Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Guards at a Chico's Tacos on the East Side ejected a group of gay men from the restaurant because two were kissing, police said Wednesday.Read the whole story here.
"It was a simple kiss on the lips," said Carlos Diaz de Leon, who called police when he feared he and his group were targets of discrimination after his friends, both men, kissed in public.
At about 12:30 a.m. on the morning of June 29, the five men were placing their order at the Chico's Tacos on Montwood when the two men made their public display of affection, sparking the ire of two contracted security guards at the restaurant, police and witnesses said. After the group sat down, the security guards told them "they didn't allow that faggot stuff to go on there," and made them leave, de Leon said.
An officer arrived at the restaurant about an hour later, after police received five calls, including from the security guards and de Leon. The men were told to leave the restaurant and had anti-gay slurs directed at them while they waited for the police.
Now, need any more proof of that second-class citizenship? How many straight couples have been ejected from a restaurant for kissing? I am waiting for the answer!
The petitions will have to be verified by the state prior to any action, however the group calling itself, Stand for Marriage Maine, is continuing to gather signatures.
This is another Prop 8 in the making and the LGBT community and its allies need to handle this one with more expertise than the California mess. Might I suggest not sitting around and hoping the voters will come to their senses? A strong push needs to be made to convince Maine residents that LGBT rights are Human Rights.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
X-Men spinoff comic X-Factor features a kiss between two male characters in its 45th issue that has set the comic world on its ink and newsprint ear. The characters Ricktor and Shatterstar share a kiss after what has been a long and tense relationship.
I am not a comic fan myself, but if you are, feel free to comment on your impressions and give me some background on these two.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The police riot at the Rainbow Lounge is not going away. About 150 people gathered last Sunday in Sundance Square in Ft. Worth, Texas to make sure that didn't happen.
It was a patriotic event worthy of the 4th of July weekend. Free speech is a founding principal of our country and that is what the Milk Box actions, named after gay activist Harvey Milk, are about.
Speakers included an eyewittness to the police and TABC actions that night. He assured the crowd that excessive force was used and that the injuries sustained by Chad Gibson were a result of excessive force from the TABC.
Keeping this event in the media and minds of elected officials has resutlted in some action. Investigations are being called fro by not only the Ft. Worth police but by the Mayor and other officials. Protests do work!
Of course the whole scene was a bit strange. A real protest for sure, but the strains of piano bar music drifting through Sundance Square gave it a surrealistic edge. I chalk that up to it being in Fort Worth. Cowtown has always had a special sense of culture and style!
Next Sunday, another protest is planned for the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse. The event will start at 7:00pm and should be even beter attended than the last. Be there!
(Photo Courtesy of Neko and Oblivion Images)