Demonstrators clash with Pride attendees

Demonstrators from an anti-LGBTQ+ group turned out to disrupt Keizer’s first-ever Pride Fair. After being confronted by attendees and urged by the police to leave the group departed and did not return. Submitted by Cyndi Swaney

Attendees of Keizer’s first-ever Pride Fair assembled to form a counter-protest in response to anti-LGBTQ+ demonstrators Saturday, June 12. 

Exchanges between the two groups ran for about 20 minutes before officers from the Keizer Police Department were summoned to the scene on the east side of the Keizer Cultural Center along Rickman Road Northeast.

A theft and unlawful use of mace were both reported to officers who convinced the demonstrators to leave the scene shortly after arriving.

Members of a quickly-developed counter-protest (right) exchange words with demonstrators who turned out to disrupt a Pride Fair behind the Keizer Civic Center. Submitted by Dee Moore