As a witness to the events following the Rainbow Lounge Raid, I have wondered what happened. My father worked in the police force for much of my life, and so I had that perspective as well as the perspective of a gay man. Several scenarios played out in my mind. I wanted my first contribution, to the conversation here, to be an exploration of some of those scenarios.
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.