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INTERVIEW, Page 20
The Premier Media Source for LGBT Texas
Established 1984 I Volume 26 Issue 33
| Friday, January 1, 2010
LGBT Person of the Year:
Camp was a reluctant midwife when the
Rainbow Lounge raid birthed a new wave of
activism in Fort Worth. But his contributions to
the city's LGBT culture truly make him stand out
ARNOLD WAYNE JONES I Life+Style Editor
The Stonewall Rebellion may have taken place in New
York City, but on the 40th anniversary of the event, the
eyes of the nation — of the world — were focused on
In the early morning hours of June 28, the Fort
Worth Police Department and the Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission raided the Rainbow
Lounge, a newly-opened but already popular gay bar in Cow-
The scene, as described by witnesses, resembled the archive
footage that opened the film "Milk": Cops harassed and humiliated
patrons who were minding their own business, trying to enjoy an
evening out. The confrontation escalated, and one patron was even-
tually hospitalized with a brain injury.
Todd Camp will never forget what he witnessed that night —
and thanks to him, neither will most of the world.
Camp was out that night with friends and his partner Doug
Hopkins, celebrating his 43rd birthday. What he saw stunned him.
A former journalist — for 18 years, he worked at the Fort Worth
Star-Telegram, mostly as a film critic — Camp contacted the media,
his friends, politicians. He knew what he was looking at was not
right. And the word had to get out.
But Camp did more than get the word out; he gave a face and a
I CAMP, Page 15
HOW DID WE DECIDE?
When the Dallas Voice editorial staff sat down to start planning our annual Year in Review issue this year, we all quickly
agreed that we should name a Person of the Year. The difficulty came in deciding who it would be.
We all agreed it would be an LGBT person instead of a straight ally. And we all agreed we wanted a local person in-
stead of some celebrity or national activist figure. And we agreed that it could well be a controversial person — someone
whom everyone agreed had an impact, although everyone might not agree whether the impact was positive or not.
Thanks to an amazingly eventful year, we had plenty of names to choose from. The names of politicians and ac-
tivists immediately sprang to mind, people who shouted in the streets and those who debated quietly in the halls of
power; people who demanded and people who respectfully requested. All of them stood out in some way or another.
But in the end, it was Todd Camp's broad range of impact that made him our unanimous choice.
Camp, who was interviewed for this story but did not know why he was being interviewed, was one of the earli-
est voices being heard after the Rainbow Lounge raid. He helped organize protests within hours of the raid. And
then he participated with Fairness Fort Worth to work with city officials in making changes that needed to be
Add all that on top of the years of service Camp had already put in on Q Cinema and other cultural efforts, and
the sum is a man who, we feel, made North Texas a better place for LGBT people in 2009.
— Tammye Nash, Senior Editor
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