Tag: Rainbow Lounge

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

What Happens in Ft. Worth Isn’t Staying There.

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.


July 6, 2009 4

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (June 27, 2009 – July 4, 2009)

Civil Partnership in Ireland Celebrated With Parade – Dublin was the scene of a loud and happy celebration where it was estimated that 12,000 people were gathered. Some of those who attended were dressed in tuxedoes or wedding gowns to celebrate the new Civil Partnership Bill – which granted many of the rights of heterosexual marriages. There were others who were also happy – but “some 60 people dressed in a half tux or wedding dress … the move was to symbolise the ‘half measures’ offered in the Bill”. The Bill – which will be enacted and operatonal by the end of the year – gives statutory rights to Gay and Lesbian couples. Some of the rights included are the “protection of a shared home, pension rights, the right to succession and equality with married couples of treatment under the tax and social welfare codes.” Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Ireland. There are some important rights missing – but this seems like a good start. The theme of the celebratory Pride Parade was – “Pride and Prejudice.”
LGBT Pride Month Recognized in US Labor Bldg – The agency headquarters for the US Dept. of Labor prominently recognized LGBT Pride Month by installing and displaying Gay Pride posters in their building.


July 6, 2009 0

A Texas Style Stonewall Brings LGBT Attention.

So many conflicting stories are floating around about what happened at the Rainbow Lounge. A lot of attention has been placed on the injury to Chad Gibson. Some say that it constitutes police brutality. While it very well does, police had gone too far well before Chad was injured.

Josh Taylor and his friend Dylan had been at the bar that evening for about an hour. Josh was on his third drink when the raid began. Officers entered the VIP lounge and arrested Dylan first.


July 3, 2009 2

Texas Agencies to Investigate Allegations of their Own Misconduct

In the fight to obtain federal hate crimes legislation, one argument we hear from opponents of the law over and over again is, “a crime is a crime.” But what people making that argument don’t realize is that the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act isn’t just about criminalizing bias based crimes, but also about protecting suspect classes from those who are supposed to protect them.

As previously discussed, on June 28, 2009, the Rainbow Lounge in Ft. Worth, Texas was raided by Ft. Worth police officers and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers.


July 3, 2009 3

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