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2 dub-goers attacked near
Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth
Two club-goers were attacked over the weekend
near Fort Worth’s gay clubs on South Jennings Av-
CpI. Tracey Knight, LGBT liaison for the Fort
Worth police, said two men reported being at-
tacked near the Rainbow Lounge at 651 S. Jen-
nings Ave. and Club Reflections, 604 S. Jennings
Ave. on Friday Aug. 16.
Knight said the men were approached by four to
five black men between the ages of 20 and 25
while walking to or leaving the clubs at 2:30 a.m. on
Friday morning and the other at 10:45 p.m. that
During one assault, the men tried to take the
man’s cell phone. Both suffered cuts and bruises
with one requiring stitches.
Knight said there isn’t evidence of the attacks
being hate crimes, but police have added extra pa-
trol around the area and are still investigating them.
“The Fort Worth Police Department is taking pre-
cautions to keep citizens safe, as well as making
bar staff and patrons aware of these incidents,”
Knight said she has already spoken to Fort
Worth police Chief Jeffrey Halstead about the at-
tacks, as well as openly gay Fort Worth Councilman
Joel Burns, whose district includes the area. She
said people should remain aware of their surround-
ings when going out.
“As always, people should be aware of their sur-
roundings, park in well lit areas and walk in groups
or pairs,” Knight said. “Personal safety should al-
ways be taken seriously but especially so when you
are in a known LGBT area, unfortunately this is the
world we live in.”
Anyone with information regarding these inci-
dents should contact Knight at tracey.knight@fort-
— Anna Waugh
Austin ISD reveals plan to offer
same-sex partner benefits
Austin Independent School District revealed its
“plus one” employee benefits plan this week that
will go into effect in the fall.
AiSD announced in March that the district would
offer domestic partner benefits to its employees
next school year. But legislation was later intro-
duced in Austin to cut state funding for school dis-
tricts that offered DP benefits. The legislation never
made it to the House floor for a vote.
AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen an-
nounced Wednesday that the district’s “plus one”
plan will provide benefits to a “qualifying individual,”
according to a release from Equality Texas.
The eligibility criteria will allow for the inclusion of
same-sex partners of district employees.
Equality Texas has been working with the Austin
district on this issue since May, following Attorney
General Greg Abbott’s opinion that DP benefits vio-
late the state’s constitutional marriage amendment.
“Equality Texas is proud to have been a resource
to the Austin ISD,” Equality Texas Executive Director
Chuck Smith said in a statement. “These plans are
a simple way for employers to offer competitive
benefits while also treating their employees fairly
and remaining in compliance with the laws and
constitution of the state.”
Meanwhile in Dallas, where DART has continued
to delay discussion on its proposed benefits plan for
same-sex partners, DART’s administrative commit-
tee will resume discussion on the topic on Aug. 27.
— Anna Waugh
Former Dallasite'Prison Break'
star Wentworth Miller comes out
When the TV show Prison Break was filming in
North Texas for two seasons, I had the opportunity
to meet and interview the show’s star, Wentworth
Miller, on three occasions for TV Guide. And on
each occasion, my gaydar went off. So when I read
Thursday that Miller had come out as gay to protest
the treatment of gays in Russia, I can’t say it came
as a shock. But it delighted me nonetheless.
Miller hasn’t been much in evidence in recent
years as an actor, though he has a hand as a writer
for the recent art-house film Stoker. He’s just the lat-
est person this month to come out for political rea-
I’m happy for Miller. But I’m even happier my
gaydar wasn’t off.
— Arnold Wayne Jones
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