Category: Discrimination

Hearing Tomorrow in Ft. Worth on LGBT Inclusive City Policies to Spark “Christian” Protests

Tuesday evening in Fort Worth, Texas may prove to be a night of fireworks for gay rights in the state. Recent events in Texas have brought the need for gay rights legislation on a local, state and national level to the forefront.

In the last year, events in San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, and Fort Worth have each reminded the GLBT community of the pain and suffering that goes along with being gay in the twenty-first century.


November 9, 2009 0

Gay Activists Kicked out of Council Hearing on Rainbow Lounge Raid.

While there is no reason to watch the entire 6+ hours of the City Counsel meeting discussing the Ft. Worth raid of the Rainbow Lounge, it does have its moments. City Council Woman, Kathleen Hicks, delivered an eloquent speech around the 13:50 mark.

“As a council representative of the club in which this unfortunate incident took place and as an African American female who experiences discrimination every day of my life, I fill it is incumbent upon me to stand up, not only for the citizens I represent, but for all. I want to thank each and everyone of you that have emailed or called me regarding this incident.

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I also feel very strongly that not only the police, but all city employees, including myself, must receive education on diversity and inclusion and acceptance of all within our community.”


July 15, 2009 1

Kicked out for a Kiss in El Paso – No Tacos for you “Faggots”

Last night a not-so-unusual event happened at Chico’s Tacos in El Paso, Texas. While waiting to order, two men gave each other a simple kiss. Private security guards with All [Heterosexual] American International Security found their masculinity threatened, approached the men and advised them that they they, “didn’t allow that faggot stuff to go on there.”

The men were asked to leave; however, Carlos Diaz de Leon, one of the men in the group, feared what was happening and called police.


July 9, 2009 16

Who Are the Victims of Hate Crimes?

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Hate Crimes Statistics for 2007 is likely the most reliable report available to answer the question “Who is Hurt by a ‘Hate Crime?’ Regrettably, the FBI data even admits that:

–During 2007, 13,241 law enforcement agencies participated in the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection. Agencies provided 1 to 12 months of data about bias motivated crime, and of those agencies, 2,025 (15.3 percent) reported 7,624 incidents.

–The remaining 84.7 percent of the participating agencies reported that no hate crimes occurred in their jurisdictions.


June 4, 2009 2

San Antonio Police Chief Asks for a Little Love and Trust from LGBT Community

The San Antonio Police Department has come under fire lately from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activist after police allegedly used derogatory comments against a lesbian couple during a home raid. The women, Lindsey and Carol, had been at home for the evening when police charged through the door advising, “We have a warrant.” Evidently, a warrant had been issued after an anonymous informant who had been assisting the SAPD for over 2 years claimed that a man named “Randy” had been seen with methamphetamine in the home.

Unfortunately, after the police entered the house, they allegedly made several lewd and derogatory comments about the couple including many references to their sexual orientation. The outrage from the community was swift and resulted in numerous emails to Police Chief, William McManus, resulting in him contacting the San Antonio Stonewall Democrats to advise them that he wanted to speak to the LGBT community about the situation.


May 18, 2009 4

Police Raid Lesbians’ Home with Derogatory Comments

Over the past several months, the San Antonio Texas Police Department has come under scrutiny for abuses to LGBT people. This comes as no surprise considering their history – including incidents involving yours truly.

The latest episode involves an “anonymous” tip from a neighbor of a lesbian couple indicating the two women had a meth lab in their home. Although untrue, police were able to secure a warrant and entered the couple’s home by knocking the door down on April 28, 2009.


May 11, 2009 6

Kansas City Men’s Chorus Denied Honorific because it Mentions Gay

As the Kansas City-based chorus prepares for their Saturday performance of “And Justice For All” to honor the fight and fighters for civil equality (i.e. women’s suffrage, the stonewall riots and Martin Luther King, Jr.), the “top leaders” of the state’s senate denies a resolution honoring the group.


March 27, 2009 2

Gay Bashing at a Sports Bar: What Would You Do?

ABC News recently aired filmed “What Would You Do?” In it, ABC hired two openly gay male actors, one heterosexual couple and one “gay basher” to go to a local sports bar. The heterosexual couple and homosexual couple agreed to show affection toward one another and gauge the crowds reaction.


March 24, 2009 1

School Demands Student Turn Rainbow Bracelet Around

Chris Quintanilla, a 14 year old Peoria, Arizona student, was recently forced to turn his rainbow wristband inside out by the principal. Chris reports that he has experienced numerous anti-gay moments at the school.


March 19, 2009 1

Tennessee Bill Debated Today to Ban Gay in Schools

Radical extremist and Religious Reich member, Stacey Campfield, of Tennessee has introduced more controversial legislation. With his latest push to outlaw the word “gay” from Tennessee schools, Campfield has stooped to a new low.


March 18, 2009 6