Texas nightclub raid leads to protests by gay community
Members of the North Texas gay community are angry and they want answers. News of a raid Saturday Night of the Rainbow Lounge night club on South Jennings Avenue has sparked an outcry.
Images posted on the Dallas Voice website have generated strong emotions from the community.
Fort Worth police say early Sunday morning members of their department, along with 2 officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission conducted a raid at the brand new bar near downtown fort worth.
Police say seven people were arrested for public intoxication and at least a dozen more were restrained. The incident was captured on camera and posted on local blogs. The scene was topic of conversation at Sunday’s Million Gay March in Dallas, and the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas released a statement following its Sunday morning worship services.
“After more than a generation of progress, this action shows that there is still much work to be done to ensure that all Americans enjoy ‘equal protection under the law.’ It is tragic that lesbian and gay taxpayers are still abused by the very people who are paid by our taxes.”
The community is upset because the raid happened on the 40 years anniversary of the “Stonewall raid.” That raid, of a New York bar, is said to have launched the gay and lesbian civil rights movement.
This video is from CBS 11 News, broadcast June 28, 2009.