Laura Gilbert, a 25-year-old Alabama lesbian, was attacked at The Villa bar in Opelika, southeast of Birmingham, and says police failed by arresting only her — and not the dozen or so others who were also involved. Stopping by to sing karaoke at a friend’s birthday party with high school friend Sheila Siddall, Gilbert says she felt uncomfortable there from the start. And when it was time to go, she claims a woman started a fight with her — something about Gilbert’s boyish looks — in what would become a brawl that continued outside the bar, involving other women and two men. So how come Gilibert was the only one arrested (for disorderly conduct and public intoxication), even though witnesses say there were plenty of other folks fitting that description? Good question.

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