The Dallas Police Department makes national news for its crackdown on a gay bathhouse

The Dallas Police Department has officially made national news for its raid 10 days ago of The Club Dallas, the gay bathhouse in Deep Ellum, which resulted in 11 arrests on charges including public lewdness and indecent exposure.

Towleroad, Queerty and Joe.My.God., which could easily be called “the big three” of national gay news blogs, have all posted items about the raid. Their posts are for the most part straightforward, but Joe Jervis at Joe.My.God. raises a good question: “Interesting that this took place weeks before an election, eh?”

Instant Tea has long heard that these types of vice operations tend to occur shortly before elections, but we’re still not quite sure why. Presumably the incumbents want to show that they’re tough on crime and extra-tough on sex-related offenses. But city elections aren’t until May. Do you mean to tell us that this raid was designed to help Gov. Rick Perry?

Here’s another good question to ask now that the story has made national news: Does publicity about the raid help or hurt Dallas? Discuss.

UPDATE: Not sure why it didn’t occur to us before, but of course the Dallas County district attorney is up for re-election in November. Is it at all possible that Craig Watkins was behind this raid?

—  John Wright

Query • 09.03.10

How should we respond when someone who has been an anti-gay activist comes out?

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Tiffany Brown — “Good question. It is a love/hate relationship.”

Brian Hudson — “Applaud them! If we reject them it will cause others in the closet to retreat further inside.”

Chris Reed — “With support and not taking petty shots.”

Felipe Gutierrez — “I understand the support part to ensure that others come out. However they don’t have my support.”

Jen Jones — “You can support them for coming out of the closet. You still don’t have to vote for them.”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 3, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens