Month: June 2009

Candle Light Vigil to be Held in Honor of Man Injured by Police Raid

Chad Gibson had just gone to the bathroom. Police then raided the Stonewall Inn Rainbow Lounge to arrest some gays for public intoxication. As Chad exited the bathroom, he was “taken down” and suffered a severe head injury. He is still in intensive care.

The police claim that Chad fell down because he was so drunk. I suppose they would like to sell me a bridge to know where too. In spite of the lies, LGBT people and their allies are pulling together in a massive show of support. Tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 1, 2009, a candle light vigil will be held.


June 30, 2009 1

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: For What It’s Worth.

Over the last few days I have watched the story of the police raid on the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas unfold. Unlike my fellow blogger and friend Jay, I don’t live in Texas. In fact, I have never been to Texas.

I joined the Facebook group, I’ve read blogs from the Huffington Post, the Washington Blade, local and national news sites about this story, trying to understand the real facts of what happened. I noticed a trend in a few comments and realized that I, too, had revealed yet another form of prejudice.

It looks something like this.


June 30, 2009 3

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (June 15, 2009 – June 27, 2009)

Coalition Reports Gay Bias Killings Up in U.S. – The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reports that the number of people of the LGBT community killed in bias-motivated incidents increased by 28% in 2008. This is the greatest increase documented by the Coalition since 1999. Although the FBI reports slightly different figures – “the FBI doesn’t record bias crimes against transgendered people because gender identity isn’t covered by federal hate-crime law”. The figures reported by both the FBI and the Coalition might be a little lower than reality because some (understandably) fear retribution and do not report the crimes at all. Some victims also do not report the crimes because they are not ready to out themselves to the police – possibly fearing bias from the authorities themselves. Sharon Stapel theorized that some of the violence from 2008 was due to backlash against issues from the presidential campaign. She said, “The more visibility there is the more likely we’re going to see backlash, and that’s exactly what we see here.” Whether or not that is the reason for the increase – hopefully the Hate Crimes Bill will pass in the Senate and there will be more justice and less hate.


June 29, 2009 0

Another First Hand Account Indicates Police Targeted Gays in Ft. Worth Raid.

More and more eyewitness accounts of the police raid of the Ft. Worth gay bar, Rainbow Lounge, are being circulated, many via the Facebook page set up for information on the raid. One account by a straight ally who was not arrested or ticketed in spite of admitting to police that she was drunk indicates:

“I was appalled to read the official statement issued by the police. The allegations of assault, groping, and resisting arrest were complete fabrications. Men parted like the red sea wherever the police were. No one was groping them.”


June 29, 2009 4

It’s All Just a Little Bit of History Repeated: Ft. Worth Gay Bar Raided

Last night, I shut jaysays.com down to honor the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots. I sat there contemplating how life has changed for LGBT people since that night forty years ago. It was midnight central time. Little did I know that in less than an hour, history would repeat itself as police raided the Rainbow Lounge in Ft. Worth, Texas.

According to the Ft. Worth Police Department, officers were doing routine raids and the Rainbow Lounge just happened to be on their list.


June 29, 2009 6

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall.

June 28, 2009 marks the 40th Anniversary of the riots at Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York. In the beginning, there were only a handful of men and women that took to the streets after becoming victims of another police raid. They were the spark that lit the fire and changed gay forever. As more and more people joined their movement, laws in the U.S. started changing. The struggle has been long and hard, but because of these men and women, life is a little easier for my generation.


June 27, 2009 0

LGBT Lessons for Straight People: Who has the Agenda?

I was just on a business trip and, as usual, I opened all the drawers in the room to be sure I didn’t leave anything behind. Which didn’t help because I left my iPhone recharger on the desk. But I digress.

As one almost always finds, there was a Bible in the drawer. I was surprised to find a Book of Mormon. After all, I was in California. Aha, I was in a Marriott. No, I’m not going to write about the Marriott boycott (surprised you, eh?). I’m going to write about something everyone knows. Well, maybe everyone except the Christian right.


June 27, 2009 2

Why Would You Say That – Really? A Mark Sanford Moment.

Here we go again folks – another political figure “bites the dust”. First he disappears – not into thin air (so to speak). He does exist someplace on this planet we call Earth. According to the media his family – meaning his wife – becomes concerned because he doesn’t usually miss the Father’s Day celebration. Now I didn’t find information as to whether or not his grown sons had planned to spend the day with him on Sunday – but truly I have no concern as to how they celebrate Father’s Day (and I don’t really care – it’s their personal business). Actually I consider Father’s Day another commercial greeting card opportunity – and I believe that parents who have earned the respect of their children should be honored every day.


June 26, 2009 0

Musician Lee Waters Tackles Hate and Virginia Foxx – but mostly hate.

You may not know this, but there are two things I adore, singer/songwriters and personal blogs. If you are not familiar with the wonderfully talented singer/songwriter/all around cool guy/blogger, Lee Waters, you have missed out dearly – but now, you can redeem that part of your life wasted in the land of the “I don’t know Lee.”

Lee recently wrote and recorded the song “Virginia” as an answer to the comments made by Representative Virginia Foxx. If you don’t recall, Foxx claimed Matthew Shepard’s murder was a “hoax.” She later apologized, kind of, but never fully understood the severity of her remark.


June 25, 2009 0

Closet Talk: The Science of Sexuality.

On last night’s Closet Talk, jaysays.com contributor and all around brilliant biologist, Jude, joined me to discuss the change of heart by the American Phychiatric Association (“APA”) as to the “Gay Gene.” Many conservative sites have been reporting that the APA says there is no gay gene, but that’s not right – they aren’t saying there is no gay gene, only that no evidence is pointing to a single factor or factors contributing to one being “gay” or not.

Take about 30 minutes out of your life to listen to the show and learn about the nuances of genetics, what the APA really meant and what, if any, biological factors influence sexual orientation (and left handedness).


June 25, 2009 0