Bar fined $400K for keeping transgenders away

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The Twilight Room Annex, formally known as the "P Club," in north Portland. (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A north Portland bar owner will have to pay a big fine, after the state finds he tried to keep some transgender customers away.

KOIN 6 News has been following this story since the incident happened last year.

Chris Penner is owner of the Twilight Room Annex, formerly known as the “P Club.” Bureau of Labor and Industries investigators found Penner left voice mails asking the customers to not come to his bar, fearing people would think it’s a gay bar.

He now must now pay $400,000 to the group of people he banned. He’ll also has been ordered to pay a $5,000 penalty for violating the “Oregon Equality Act.”

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