Ft. Worth Gay Bar Bashing – How Fun is That?….

Rainbow LoungeI was trying not to make judgments until the investigation into the raid on the Rainbow Lounge in Ft. Worth was completed, and now enough of it has been to say:  Homophobia and LGBT discrimination is still alive and well in Texas.  Did we really ever doubt it?  No, I don’t think so.

This article has some partial results from the investigation (thanks Andrew Sullivan for your post) – looks like the TABC and Ft. Worth police messed up big time.  When will we all realize and accept the fact that people are different, but they’re just people.  Shouldn’t we all embrace each other’s differences instead of lash out against them? 

I’m embarrassed that our State and sister city have apparently reenacted the events leading to the Stonewall Riots in 1969.  We are supposed to learn from our mistakes, and travel by leaps and bounds forward, not backward.

When will we learn?

(Picture from news article in Fort Worth Star Telegram Aug 6 2009)

4 Thoughts

  1. This raid was outrageous, but I’m so glad there has been an activist/community response to it. I think the resurgence of activism around lgbt civil rights will start to make it clearer that this won’t be tolerated.

  2. Thanks for your comment Elizabeth. I think the LGBT community has come so far, but unfortunately, have so much farther left to go. Thanks for reading the post, and taking the time to comment.

  3. So sorry Elizabeth – I didn’t see your second comment. My apologies. No, won’t be able to go to the March. I’m trying to do my activist work through the written word – of course, my book. And then blog posts, Facebook, and Twitter. If you would like a copy of my book, I can mail you one. And then if you like it, maybe you could pass it on/spread the word around at the March? That would be super cool. Just let me know. And thanks for visiting!

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