Jul 2, 2009
commented on Fort Worth Police Chief: That Faggot Had It Coming
Hey Dan, I'm a long-time fan of your podcast and felt compelled to write in. My name is Todd Camp and I was quoted in your excerpt. I also created and moderate the Facebook page "Rainbow Lounge Raid" which began that night and now has more than 5,500 members. I'd love to talk more with you about the events that night as I'm getting increasingly concerned about the tone of the discussion surrounding these events. I'm very concerned about people painting Texas and, in particular, Fort Worth with a wide brush of homophobia. For the past 11 years, I've served as Artistic Director for Q Cinema, the Fort Worth gay & lesbian film festival, and as a long-time resident, I know that this town is a great place to live and a wonderful place to visit. As a commmunity, we've had a great relationship with the police and TABC in the past which is what makes this event all the more shocking. I have in awe at how our little Facebook page has turned to the attention of the entire world on this event (we here it was even mentioned to Obama during his gay honcho powwow) and we appreciate everyone's anger and desire to see this matter resolved. I only ask that any talk of boycotts or attacks on Texas or the South be avoided at all costs. A boycott will only hurt those of us who've fought so hard to build a community here. I'd be happy to talk more about this if you like. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We've also set up a fund for Chad with information on our Facebook page. Search for "Rainbow Lounge Raid". Thank you so much for adding your voice to this discussion.