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Good afternoon, Portland! Here's the latest on local news, national news, and a little bit of fun.

In local news:

• Thousands of Oregonians likely won't be be able to pay rent on July 1, a day after the state moratorium on evictions due to non-payment of rent lifts. Some rental assistance resources exist, but they're currently tricky to secure—leaving many in the Portland area feeling desperate. "Should I start packing my shit up?” one person told the Mercury. “I don’t know. I’ve been on the streets before, and I can’t do that again.”

• Of all the Portland Police Bureau (PPB)'s disgusting use of force against protesters last summer, one cop earned a special reputation for being particularly cruel and unwarranted in his aggression: Detective Erik Kammerer. Now, Kammerer's conduct has made him the subject of an investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice. According to OPB, the investigation was requested by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who was elected last year as a criminal justice reform candidate.

• TriMet announced today that its current interim general manager, Sam Desue Jr., will take the permanent spot as the transit agency's general manager. Desue, a Black man, is the first person of color to lead TriMet's in the agency's 51-year history.

• In case you missed it yesterday: For the first time ever, a PPB officer is facing criminal charges for using force against a member of the public during a protest. Specifically, PPB Officer Corey Budworth has been charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for assaulting photojournalist Teri Jacobs during an August 2020 racial justice protest. "[When] a police officer’s use of force is excessive and lacks a justification under the law, the integrity of our criminal justice system requires that we, as prosecutors, act as a mechanism for accountability," Multnomah County DA Schmidt said in a statement.

In national news:

• The government does something good for Pride month:

• The government does something absolutely heinous for Pride month:

• President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in a tense summit this morning, and it's as-yet unclear what was accomplished, besides the pair trading some barbs with reporters trying to do their damn jobs. Biden gave Putin a pair of aviator sunglasses as part of the diplomatic gift exchanging, so that's something, I guess!

• Did you know that cruises still exist?! Royal Caribbean recently tried to launch its new megaship, out of Florida, but the maiden voyage was delayed after eight crewmembers tested positive for COVID-19. I'm not sure who was chomping at the bit to go straight for social distancing to an isolated petri dish on the open sea, but they'll have to wait four more weeks for their trip to start.

And just for fun:

• Here's an excerpt from the latest entry in the Mercury's Pride 2021: Queer Beginnings series, "How We Talk, or Why I'm Not Seeking Vocal Therapy as a Trans Woman" by Emme Lund. You can read the whole brilliant thing here.

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I thought I’d exit the pandemic a new woman, someone entirely different than the awkward, clumsy transsexual who disappeared into her home in March 2020. I saw it as an opportunity to complete my second puberty in hiding. I ordered new clothes online, let the hormones do the job of slowly transforming my body, and started learning how to alter my voice to make it sound more feminine. I was tired of my voice outing me every time I opened my mouth. I’d witness the dawning of the understanding of what I was happen time and time again. I’d walk into a room and no one would bat an eye until I opened my mouth. At first it was something like confusion on their faces, but, eventually, an understanding that I was a trans woman would wash over the room.

• Finally, here's a sweet hit of uncut Barbara Walters, straight to the dome: