While there is no reason the average person should watch the entire 6+ hours of the City Counsel meeting during which the Ft. Worth raid of the Rainbow Lounge was discussed, it does have its dramatic moments. City Council Woman, Kathleen Hicks, delivered an eloquent speech around the 0:13:50 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.
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.
Thereafter, District 9 Councilman, Joel Burns, advised that he has received over 1,000 emails and telephone calls indicating concern over the raid. While he believes the Chief Police is doing a thorough job, he agrees an independent investigation is necessary.
But the real fun began shortly after the 25 minute mark when the mayor attempted to move away from the Rainbow Lounge talks and continue with the agenda items. Much to the dismay of many present, the City of Ft. Worth had placed the Rainbow Lounge raid last on the agenda. Audience members, frustrated that LGBT issues are last again, interrupted the mayor to request that the Rainbow Lounge Raid be moved to the front of the agenda.
The mayor advised that there are many other important things on the agenda that must be discussed prior to the alleged human rights violations. A review of the agenda indicates that an Agreement for Auction Services, the purchase of a truck, veterinary supplies and other such items took precedence. The LGBT activists present then began chanting, “Hear us now!”
Discontent amongst those present continued to esculate and ultimately resulted in the removal of two men from the meeting by marshals. The request to move the Rainbow Lounge discussions to the front of the agenda was denied.
Upon being asked to apologize for a man [Chad Gibson] being hospitalized. The mayor responded by saying:
If you want an apology from the mayor of Fort Worth: I am sorry about what happened in Fort Worth.
Three hours later, Jonathan Nelson, a Ft. Worth attorney, opened the discussions on behalf of the LGBT community. He began by reading an email he received calling him a “meth head” and “fudge backer” which email further asked how he can find time to sodomize his partner while doing interviews with the Dallas Voice, working with the LGBT Chamber and picking up “rent boys.” He explained:
That is what it can mean to be gay in Ft. Worth.
Many more speakers followed, all with their own stories and experiences. The investigation into the incedent is still underway.
Since the raid, Officer Sara Straten has been appointed as a liaison to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Perhaps progress is being made.
VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE MEETING:
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