This weekend in Fort Worth, TX, police raided a gay bar and arrested seven customers for public intoxication. Arresting people for being drunk in a bar sounds like a great use of police resources — there's obviously something more going on here. While the police say they were conducting a typical inspection when some customers made sexual advances toward them, the club owner says that's a lie. Now, locals in the area are continuing to protest the raid.
Coincidentally, this latest raid of a gay bar, which left one man in the hospital with bleeding in his brain after officers threw him to the ground to handcuff him, comes on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. On Saturday June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwhich Village, NYC was raided by police because its customers were gay. Although such raids were common at the time, the patrons resisted and sparked four nights of riots and demonstrations against discrimination.
Today, President Obama will publicly commemorate the uprising, which many consider the beginning of the gay rights movement. Some proponents of equal rights for LGBT Americans say Obama has not put his words of support into action. The weekend's events in Fort Worth adds evidence to their claim that a lot of crucial work must be done in this country to protect the rights and safety of everyone.