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Stonewall Uprising: Past and Present

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.

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sloane220 sloane220 8 years
@barstar- really? what are the other cases of police going into a bar and arresting people INSIDE the bar for public intoxication for (homosexual)sexual advances and ended up slamming someone so hard into the ground they had bleeding in their brain? there is an element of homophobia here and i resent you denying it. this is obviously a case of the police abusing their power, like they constantly do, and using excessive force when confronted with homosexuality. lgbt people constantly dread calling the police because you don't know if you'll come across the homophobic jack*ss of officer who going to make whatever situation you're in worse, or in this case, a group of them.
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
Did you know that to this day gay pride events in Germany and Switzerland are called Christopher Street Day (CSD for short)?
BarStar BarStar 8 years
I totally agree that arresting people in a bar for being intoxicated is dumb. But living in Dallas and having heard and read several news reports about this, I think someone needs to point out that the Fort Worth police apparently do this all the time in all kinds of bars, gay and straight. It's been reported that two other bars were raided the same night and this newly-opened gay bar was on the schedule for a routine inspection by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. And several city officials have already called for a thorough investigation of what happened that night. I'm 100% against abuse of power and excessive use of force by police, but I think it's fair to these officers to find out what really went on before we go around pointing fingers and saying there's "obviously something more going on here." Frankly, I'm disappointed in how Tressugar presented this story. Yes, it needs to be reported. But I would expect it to be reported with objectivity, in a way that's meant to promote conversation, and not with such bias and exaggeration. The police officers are just as human as the bar patrons--neither is a monster just for being who he is and both deserve to have their side of the story heard.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I don't think it makes any sense to arrest someone for public intoxication IN a bar. Sounds like bored cops to me.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
What's interesting/weird is that I live in Dallas and didn't hear anything about this 'til I got on CNN this morning. If it was a big scandal or something, I feel like the gays would have been discussing it for sure when we were out Saturday or last night!
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