BREAKING: Moncrief won’t seek re-election

Mike Moncrief

Mike Moncrief announced today that he won’t seek re-election to a fifth term as mayor of Fort Worth, according to the Star-Telegram.

Possible candidates to replace Moncrief include former councilmembers Cathy Hirt and Jim Lane, as well as Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Betsy Price, according to the Star-Telegram.

Moncrief, of course, has led Fort Worth through the aftermath of the 2009 Rainbow Lounge raid.

The filing period for Fort Worth elections begins Monday.

—  John Wright

Aftermath of last week’s DADT protest at the White House

Scott Wooledge, who was arrested last week along with other GetEqual protesters, at the White House fence, writes about what the protest accomplished.


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What Other Companies Can Learn From The Aftermath Of Caitlin Breedlove’s Shopping Center Ouster

Here's what I love most about (what happened after) Caitlin Breedlove got kicked out of a North Carolina shopping center for holding hands with and kissing her girlfriend: York Properties, the management company of Raleigh's Cameron Village, not only publicly apologized but met with Breedlove and asked what they could do to make the situation right. "York Properties gave us everything we wanted," she tells Joy Behar, adding "it's important to tell that part of the story." She's right.


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Prop 8 Aftermath- And Now We Wait.

  More than a little tired today, Blenders… so a really quick post, as well as a very grateful shout-out to my kid Keori, for posting the video of NOM’s Brian Brown discussing “Perry”, while Mamma was on her 200 plus mile errand of mercy yesterday… and for calling me with updates of Judge Walker’s ruling while I was on the road.

Before I forget, looky whose photo is now on the front of Servicemembers United’s “Campaign For Military Partners” page! Thanks to Alex Nicholson for letting us know… and Keori for this photo.

Here is an important link to all video evidence, documentation and depositions in Perry vs. Scwarzenegger. Have fun pawing through it all!

And just because:

Pam’s House Blend – Front Page

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‘Jubilant’ reaction to Prop. 8 and an ‘Agitated’ response to its political aftermath

Newsweek posted some reactions to the Prop. 8 decision. You might recognize a couple of them:


Don’t take this as gloating, gay blogger Alvin McEwen writes, but it’s pretty clear that Prop 8 was overturned because the claims of supporters, though effective in scaring paranoid voters, simply don’t withstand the scrutiny of the judicial system.

Alvin McEwen:

“In the courts, you must defend your position … Your leaders spun false images of avenging hordes for their reluctance to be questioned in the courts about the unprovoked lies they said in pulpits, in speeches, and on commercials. This time, it didn’t work. The court saw through the phony claims and realized something, which I hope that many of you now do—you have no logical reason to either deny us the right to love or to deny us the ability to protect the ones whom we love.”

Alvin McEwen, Pam’s House Blend

If you don’t know my friend, Alvin, you should. He keeps track of the right-wing’s anti-gay rhetoric and calls them out on their lies all the time. Besides writing at the Blend, he’s got his own blog: Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters.



Like many advocates, gay journalist John Aravosis of the progressive AmericaBlog isn’t buying the White House’s statement on the ruling, which says Obama opposes both Prop 8 and gay marriage. The time for wishy-washy equivocating is over.

John Aravosis:

“Did the White House just say that they agreed with the federal court’s reasoning that ‘no rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.’ Really? I doubt it. I think the White House just tried to have its cake and eat it too—sound supportive, but not dare embrace the decision itself … It’s time for the White House to answer the question, do they agree with the ruling or not?”

John Aravosis, AmericaBlog

That “agitation” from John was before we heard what David Axelrod on Thursday morning:

The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control. He’s supports civil unions, and that’s been his position throughout. So nothing has changed.

That’s so wrong. A lot has changed, much of it because of Prop. 8. There’s going to be a lot more agitation if Obama keeps defending separate, but equal for LGBT Americans.


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Rainbow Lounge to mark anniversary of raid with party Monday

Rally protesting Rainbow Lounge raid
Within hours of Fort Worth police and TABC agents raiding the Rainbow Lounge on July 28, 2009 — the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots — angry LGBT people and allies staged a protest outside the nightclub.

Monday, June 28 will be the one-year anniversary of the raid on the Rainbow Lounge, and the club will mark the date with a barbecue party, plus a meet-and-greet with Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead and about 20 of his officers, including the deputy chief and beat officers for the area.

The party is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Rainbow Lounge patio, 651 S. Jennings, and the first 125 people to get there will get barbecue and soft drinks.

A whole lot has changed in Fort Worth in the 12 months since two agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and several FWPD officers raided the then-newly-opened gay bar on the 40th anniversary — almost to the minute — of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York. Watch the July 2 issue of Dallas Voice for a story on those changes.

We have had TONS and TONS of coverage of the raid and its aftermath. Here is one of our earliest stories.

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