Gun Barrel City mayor stops police harassment at gay bar

GarlowsEmployees of Garlows, a gay bar located on Cedar Creek Lake about 60 miles southeast of Dallas, said police surveillance of the bar had been going on for several weeks before a number of patrons were stopped by police on April 5. Several were arrested for DUI. The bar’s owner was arrested for public intoxication while he was walking home.

Retired Dallas Voice reporter David Webb reported:

On April 5, following a drag show at the gay bar, patrons leaving the bar met as many as five squad cars sitting outside of the bar. Drivers who failed to signal whether they were turning left or right were stopped, according to sources at the scene. Several DUI arrests were made. One squad car followed the operator of the bar as he attempted to walk home and and handcuffed and jailed him on a charge of public intoxication, allegedly without testing him for intoxication.

Gun Barrel City mayor Paul Eaton told Webb surveillance would end immediately, saying he acted as soon as he heard about it.

Cedar Creek Lake has been home to LGBT retirees and weekend home owners for several decades. Garlows, in GBC, is the second gay bar in the area. Also, Celebration Church on the Lake, founded with help from Celebration Church in Fort Worth, has a large LGBT membership and is located in nearby Mabank.

David’s full report is here.

 

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Is this a gay drunken driving PSA?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been running a series of ads showing a “shadow” cop observing people who have been drinking get in a car, drive and get arrested for drunken driving. (Oddly, the cop always lets them turn on the car, rather than prevent a tragedy by arresting them first. Smells like entrapment to me. Moving on …) There are several ads, including a girl-guy couple stumbling home. But I am most curious about this one, in which four … umm… “buddies” get behind the wheel. Look at the body language and the touchy-feely way they each cling to one other… and the complete absence of any women in the spot.

Is the NHTSA suggesting gays are drunks who engage in dangerous activities, including un-safe orgies? Is this just more Republican propaganda aimed at demonizing the gay community?!?!?  Of course not, don’t be ignorant. But it is kinda, well, sexy. Watch:

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

George Michael came out today — of prison

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The Associated Press reported that George Michael has been released today after serving close to a month in jail for possession and DUI. How time flies. This is what AP said.

The wayward singer was released from jail Monday after serving almost four weeks for driving under the influence of drugs.

Michael thanked those who had supported him while he was jailed and said outside his north London home: “I just want to start again.”

The former Wham! singer received an eight-week sentence on Sept. 14 for crashing his car into a London photo shop in July while high on prescription drugs and marijuana.

The judge ordered Michael to serve four weeks of the sentence in prison and the rest on parole.

The musician, whose hits include “Faith” and “Freedom 90,” also received a 1,250 pound (about $2,000) fine and lost his driver’s license for five years.

I speculate a “Freedom 2010″ single.

—  Rich Lopez

Homophobic gay California senator gets jail

Sen. Roy Ashburn
Sen. Roy Ashburn

Sen. Roy Ashburn, the homophobic gay state senator from California, was sentenced today for his drunk driving arrest.

He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two days in jail and three years probation. He will pay court costs and fines of about $2,000 and attend a mandatory first offender DUI program. His driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days.

After his drunk driving arrest, Ashburn admitted to being gay. He has a consistent anti-LGBT voting record. He is not running for reelection.

—  David Taffet