Dallas Has No Place For LGBTQ Hate

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By Steven Monacelli On June 24, 1972, a few hundred people marched through the streets of Dallas for the first gay Pride parade in the entire state of Texas. They carried signs that read things like “Someone You Love is Gay” and “Tired of Hiding, Want To Be Free.” This was a bold statement. At the time, it was common for newspapers to publish the names of people arrested during police raids on gay bars, effectively outing them in an era when that could result in job loss and other serious social consequences. These days, the police are more likely to protect the LGBTQ community than side with hateful people who cast aspersions on those they don’t understand. The news is more likely to publish the names of bigots, too. Such was the case for members of Patriot Front, a neo- Nazi group with roots in Texas, whose identities were published after they were arrested in Idaho on their way to a LGBTQ Pride event — where they appeared poised to commit violence. Things certainly have changed since 1972. Today, the LGBTQ community is considered a cornerstone of Dallas. Pride has grown into an entire slate of events that celebrates...

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