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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

Candle Light Vigil to be Held in Honor of Man Injured by Police Raid

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.


June 30, 2009 1