Sunday, June 28, 2009

World's Largest Gay Church Decries Actions of Fort Worth Police

BACKSTORY: Fort Worth cops stage Stonewall-anniversary raid on gay bar

World's Largest Gay Church Decries Actions of Fort Worth Police
Dallas-based Cathedral of Hope calls raid "unacceptable"

DALLAS, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Dallas, Texas-based Cathedral of Hope, known as the world's largest lesbian and gay church, has issued the following statement regarding the raid on the Rainbow Lounge early this morning by the Fort Worth Police Department:

June 28 is celebrated throughout the United States and elsewhere as the beginning of the lesbian and gay civil rights movement in this country. Surely this did not escape the knowledge of the Fort Worth Police Department as they raided the Rainbow Lounge early this morning. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village 40 years ago, the police reportedly entered the bar unprovoked, harassing and arresting patrons without reason. The Cathedral of Hope and Hope for Peace & Justice call on Chief of Police Jeffrey Halstead to issue a full report and apology immediately. This kind of targeted humiliation and harassment was unacceptable 40 years ago, and it is unacceptable today. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their friends, families and allies have had enough.....

Update: Potter and others are planning a protest of the raid this evening, according to the Voice blog. Follow @DallasVoice on Twitter for the latest details.

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