One year ago yesterday - coincidentally, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - the Fort Worth Police and agents from the the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) raided the Rainbow Lounge, a newly opened gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas. Several customers were arrested for public intoxication and one customer received a severe head and brain injury while in custody. The police also claimed the customers made sexual advances and contact with them. Other customers were detained and later released without arrest.
Yesterday , the Fort Worth police once again came to the Rainbow Lounge - only this time by invitation, for a barbecue dinner. Because that's what we do here in Texas. While people in other parts of the country might break bread together - we consume barbecue together, preferably in large quantities. And this happened in the midst of one of the reddest parts of a very red state.
It was, at times, a tumultuous journey to get to where they are today. There were angry protesters. Members of both the Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission were fired. The Fort Worth police department named their first ever LGBT liason.
But, it got me to wondering. Maybe we should just start inviting the James Dobson's, The Jesse Helm's, the Sally Kerns, the Orson Scott Cards of the world to a big barbecue. The purpose being to put aside our differences and to celebrate our similarities.
Any takers ???
And let me tell just say - I can smoke a mean brisket; and, I have my own recipe for a Texas BBQ sauce that is to die for.