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Demonstrators Protest Ft. Worth Bar Raid

Jim Burroway

June 29th, 2009
People gathered on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse Sunday, June 28 — the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion -- to protest a police raid on a Fort Worth gay bar. (Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice)

People gathered on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse Sunday, June 28 — the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion — to protest a police raid on a Fort Worth gay bar. (Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice)

The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram repoted that about a hundred people protested yesterday in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse to protest the raid Saturday night on the newly-opened Rainbow Lounge. The Dallas Voice puts the crowd’s size at 150 to 200. In either case, turnout was likely dampened due to the fact that a much larger rally with thousands of people was already taking place in neighboring Dallas to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. Joel Burns, Fort Worth’s first and only openly gay City Council member, raced back to Ft. Worth from Houston to attend the protest at the court house:

“We want all citizens of Texas and Fort Worth to know and be assured that the laws of ordinances of our great state and city will be applied fairly, equally and without malice or selective enforcement,” Burns said at the rally, reading from a prepared statement.

“We consider this to be part of ‘The Fort Worth Way’ here. As elected representatives of the city of Fort Worth, we are calling for an immediate and thorough investigation of the actions of the city of Fort Worth police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in relation to the incident at the Rainbow Lounge earlier this morning,” Burns said.

…Noting that the rainbow Lounge raid came on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, Burns said at the rally, “Unlike 40 years ago, though, the people of this community have elective representation that will make sure our government is accountable and that the rights of all its citizens are protected.”

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Tisha
June 29th, 2009 | LINK

Hi! I am one of the organizers for the Dallas march/rally. We announced the FTW protest several times at our rally in Dallas and most of the organizers/leaders of the march went straight to FTW afterwards. I was completely exhausted but it was so worth it. This was a awesome turnout for such a impromptu protest. I am proud of Fort Worth and Dallas is behind you all the way!

Penguinsaur
June 29th, 2009 | LINK

You can tell that pictures from Texas, like a third of those protest signs are in Spanish.

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