Rainbow Lounge announces new location

The Rainbow Lounge has found a new home. Check their Facebook page for updates.

“Rainbow lounge of Fort Worth is excited to announce our new home Address 212 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, Tx, 76104. Old converted warehouses make beautiful bars. Located next to the Twilight Lounge. We apologize it’s taken so long, but these things take time. We should be up and running in a couple of months. We will keep everyone posted.”

 

—  Tammye Nash

PHOTOS: The fire at Rainbow Lounge and what it left behind

Photos of the 3 a.m. fire that destroyed Fort Worth’s iconic Rainbow Lounge, by Peter Matthews.

 

Photos of what the fire left behind, by Tammye Nash

—  Tammye Nash

VIDEO: Rainbow Lounge fire — the aftermath

This video showing the aftermath of the Rainbow Lounge fire, 651 S. Jennings Ave., in Fort Worth, was shot shortly before 8:30 a.m. today (Thursday, June 1).

Police tape cordoned off the front and south sides of the building. On the north side the police tape blocked off that section of West Hattie Street, also, allowing onlookers no closer than the parking lot outside The Last Word bookstore on the other side of West Hattie. Fort Worth police officers sat in vehicles on Jennings and May Street, which runs parallel to Jennings on the east side.

As the video shows, the roof of the building is completely gone. The brick wall on the south side had already begun to collapse in some places, damaging a car that was left parked next to the building there. Amazingly, the car showed no obvious signs of fire damage. And from what was visible of the side and back patio areas through cracks in the fences and a hole broken in the back fence, those areas also showed little fire damage.

The brick wall on the north side appeared on the verge of collapse; huge cracks criss-crossed the wall, which had bowed outward significantly. Water streamed heavily from between the base of the brick walls and the concrete foundation in several places, and the smell of smoke permeated the air, as people drove by slowly, shooting photos and videos with their phones. Others parked to walk around what remained of the building, with a couple even picking up bricks that had fallen outside the confines of the police tape, souvenirs of what had become an iconic landmark in the history of the LGBT civil rights movement in Texas and the country.

—  Tammye Nash

BREAKING: David Mack Henderson has died

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Fairness Fort Worth President David Mack Henderson has died

The Rev. Carol West has announced the death of David Mack Henderson, longtime activist and president of Fairness Fort Worth.

Henderson, who helped found Fairness Fort Worth in 2009 in the wake of the raid on the Rainbow Lounge, and had been president since August 2013, was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. He announced the diagnosis publicly in October.

West said a memorial service will be held at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania St., Fort Worth, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

Henderson’s career as an activist began in the late 1970s when, as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington, he was the school’s mascot. When school officials found out he was gay, they asked him to resign. But spurred on by the experience of friends who were harassed for being gay, Henderson refused. Instead of resigning, he founded the first LGBT student group on the UTA campus. He also served on the board of the Dallas Gay Alliance board before moving back to his hometown of Fort Worth. This past spring, Henderson led the effort to stave off right-wing forces, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to interfere with Fort Worth Independent School District’s guidelines for interacting with transgender students.

Henderson is survived by his mother, Dr. Janet Henderson, and four young gay men for whom he was a mentor.

 

—  Tammye Nash

Scene • 01.29.16

Making the SCENE the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4:

• Alexandre’s: Filter Kings on Friday. No Label on Saturday. Chris Chism on Wednesday. So Strung Out with Spencer West on Thursday.

• Brick/Joe’s: AIDS Walk South Dallas Benefit Show hosted by Ida Mae Watergate and performances by a variety of special guests at 11 p.m. on Friday.

• Changes: Wall of Food Show at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

• Club Reflection: Imperial Court cookout at 4 p.m. and College of Monarchs Show at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

• Dallas Eagle: Mr. and Ms. Texas Leather contest on Friday and Saturday. United Court of the Lone Star Empire presents Match Game Show on Sunday at 7 p.m.

• JR.’s Bar & Grill: Net Chix Exposed with Krystal and Asia on Tuesday.

• Rainbow Lounge: Freaks & Geeks with Andre, Justin Cider, Buster, Ryder, Andy Skylar, Justin Beaver and Barry at 9 p.m. on Friday.
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• Round-Up Saloon: Purchase a glass for Wine Walk, which benefits security efforts on the Strip outside the bar from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday.

• Sue Ellen’s: Bad Habits on Friday. Tyla Taylor Band on Saturday. Kathy & Bella at 3 p.m. and Jenni Dale Lord Trio at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

• The Rose Room: Kelexis, Cassie, Layla, Roxy Marquis, Krystal, Valerie and Chanel LaMasters on Saturday.

• Urban Cowboy Saloon: Emperor and Empress Choice Show at 8 p.m. on Friday.

• Zippers: Judy Chamberlain jazz at 9 p.m. on Friday.

To view more Scene photos, go to DallasVoice.com/category/photos. Scene Photographers: Winston Lackey and Chad Mantooth.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 29, 2016.

—  Dallasvoice

Jennings Street Fall Festival

The weather has finally cooled down enough to make it seem like fall in North Texas, and the folks on Jennings Street in Fort Worth celebrated last weekend with the 2014 Jennings Street Fall Festival. Dallas Voice staff writer James Russell was on hand to get a few photos of the fun.

—  Tammye Nash

2 club-goers attacked near Rainbow Lounge over weekend

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Two club-goers were attacked over the weekend near Fort Worth’s gay clubs on South Jennings Avenue.

Cpl. Tracey Knight, LGBT liaison for the Fort Worth police, said two men reported being attacked near the Rainbow Lounge at 651 S. Jennings Ave. and Club Reflections, 604 S. Jennings Ave. on Friday.

Knight said the men were approached by four to five black men between the ages of 20 and 25 while walking to or leaving the clubs at 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning and the other at 10:45 p.m. that night.

During one assault, the men tried to take the man’s cell phone. Both suffered cuts and bruises with one requiring stitches.

Knight said there isn’t evidence of the attacks being hate crimes, but police have added extra patrol around the area and are still investigating them.

“The fact that there were similar instances by the same suspects two nights in a row is concerning,” Knight said. “The Fort Worth Police Department is taking precautions to keep citizens safe, as well as making bar staff and patrons aware of these incidents.”

Knight said she has already spoken to Fort Worth police Chief Jeffrey Halstead about the attacks, as well as openly gay Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns, whose district includes the area. She said people should remain aware of their surroundings when going out.

“As always, people should be aware of their surroundings, park in well lit areas and walk in groups or pairs. Personal safety should always be taken seriously but especially so when you are in a known LGBT area, unfortunately this is the world we live in.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should call the Fort Worth Police Department or contact Knight at tracey.knight@fortworthtexas.gov.

—  Dallasvoice

Dancer of the Month: Trey Aaron

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We begin a new monthly photography feature, Dancer of the Month, with an up-close look at Trey Aaron.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Trey is looking to move to Dallas soon and do more of what he likes, such as hanging with friends and perhaps finding a place to swim and play basketball.

You might be able to tell that Trey has Swiss heritage along with some German and Cherokee Indian. But not too many people know that he sings and likes to two-step!

Trey likes a wide variety of music styles and of course loves to dance, which you can find him doing at BJ’s NXS and the Rainbow Lounge.

He’s engaging with customers and fellow dancers and shared this unusual pick-up line: “Is there a cellphone in your pocket? Because that ass is calling me!”

Next time you’re out, say hi to Trey and congratulate him on his recent graduation. More photos below.

—  C Marcelo

Photos and video from last night’s vigil for Tom Anable at the Rainbow Lounge

People who attended the vigil for Tom Anable Wednesday, Aug. 22, signed a photo of him afterward that was given to his family. (Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice)

As overhead lights shimmered across a mourning crowd Wednesday, candles were lit and tears were shed in sorrow and joy while celebrating the energetic and accomplished life of Thomas Anable.

The gay Fort Worth activist was respected in North Texas for his work throughout the Metroplex after the raid on of the Rainbow Lounge, but more than 100 friends who attended a vigil for him Wednesday remembered him as a friend who was funny, charming and, above all, a man who got what he wanted by finding a way to accomplish it.

“He was an anchor,” the Rev. Carol West said. “He was the voice of Fairness Fort Worth.”

West served on the board of FFW with Anable, who was president the past two years after quitting his job and dedicating himself full time to the organization.

Amid the underlying sadness that Anable left this earth too soon after taking his own life last weekend, West said it is time to “celebrate who he was and who he is and who he will always be in our hearts and in our minds.”

Jon Nelson with Fairness Fort Worth addressed the audience with a question of why Anable had devoted himself so fully after the raid, saying he finally found his voice when others couldn’t.

“He joined the fight and I can’t know for sure why he did that, but I think he did that for some of the reasons that you and I have,” Nelson said. “When he saw what he did, when he felt what he did that night, it may have brought back memories, memories that you have still today. The wrongs that were done to you, the wrongs that were done to him.”

Nelson said that Anable’s numerous accomplishments as president were attributed to FFW, but Anable was really the one who made them all happen.

“What he did, and make no mistake, what he did, he did. Not we did, he did,” Nelson said.

Friend Todd Camp said he couldn’t find words after learning of Anable’s death and he still feels lost without him.

“Tom lived his life his way,” Camp said before Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was sung. “And he even left this world his way. Our way, unfortunately, is far more difficult. Our way comes with the challenge of fining meaning in the darkness, continuing a legacy that few could live up to and bringing hope and inspiration to a new generation of activist, allies and leaders.”

The audience then lit candles and listened to a rendition of the song, many holding hands and clinging to each other as they said goodbye to Anable.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Celebration Community Church.

Video and more photos from Wednesday’s vigil below.

—  Dallasvoice

Rainbow Lounge panel to feature FW police chief, TABC captain, Queer LiberAction founder

An “unprecedented” panel discussion focused on the Rainbow Lounge raid and its aftermath will follow a third-anniversary screening of Robert Camina’s documentary film about the raid on Thursday in Dallas.

The panel discussion will feature Fort Worth police Chief Jeffrey Halstead, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Maj. Charlie Cloud, TABC agent and LGBT liaison Leigh Ann Wiggins, Queer LiberAction founder Blake Wilkinson, Fairness Fort Worth spokesman Jon Nelson and Camina himself. The 30-minute panel discussion will be moderated by yours truly.

“I really do think that the panel discussion is unprecedented, where all these people are getting together in one room to talk about it,” Camina said.

Tickets are still available for Thursday’s screening of Camina’s Raid of the Rainbow Lounge at the Magnolia Theater, which will precede the panel discussion. The screening is the third and last scheduled for the award-winning film in Dallas.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the screening begins at 7:30. Those who’ve seen the film but want to attend the panel discussion should arrive by 9 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. Use Coupon Code ETT87D to get a $3 discount. For more on the film, go here.

—  John Wright