train drama.

Yeah he's the one in the linked video crying about being a womxn

There was something else besides that. Turns out xe sounded familiar because I've been following xer Instagram for a while, 25% of the people I follow are just trainwrecks and lolcows. I'd forgotten about xer because xe hasn't posted since April.

I am not sure which is more cringey, the litany of erroneous assumptions you splayed out or the act of calling upon the student archetype with the intent of derision. Anti-intellectualism, check.


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“I’m in serious trouble now and I know it,” they said.

its funny how this sentence instantly jumps out at you as grammatically incorrect. Its almost like "they" isnt a real pronoun outside groups of people