It seemed like business as usual that Thursday night last September, as patrons of the Atlanta Eagle tossed back beers and enjoyed the dancers on the gay leather bar’s popular Underwear Night. But whether what happened next can remain “business as usual” for the Atlanta Police Department is part of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by several of the men in the bar that night.
"Lack of equality for some is lack of equality for all and I think it's time for us all to get equal."
Will Phillips, 11, accepting the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment for CNN’s “Why Will Won’t Pledge Allegiance.” The Arkansas student remains seated during the pledge because gay people are not treated equally. (GLAAD, March 14)
Anger competed with relief as my dominant reaction to the news that an Atlanta judge tossed out all charges against the Eagle 8, the gay men who were baselessly arrested during an undisciplined raid conducted by the Atlanta Police Department last fall. Relief won in terms of immediacy, but the anger I felt — still feel — is far more intense.