Sep 7, 2011 ozmelb commented on Fort Worth Police Chief: That Faggot Had It Coming.
I am an Australian who was coming to Forth Worth for the upcoming Pride Celebrations.

I have been reading with concern the information about the assault at the Rainbow lounge - not only the extent of the assault but also how it came to occur.

I find it both disturbing and extreme that such violence can occur within the realms of a modern U.S City with such disdain from so many in official office.

I love visiting the USA with all its cultural differences and the freedom we so often speak of these days. Especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up.

I cant help but wonder how much hatred and or extreme discrimination there is in place to make / allow this type of situation to occur. I have travelled to many cities in the USA and never been subjected to any issues, but I must admit that reading the articles about this incident make me question whether Dallas / Fort Worth is a place worth visiting other than to support the local gay community. Certainly I would not want to subject myself to the type of discrimination and "abuse" that seems to have taken place.

The events at Stonewall (which I am sure you are aware of) took place nearly 40 years ago. Has nothing been learnt from that or in the time since ? Maybe the Police Chief should attend Sydneys Mardi Gras Parade & Party to see how the Police there seem to control the extremely large crowd with respect and very little issue.

Certainly the day to day affairs of a (gay) bar need to be "controlled" but - walk throughs ? Police inspections? Do the brothels of the city and the food outlet places have as stringent inspections and controls and receive the same amount of discrimination or moral persecution ? I suggest maybe not ? Remembering - it is the USA - not Russia or some Taliban controlled region.

It saddens me to read of these issues still occurring anywhere. I was looking forward to seeing all the big hats and the Rodeo events, but, not at the expense of threat to my personal safety by those in authority, when I am only looking to enjoy myself responsibly.

I hope that you are able to move forward with this issue to enable it to become a positive force for the future.

Seeking justice and equality.
With regards and Concern

P J

sent to the local mayor and councillors / chamber of commerce

Melbourne / Australia
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Sep 7, 2011 ozmelb commented on Fort Worth Police Chief: That Faggot Had It Coming.
I am an Australian who was coming to Forth Worth for the upcoming Pride Celebrations.

I have been reading with concern the information about the assault at the Rainbow lounge - not only the extent of the assault but also how it came to occur.

I find it both disturbing and extreme that such violence can occur within the realms of a modern U.S City with such disdain from so many in official office.

I love visiting the USA with all its cultural differences and the freedom we so often speak of these days. Especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up.

I cant help but wonder how much hatred and or extreme discrimination there is in place to make / allow this type of situation to occur. I have travelled to many cities in the USA and never been subjected to any issues, but I must admit that reading the articles about this incident make me question whether Dallas / Fort Worth is a place worth visiting other than to support the local gay community. Certainly I would not want to subject myself to the type of discrimination and "abuse" that seems to have taken place.

The events at Stonewall (which I am sure you are aware of) took place nearly 40 years ago. Has nothing been learnt from that or in the time since ? Maybe the Police Chief should attend Sydneys Mardi Gras Parade & Party to see how the Police there seem to control the extremely large crowd with respect and very little issue.

Certainly the day to day affairs of a (gay) bar need to be "controlled" but - walk throughs ? Police inspections? Do the brothels of the city and the food outlet places have as stringent inspections and controls and receive the same amount of discrimination or moral persecution ? I suggest maybe not ? Remembering - it is the USA - not Russia or some Taliban controlled region.

It saddens me to read of these issues still occurring anywhere. I was looking forward to seeing all the big hats and the Rodeo events, but, not at the expense of threat to my personal safety by those in authority, when I am only looking to enjoy myself responsibly.

I hope that you are able to move forward with this issue to enable it to become a positive force for the future.

Seeking justice and equality.
With regards and Concern

P J

sent to the local mayor and councillors / chamber of commerce

Melbourne / Australia
More...