...seems to be the way that everyone is keeping abreast of everything.
Dan Savage made an salient comment about this last night.
This is a classic example of the Gay Panic Defense. In the very recent past all a straight man who brutally murdered a gay man had to say was, "He made a pass at me!", and the jury would ignore the evidence and let the murderer off. The Gay Panic Defense doesn't fly in many courts of law these days but it still has currency in the court of public opinion. And the chief of police in Forth Worth, a major U.S. city, is attempting to use the Gay Panic Defense to convince the citizens of Fort Worth to ignore the evidence—to ignore photographic evidence and credible eyewitness accounts—and let his officers off.
In short, the gay panic defense is being invoked. Pretty sick stuff, which plays into the conservative belief that being gay is sinful, bad and worthy of punishment.
I don't believe it for a second that that police entering a gay bar ar going to be groped by anyone. Ludicrous. Absolute projection. And even if it was so (which it isn't), how does does touching somome translate into bashing their head in?
Insane and stupid. And total bullshit (thank you Rick!) on the part of the police. As one man involved put it in Savage's article: we're gay but we're not stupid.
However, it seems the that the police chief of Fort Worth thinks the public is.