Tag Archives: Fort Worth

TEXAS: Fort Worth To Extend Same-Sex Spousal Benefits To City Employees

Via Fort Worth’s CBS affiliate: Fort Worth police Cpl. Tracey Knight, it is a life-changing decision. “When I got the news last night,” she said, pausing, tears in her eyes… “When I got the news last night, it was very emotional.” The news that has Knight, all choked up came from a memo sent Wednesday to all Fort Worth city ...

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TEXAS: Fort Worth Seeks Gay Cops

(Tipped by JMG reader Alan)

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SLIDESHOW: Houston Meet-Up

We had a great turnout of handsome guys for the JMG meetup in Houston last night! Too many names to remember, save the very notable presence of openly gay Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns, whose poignant anti-bullying video went globally viral in October 2010. Fantastic to meet him and all of the rest of you! Also: Ow, my head! Thanks ...

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FORT WORTH: Teacher Claims Suspended Student Had Been Harassing Him

Finally we get the other side of the story in the case of the Fort Worth high school student allegedly suspended merely for saying he finds homosexuality morally wrong. A spokesman for an LGBT teachers organization reports in the Dallas Voice: He [the class teacher] reports (and has reported to his school) repeated acts of anti-gay harassment by several students ...

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FORT WORTH: Student Suspended For Saying Homosexuality Is Wrong

Free Republic and similar sites are going ballistic over the news that a Fort Worth high school student was suspended for telling another student that he believes that “homosexuality is wrong.”

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TEXAS: Fort Worth Recommends $400K Payoff To Man Injured In Gay Bar Raid

After the Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission staged a widely criticized raid of the Rainbow Lounge in June 2009, authorities from both organizations admitted wrongdoings that resulted in the firings of three TABC officers and a rewriting of the rules regarding nightclub raids. Now the Fort Worth city attorneys are recommending a $400,000 settlement with Chad ...

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Fort Worth Bans Atheism Bus Ads

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Dallas Morning News Names Joel Burns Finalist For “Texan Of The Year”

The Dallas Morning News has named openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns as a finalist for their annual Texan Of The Year award. Burns gained national attention for his heartfelt and heartbreaking “It Gets Better” message delivered from his seat during a city council meeting in October. From an editorial in today’s paper: Joel Burns was the picture ...

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FORT WORTH: Christian Group Chases City Buses With Atheist Message

In a public transit atheism campaign now becoming familiar around the country, some Fort Worth city buses bear a billboard declaring “Millions Of People Are Good Without God.” That has pissed off some local Christians, who are now chasing the buses around their routes with a message of their own. “We want to tell people they are not alone,” said ...

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Win Ft. Worth City Councilman Joel Burn’s Boxers: Proceeds Benefit Trevor Project

Openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns writes to direct us to an online raffle for the boxer shorts given him by Ellen DeGeneres when he appeared to speak about his heart-wrenching video about LGBT bullying. Raffle tickets are only $5 each and all proceeds go to the Trevor Project! But do it right now because the winner will ...

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Joel Burn’s Husband Joins Him On MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Show

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Openly Gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns Speaks To Ellen DeGeneres

(Via – Victory Fund) RELATED: Burns has posted a YouTube message about his experience on the show. “You know you’re a redneck when your mom is more excited about meeting Jeff Foxworthy than Ellen DeGeneres.”

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Thomas Roberts Interviews Openly Gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns

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Openly Gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns – It Gets Better

Openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns broke down in tears last night as he related his own bullying at the hands of anti-gay teens while in high school. Watch this. But grab a tissue first. (Tipped by JMG reader SharonTX)

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OUTRAGEOUS: Fort Worth Police Press Charges Against Rainbow Lounge Patrons

After the Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission staged a widely criticized raid of the Rainbow Lounge last June, authorities from both organizations admitted wrongdoings that resulted in the firings of three TABC officers and a rewriting of the rules regarding nightclub raids. But despite all of that and an abject apology to the gay community from ...

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Near Violence Outside City Hall As Fort Worth Adds Transgender Protections

After heated debate, last night the Fort Worth City Council voted 6-3 to expand employment discrimination protections to include transgender persons. Outside the building, pro and anti-gay activists clashed and nearly came to blows. Reportedly, the city’s human relations committee was working on adding transgender protections before the recent embarrassment over the Rainbow Lounge raid. More than 200 people packed ...

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TABC Fires Three Agents Involved In Gay Bar Raid

The Dallas Voice is reporting that the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission has fired two agents and their supervising sergeant in the wake of public outrage over their brutal handling of a raid on the Rainbow Lounge. Other agents have been suspended or been issued written reprimands. The TABC is also rewriting its rules for bar inspections and has changed the ...

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Rainbow Lounge Fallout: Fort Worth Cops Rewrite Rules On Bar Raids

After enduring a firestorm of criticism and demonstrations over their violent raid of the Rainbow Lounge, Fort Worth police are completely revising their rules on conducting inspections of nightclubs. The Fort Worth police chief said Tuesday that he is revising bar inspection policies in the wake of a raid on a gay bar that left one customer seriously injured and ...

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Numerous Violations Found In Raid Of Forth Worth’s Rainbow Lounge

The investigation of the raid of Fort Worth’s Rainbow Lounge has uncovered numerous violations of procedures and the involved TABC agents and their superiors will likely face discipline. “There were so many violations that one could readily assert that they had no business walking through the door,” said state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, who met with Texas Alcoholic Beverage ...

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TABC Chief: We Messed Up

The head of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission yesterday admitted that his agents violated their own procedures in their raid of the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth. The Dallas Voice has an exclusive interview: The administrator of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said this week that two TABC agents involved in a raid of the Rainbow Lounge on June 28 ...

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