Jacquielynn Floyd at the DMN gets it right

Posted on 10 Aug 2009 at 11:17am

Ever since the joint TABC/FWPD raid on the Rainbow Lounge on June 28, people in the LGBT community have been outraged over the police reports indicating that patrons in the bar made “sexually suggestive movements” toward officers and that Chad Gibson — the guy who ended up in ICU with a brain hemorrhage — groped an officer.

We in the LGBT community know the “gay panic” or “trans panic” defense when we see it. And we know it’s B.S. Which is one reason the LGBT community has been so angry over this whole thing.

But the non-LGBT community, at least in this instance, just doesn’t seem to get it. Except for Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd.

In a column on the DMN site posted today, Floyd says: “there’s something odd and disturbing about the official version of events submitted by the Fort Worth police officers at the scene. Yes, I mean the creepy “groping” allegation.”

She also writes: “There’s an ugly and unprofessional whiff of ‘gay panic’ about the police report, which seems to say, ‘We didn’t use excessive force. But if we did, how can you blame us? We were groped by gay men!’ Even if the groping tale were true, would it excuse breaking somebody’s head? If women got a pass for cracking the skull of any man who made an unwelcome pass in a bar, there would be an alarming rise in the incidence of head injuries.”

Yes, it’s been more than a month since the Rainbow Lounge raid occurred. And yes, we would have liked to see someone in the mainstream press point out the “gay panic” thing a little earlier. But Ms. Floyd has done it now, and I, for one, am glad she did.

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