Chad Gibson had gone to the bathroom just before Ft. Worth Police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Officers raided the Stonewall Inn Rainbow Lounge to arrest some gay men 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. Of course, the “but for” argument is valid, But for the Police Raid Chad wouldn’t have been injured (at least in the same manner).
LGBT people and their allies are pulling together showing that we are a community standing together. Tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 1, 2009, a candle light vigil will be held. According to the facebook event page:
The North Texas LGBTA Community will gather Wed. July 1st, 2009 at the Rainbow Lounge at 8:30pm in honor of Chad Gibson, the young man hospitalized in the June 28th raid at the same location. We must unite to show the world that what happens to one of us, happens to all of us. We must unite to show Fort Worth that this type of violence against any person will not be tolerated. But, most importantly we must unite to show Chad that his community is standing by his side.
As a side note, I spoke with attorney Julya Billhiymer, this morning. She confirmed that her offer of pro bono criminal defense is valid and available to those arrested during the raid. If you were or know someone who was arrested at the Rainbow Lounge, please share her contact information:
The Law Office of Julya Billhymer
608 8th Ave.
Ft. Worth, Texas
(817) 732-LAWS (5297 )