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

June 29, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Featured, LGBT News

stonewallMore 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.

I WILL NOT SIT BACK AND BE SILENT. I WILL CONTINUE TO SHARE MY STORY AND PROTEST ALONGSIDE THE COMMUNITY THAT HAS MADE ME FEEL SO WELCOME. I ENTERED THE BAR A PATRON ON SATURDAY NIGHT, AND BECAUSE OF THE POLICE BRUTALITY AND DISCRIMINATION I WITNESSED I LEFT AN ACTIVIST.

– [Alison Egert]

Yet again, witness accounts of the evening completely contradict the police allegations of resisting arrest, groping of officers and lewd sexual gestures by patrons.

Ft. Worth City Councilman Joel Burns released the following statement yesterday evening:

We want all citizens of Texas and Fort Worth to know and be assured that the laws and ordinances of our great State and City will be applied fairly, equally and without malice or selective enforcement. We consider this to be part of “The Fort Worth Way” here. As elected representatives of the city of Fort Worth, we are calling for an immediate and thorough investigation of the actions of the City of Fort Worth Police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in relation to the incident at the Rainbow Lounge earlier this morning, June 28, 2009.

It is unfortunate that this incident occurred in Fort Worth and even more so to have occurred on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall protests. Unlike 40 years ago, though, the people of this community have elective representation that will make sure our government is accountable and that the rights of all of its citizens are protected. We are working together with our Mayor, Police Chief, the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission, and our State Legislative colleagues to get a complete and accurate accounting of what occurred.

Rest assured that neither the people of Fort Worth, nor the city government of Fort Worth, will tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens. And know that the GLBT Community is an integral part of the economic and cultural life of Fort Worth.

Every Fort Worth citizen deserves to have questions around this incident answered and we are all working aggressively toward that end.

SOME RELATED LINKS:

Dym Sum | Stonewall Revisited?  Fort Worth, TX Gay Bar Raided

Truth and Love After 40 (via Pam’s House Blend)

The Daily Kos | Raid on Ft. Worth Bar

On Top Magazine | Hundred Protest Police Raid of Ft. Worth Bar

Feministing | Raid in Ft. Worth Bar of Rainbow Lounge

Facebook Group dedicated to the Rainbow Lounge Raid.

CNN Coverage of the Rainbow Lounge Raid.

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4 Comments to “Another First Hand Account Indicates Police Targeted Gays in Ft. Worth Raid.”


  1. I can't express my feelings any better than the lyrics from Scarecrow by Melissa Etheridge. I can only hope that this horrific incident helps to wake up people to support LGBT rights.

    This was our brother
    This was our son
    This shepherd young and mild
    This unassuming one
    We all gasp this can't happen here
    We're all much too civilized
    Where can these monsters hide

    But they are knocking on our front door
    They're rocking in our cradles
    They're preaching in our churches
    And eating at our tables

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  2. As stun as I initially was when I first heard about this on your blog, I have to admit that I've been expecting something like this for a while. This harassment is nothing less than intimation from the anti gay crowd and gays need to get off their complacent ass and get mad as hell. There is no doubt in my mind this was planned out in advance to happen on the anniversary of Stonewall. Thanks to this BLOG for being in the forefront of getting this information to the public. (BTW, tonight it was on the Rachael Meadow show.)

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    • Dave at http://dymsum.wordpress.com is doing a REMARKABLE job keeping the updates coming. He's tireless – unlike me… I'm much older .o.0

      I'm trying to continue to grasp onto the positive… I hope we can all do the same. Hope is never lost, it just likes to play hide-n-seek.

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  3. I've been watching http://dymsum.wordpress.com also – and I feel very comfortable following his posts – along with the comments.

    Maybe this will get to Obama and he will really get how urgent our situation is. Yes marriage is extremely important – and so are all our other rights – but the idea that police can just raid a gay bar just because ….

    My condolences to that one particular family which lost a member who just happens to have been a celebrity. I hope the additional sales of the music of that particular celebrity benefit his children – who need help most of all right now. It's time to report the rest of the news !!!! Past time to report the rest of the news!!

    Thank-you for posting about this : )

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