Quick – let’s get David Carter to write the “definitive and comprehensive” account of this police raid too. We wouldn’t want any non-straight-acting-gay-male-approved personages to swish their way into the historical record, now would we?
From Pam’s House Blend:
Is this what the police in Fort Worth, TX call “Stonewall Commemoration”? A gay club called the Rainbow Lounge opened in the city and Todd Camp, the founder of Q Cinema and former reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, was celebrating his birthday at the club and two Stonewall docs were being screened.That evening the Fort Worth Police decided to pay a visit and re-enact good-old-fashioned “law enforcement.”
An eyewitness said that she was initially pleased to see the police, thinking they were there to protect patrons since the bar was in a rough part of town. That quickly changed.
She asked why they were there and he said a disgruntled employee had said that the bar was overserving people. She told him she had been drinking but that she had a designated driver. He told her that she was fine. She said they only arrested men and seemed to be targeting effeminate men.
From the Dallas Voice blog:
Just got an e-mail from “Robert H” who said he was at the Rainbow Longe last night when the police arrived with “a paddy wagon … looking for touble.”
He said he and his friends were sitting on the patio and “nobody was being wild out there” when the police “came through with flashlights being loud” and “took one guy away.”
He said he left shortly thereafter and at the front door “numerous cops were there with plastic handcuffs all ready to go” and that “it wasn’t fire hazard crowded or seedy wild” in the bar.
He said friends called him later and that they were harassed in the bar and that the straight girl in their group “who was nowhere near drunk who got grabbed by the arm, but the worst part is they said they [the cops] had numerous people face down on the ground outside.”
He wrote: “It felt so very Stonewall, but without the standing up for ourselves.”
Maybe the bar needed a Puerto Rican trans woman as a designated resistance-igniter.
A different posting on the blog notes:
I got a phone call at 3 this morning from Todd Camp, the founder of Q Cinema and former reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It was Camp’s birthday and the night of a special Q Cinema screening of two Stonewall documentaries… because it was ALSO the 40th anniverary of Stonewall, as anyone knows.
Except, apparently, the Fort Worth PD.
Or maybe worse, they DID know and wanted to make a point.
The horrific details after the jump.
According to Camp, the newly-opened Rainbow Lounge is “the only cool gay bar in town”….
OK – now, I’ve been to “cool” gay bars and other establishments that were trans-friendly, but I am left to wonder what the definition of “cool” here is. Still, lets not forget that the villians here are whoever decided to go roust the queers for no real reason other than to apparently send a message.