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Why Is the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Still Targeting Gay Bars?


On the heels of the Ft. Worth gay bar raid comes a similar Stonewall-esque police dump on a Dallas gay bar that has all the markings of a repeat incident. You would think with all the criticsm lodged its way after sending one man to the hospital during the Ft. Worth raid on June 28, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission would’ve learned its lesson — or at least that it should hold off on things while members of Congress demanded an investigation.

But the TABC doesn’t think that way. Around the stroke of midnight on Friday night, commission officials descended upon the Dallas Eagle, a “Leather and Levi’s” nightspot. Official excuse? To make sure the bar had its proper liquor licenses.

Interestingly, just like the Rainbow Lounge in Ft. Worth, the Dallas Eagle had recently re-opened before being raided by TABC.


In the meantime, you’ll remember another iteration of Texas hospitality when police last week helpfully allowed Chico’s Tacos in El Paso to kick out two men who shared a kiss in the restaurant. Just like the bar raids, the local community isn’t having it: Protesters gathered in front of the restaurant over the weekend, smooches in full view.

(Photos: Dallas Voice, El Paso Times)