My, How the gay world has changed in Ft. Worth

Gay Fort Worth cop spreads PD good will in folksy recruiting video. Det. Chris Gorrie, of the Fort Worth Police Department's Traffic Investigations Unit, sits at the wheel of a car and talks disarmingly, as if to one person. -- Gorrie matter-of-factly states that he's gay within the first 30 seconds of the 4 1/2-minute video. -- "Hey there, I'm Chris," Gorrie begins. "I've been asked along with several other 'diverse' members of our department to tell you our story. You may be asking yourself, 'What does this 30-year-old white guy have to do with diversity? Well, the short answer is, 'I'm gay.' " The low-key production is spiced up with flashes of humo ... Although not addressed in Gorrie's video, it came partly in response to a 2009 raid on a gay bar called Rainbow Lounge, according to WFAA-TV. Police officers and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents were criticized for using excessive force, WFAA said. -- My [MY, how things have changed in Fort Worth] --A 2012 documentary about the incident, entitled "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge," drew city leaders to its premier. The documentary likened the Fort Worth raid to one that took place 40 years earlier at New York's Stonewall Inn. The 1969 Stonewall raid is widely cited as the start of the modern gay rights movement.


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