40 Years After Stonewall, Fort Worth, TX Cops Raid Gay Bar Gestapo-Style

Monday, June 29, 2009


The Fort Worth, TX police had a special gift for the queer community on the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. They raided the newly-opened Rainbow Lounge, arresting and beating numerous patrons, gestapo-style, for no apparent reason other than for being gay.

One patron, Chad Gibson, was slammed to the floor so hard by the Fort Worth gestapo police that he is currently hospitalized with bleeding in his brain.

TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) has confirmed participation in the raid. Protests have been scheduled to take place outside the Tarrant County Courthouse this week.

I will be following this story with updates as warranted.

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18 Responses to 40 Years After Stonewall, Fort Worth, TX Cops Raid Gay Bar Gestapo-Style

  1. DMason says:

    I have friends in Dallas and they’ve say they won’t set foot in Ft. Worth. 30 miles is 30 light years when it comes to the difference in culture and in sophistication between the two cities. In fact, they say most Dallasites view Ft. Worth as a backwater.

  2. John P says:

    Thanks for the news

  3. VicoDANIEL says:

    Unfortunately, in the south, attacks on the LGBT community are as common today as they were in 1950,

    I know Texans like to say the perception of their state as a rightwing bastion of conservative, Bush-loving lunatics is the creation of the liberal media and not a factual portrait of the state, But the fact is, raids on gay bars don’t happen in California, or Washington, or Illinois, or even in North Carolina.

    You have to remember that Texas was part of Karl Rove’s so-called ‘southern strategy.’ The strategy called for large numbers of conservatives to relocate to Texas and sway their electoral map to the right. They were successful. Add to the mix, a cultural hatred among police for queers and I am not the least surprised a raid like this could happen in 2009.


  4. Joe in Colorado says:

    It’s a shame the patrons of this gay bar in Ft. Worth weren’t armed. Seriously. The cops needed to feel the love of a hardened steel bullet or at very least some stinging pepper spray in their eyes. Cops aren’t very smart and they only understand is violent resistance.

  5. Estacada says:

    This is why Gandhi’s model of peaceful resistance is no longer relevant in 2009.

    I’m certain the customers at the Rainbow Bar were caught off-guard by the Ft. Worth storm troopers. If they had been on their game, they should have thrown bottles, rocks, chairs, bricks, tables and anything not glued down at the cops.

  6. Aunt Peg says:

    Can’t the Obama DOJ get involved somehow?

    Oh, my bad, this is the Obama DOJ who defended DOMA in a legal brief. Silly me.

  7. Walk on Socks says:

    The TX gestapo is still angry the state’s sodomy law was overturned by the SCOTUS.

    I’ve read a number of news articles about gays and lesbians living in Texas who are harassed on the street, in restaurants and by neighbors who don’t like queers living near their children.

    When the cops are called, the concept of “to serve and protect,” goes in the toilet if their caller is gay or lesbian.

  8. Matteo says:

    Please don’t tell me this is unique to Fort Worth, TX. It’s the entire state. Read this.

    Georgetown officer accused of rape fired


    A Georgetown, TX police officer accused of raping a woman he’d arrested has been fired.

    Police supervisors say Sgt. Jimmy Lewis Fennell Jr. was fired for failing to cooperate with an internal investigation. They say the 34-year-old officer failed to show up for questioning on Thursday.

    But his attorney, Bob Phillips, says Fennell simply asked that the meeting be rescheduled. In the lawyer’s words, “It is an outright lie to say that he is not cooperating.”

    The nine-year department veteran is accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman outside his police cruiser. According to court records, Fennell had driven the woman to a park Oct. 26 and asked her to dance for him.

    He was indicted by grand jury earlier this month and faces up to two life sentences if convicted.

  9. Peace Nick says:

    I hate the cops.

    Always have. Always will. As long as they leave me alone, I will leave them alone but my attitude is, don’t cross me.

    I’m a peaceful man and I don’t look for trouble but I am not going to lay down and be anyone’s victim either.

    Including the cops.

  10. bradfrmphnx says:

    A lot of justified anger. But Ghandi’s and MLK’s approach is the correct one. You can not defeat violence with violence. The examples are so numerous that it is blatantly clear it won’t work. Israel, Lebanon, Yugoslovia, Ireland, etc. Peaceful demonstration will work.

    Obama needs to do something about this. Texas needs to do something about this. And above all, the mayor of Ft. Worth needs to do something about this. The Police Chief needs to be fired, and criminal charges have to be brought up on all those involved. Unless there was some underlying point that would cause this, the criminality needs to be addressed.

  11. Harry says:

    Texas is a lost cause. The only hope is for a meteor 700 miles across to fall from the sky and level the state once and for all.

  12. Prairiedog says:

    The man injured by the cretin cop in the attack needs to go after him in court.

    A lot of injury lawyers are just waiting for a case like this to litigate. If the gay man can’t destroy the cop’s career (this is Texas, after all), he can certainly tie the cop up in a civil court and this can get very expensive.

  13. lea-lea says:

    I ain’t buying it for a hot, New York minute that the TABC just randomly selected the Rainbow Lounge to check for public intoxication and license issues.

    For Christ’s sake — it just opened?

    Like straight people don’t get drunk in Ft. Worth?

  14. libhomo says:

    I’m seriously wondering if martial law needs to be declared in Texas and that the state be reduced to a federal territory so the American government can take it over.

  15. Kristin says:

    It is times like these that I am ashamed that I am from Texas.

  16. Sister Nora Torious says:

    “Bad Example”

    For 30 years the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have faught against Stigmatic Guilt impossed upon the Gay Community. Gay people have lived in fear for centuries of violence, injury and death for simply being our true selves. I am so sadened by the example set here to fear violence from Police in Fort Worth, how can we make a supportive diverse community if a part of that community lives in fear of its police department/ government? How can the police of Fort Worth expect the Gay Community to help them make Fort Worth a better place to live if we live in fear?

    Remember in a crysis do you care if someone is gay if they come to your aid? If your in a Car accident do you care if the person who comes to your aid is gay? If your on Flight 93 and Hyjacked and you know your going to be flown into the Capitol Building, do your care that the man that lead the take over of your plane and made it crash in Pennslyvania was gay?

    Do you really not see us as people capable of greatness to? or would you refuse to be helped by a gay person? think about it? Im sure Matthew Sheppard thought about it while he slowly died on a fence?

    Ignorance of the truth is no excuse, Gay peole do not refuse to be outstanding citizens because they hate straight people? Can we stop the judgement, and just be people with diverse lives who support eachother?

    Sister Nora Torious 13
    Sister of Perpetual Indulgence

  17. Randy says:

    I agree with DMason above about the Dallas area clubs, culture, and PD being a bit more upscale than the Fort Worth-less bars. The area that the Rainbow Bar Lounge is located is in an area that is —slowly— redeveloping for the better, although it’s still a shady area and one that visitors should be on the cautious side of. The Rainbow Bar is newly renovated and is comparable to some of the clubs in Dallas. I was in there last night, and I liked it! They’re working their asses off to bring up the patronage of Ft. Worth-less, and this is sure to be a damaging thing for that to happen. I hope that the Ft. Worth(-less) bars will take into account the lost revenue AND taxes that the morons at the FWPD and TABC has caused and take that to city hall.

    I live in Dallas, and, like DMason stated, “30 miles is 30 light years when it comes to the difference in culture and in sophistication between the two cities. In fact, they say most Dallasites view Ft. Worth as a backwater.”

    Fort Worth-less is not a real gay attractive city anyway unless you are cowboy oriented. There aren’t even very many clubs compared to about 25 gay clubs in Dallas. Dallas’ Annual Freedom Day Parade entries has increased steadily in the last 3 years, with now over 100 floats and up to about 30,000 spectators. The Dallas PD seems to have a great time with that, and they are ALWAYS super nice when I see them. I make it a point to THANK THEM for guarding us on a regular night with their presence. THAT is a big difference than Ft. Worth-less. Things truly are bigger in Dallas, and our police chief has done a fine job turning this city around. If memory serves me correctly, I believe he has been honored in the parades. The Dallas Sherriff is the FIRST openly gay lesbian to serve in the public office, in the history of the state! She’s been elected TWICE. Our –mayors–past and present, are usually in with the Grand Marshalls, and they bring their family along for the ride! How much of a contrast is that?

    Ft. Worth-less still seems to be in the “tie up yo’ hoss by the tree” dark ages and think we are stupid not to see the raid was an INTENTIONAL jab at our gay community on the anniversary of Stonewall. Coincidence? I sure the think not! It was PREMEDITATED, and I am willing to bet there were many laughs among the troopers about what they caused. They need to lose their badges before they lose their lives, which I can’t say I would mourn the loss of, if this is as compassionate as they choose to be. (On second thought…) Times like this makes the idea of a voodoo doll of all the instigators a laugh out loud idea, and one that I wish would work. I’d have a bonfire with them, only after removing the mid-section and saying, “how’s that for a groping, you insensitive morons?”

    I’m glad my true heart doesn’t think like that, but my head sure as hell thinks it’s hysterical.

    Best wishes to all our gay community, and God be with those that were violated of their rights and dignity. You will be the catalysts that galvanizes our movement 40 YEARS LATER, and your sufferings will never be forgotten in our gay history.

    Have a beer and be glad we’re all queer.
    God bless you ALLLLLLLL!

  18. Randy says:

    I need to clarify that when I say Ft. Worth-less, it is purely about the city, and NOT that the bars are worthless. Fort Worth-less is the sister city to Euless, which we all call “USELESS.” A one hoss town that thrives on anyone that goes 36 mph in a 35 mph zone.

    No disrespect meant to any bar, club, owners or patrons. Just the backwoods bozos that run that depressing city.

    My comments seem to make worthless the adjective to fine establishments, and that is purely not the case.


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