Archive for June, 2009

Stonewall ‘09- a litany of sorrows: Rainbow Lounge Raid, Anti-Queer Assault, and the SF Pink Triangle Arson

June 29th, 2009 | Category: Queer

Yup, I said 2009, not some date plucked from the past. Read ‘em and weep.

Happy fucking Stonewall 40 everyone.

(I’ve been doing some of my “brighter” or “happier” writing about the Stonewall anniversary primarily elsewhere, but wanted to pull these three sorrow and rage inducing events out and document them over here.)

The TX cops celebrated the Stonewall anniversary by raiding Fort Worth Bars- including the (Queer) Rainbow Lounge

rainbow lounge raid

(picture taken by Chuck Potter, from the Dallas Voice “Instant Tea” blog section)

The “Instant Tea” blog section has ongoing coverage, including a number of accounts and some pictures. Their coverage begins with Raid on Rainbow Lounge. Then, in chronological order, see this page and this second page.

Rather than trying to write a summary, I’m simply going to point readers to articles, blogs, and first person accounts (here, An eyewitness account from the Rainbow Lounge raid, for example)

The blog section also contains an Update on Chad Gibson, injured in Rainbow Lounge raid.

Mainstream ‘news’ coverage-

For what it’s worth here are several Star Telegram articles- Upset Fort Worth residents protest raid on gay nightclub

Witnesses say that police arrived at about 1 a.m. at the Rainbow Lounge on South Jennings Street and arrested seven people. They said one of those arrested suffered a fractured skull during the takedown and is at a Fort Worth hospital.
Fort Worth police released a statement Sunday that the Rainbow Lounge was not the only bar targeted by six Fort Worth police officers and two agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and a supervisor. The group first went to the Rosedale Saloon and Cowboy Palace on Rosedale Street. Nine people were arrested, police report.
Demonstrators protest police raid on gay bar

Dozens protest ‘violent’ raid of FW gay bar

rainbow lounge

Queer Media-

On Top Magazine-
Patrons Allege Abuse In Ft. Worth Gay Bar Raid

Fort Worth Police Statement Concerning “Rainbow Lounge” Raid

Councilman Joel Burns Statement Concerning “Rainbow Lounge” Raid

From the Blogs-

kenneth in the (212)-
Stonewall Revisited?
The patron said: “It felt so very Stonewall, but without the standing up for ourselves.”


Gays in Texas Arrested for Public Intoxication in Stonewall-Style Raid

The Petrelis Files-

Cops Raid Texas Gay Bar on Pride Sunday; Protest Planned in Ft. Worth

The Stranger/SLOG-
“It felt so very stonewall, but without the standing up for ourselves.

America Blog-

Fort Worth Gay Bar raided — on 40th anniversary of Stonewall

There are also a few diaries on the Daily Kos, this one has made the rec list-

Breaking: Raid on Fort Worth Gay Bar (Update x6)


And naturally, what passes for fucking “Activism” these days is a group on facebook-

Facebook page: Rainbow Lounge Raid.

Vicious Anti-Queer Assault in NYC Leaves Joe Holladay Bloodied, Beaten

Village Voice-
Gay-Bashed on Pride Weekend on the Upper East Side (Updated)
Joe Holladay

Pride Weekend Anti-Gay Assault in NYC Leaves Man Bloodied, Beaten

The arson at Twin Peaks (San Francisco)

SF’s Pink Triangle Burned, Possibly Vandalized
(see connected video with the segment at the right hand side of the page)

burnedpink triangle

pink triangle close up
(photos KPIX CBS channel 5)

Also be sure to see the Pink Triangle homepage explaining the meaning behind the annual display, it serves as an

annual commemoration of the gay victims of the Holocaust and a reminder of the on-going inhumanity to repressed minorities going on now around the world
The Petrelis Files-
SF Pink Triangle Burned on Pride Sunday

Perhaps when so called “Gay Rights Advocates” meet with Obama tomorrow they might care to mention the (literal) burning hatred we still face, and 40 years on, the violence and bullshit we still endure., not that I expect anything out of this White House, but those with access have a moral obligation to hold his feet to the fire, (so to speak.)