Tag: Stonewall Inn

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

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

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall.

June 28, 2009 marks the 40th Anniversary of the riots at Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York. In the beginning, there were only a handful of men and women that took to the streets after becoming victims of another police raid. They were the spark that lit the fire and changed gay forever. As more and more people joined their movement, laws in the U.S. started changing. The struggle has been long and hard, but because of these men and women, life is a little easier for my generation.


June 27, 2009 0