Trans boathouse owner: County evicted me after transition

Washington County

Jillian Robinson is being evicted from her boat rental business

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington County is investigating claims of discrimination against the transgender owner of a boat rental company.

Jillian Robinson bought the boathouse at Hagg Lake in April of 2018 when she was known as “Christopher.”

A boat rental business at Hagg Lake, Oct. 22, 2019. (KOIN)

She said the head of the park started harassing her when she transitioned from a man to a woman and told her she couldn’t fly a Black Lives Matter flag.

An LGBTQ flag flying at a boat rental business at Hagg Lake, Oct. 22, 2019. (KOIN)

“I’ve been flying all these beautiful flags,” Robinson told KOIN 6 News on Tuesday. “I’ve been flying the LGBTQ flag, the trans flag, all the service flags since I’m a veteran and the American flag and trying to create a hate-free, inclusive environment for everyone out here no matter who you are. So I decided to hang the Black Lives Matter flag and immediately Carl emailed me and told me that I need to take it down.”

Robinson said she is being evicted with 30 days’ notice.

Jillian Robinson at her boat rental business at Hagg Lake, Oct. 22, 2019. (KOIN)

Washington County spokesperson Julie McCloud KOIN 6 News the flags are not an issue but that the county is ending Robinson’s contract seven months early because it no longer plans to have outside vendors at Hagg Lake.

“We do take complaints like this very seriously and we do have a standard response protocol to follow to do an internal review and we are following that process,” McCloud said.

Robinson said she plans to take her concerns to the county commissioners at a Tuesday night meeting.

A sign at a boat rental business at Hagg Lake, Oct. 22, 2019. (KOIN)
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