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as vre moved down the parade route, the protes-
tors kind of moved along with us, shouting nasty
things through their bullhorn," Littlefield said.
"But we would just start cheering and yelling, and
the crowd would cheer and yell with us to drown
them out. I was really glad to see that everybody
just ignored them and didn't engage with them,
for the most part.*
Faust and other Kingdom Baptist members
also staged protests outside Fort Worth City Hall
two years ago during a meeting in which the City
Council approved the addition of transgender
protections to the city's: nondiscrimination ordi-
nance. Faust and his followers also confronted ac-
tivists during demonstrations staged in Fort
Worth by Queer LiberAction in the wake of the
Rainbow Lounge raid.
And prior to the Pride parade, Faust sent an
open letter, addressed to Fort Worth Mayor Betsy
Price, to area media outlets castigating Price for
participating in the parade as one of three grand
At the end of the parade, the protestors—who
had started out standing on Main Street near the
Weatherford Street intersection where the parade
Started — moved down Main Street to position
themselves near the Convention Center in the
area near where the street festival was being held.
Using a bullhorn, the protestors continued to ha-
rangue festival attendees, at one point calling those
attending the parade "wild dogs" and "wild ani-
mals" who were "parading their perversions in
the street," until Fort Worth police officers ordered
them to leave.
Littlefield said she was told that three of the pro-
testors were arrested and another 10 ticketed. But
FWPD's LGBT Liaison Officer Kellie Whitehead
said that only two of the protestors were "cash
bonded" for disorderly conduct because they were
using offensive language over the bullhorns.
Being "cash bonded," Whitehead explained,
means that person arrested on a Class C misde-
meanor offense has to pay a set fine, or a portion
of that fine, before they are released.
She said her superiors instructed her not to re-
lease the names of those arrested, but Whitehead
did say she believes those arrested were members
of Kingdom Baptist.
Littlefield said she had heard complaints from
several people who were upset that the protestors
were allowed to stand at the edge of the street fes-
tival after the parade for so long — about an hour
and a half, she estimated — and harass those at-
tending the event before police forced them to
"That's something we will talk to the police
about for next year," Littlefield said. ■
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Other two-year schools in the area include
Corsicana-based Navarro College with cam-
puses in Waxahachie and Midlothian and
Gainesville-based North Central Texas College
with campuses in Flower Mound and Corinth.
Neither has policies specifically protecting
LGBT students, faculty and staff.
Among its student activities, Navarro Col-
lege lists P.R.I.S.M. (GSA). That gay-straight al-
liance group formed last year. The listing links
to no additional web page. With its active LGBT
student group, McDonnell thought Navarro
College might be among the next schools ap-
proached to add protections.
Out at Collin is an LGBT group at CCCC and
under that organization's membership require-
ments, a nondiscrimination policy includes Sex-
ual orientation and gender identity. That is the
only student group that does include such a
Although the CCCC listing links to a page,
the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen-
der are not found on there. Only goals of the
group, such as "Empower the misunderstood
and give a voice to the under-represented" and
"Brin g awareness and dispel stereotypes to the
larger community" are listed.
NCTC has fewer student activities than the
other area colleges and lists no organized LGBT
group. But most of the 13 "Official Student Or-
ganizations" listed on the Corinth and Flower
Mound campuses are curriculum-related. The
only social groups are Christians In Action and
Latino Leadership Council.
Although a written nondiscrimination policy
doesn't insure equal treatment, it does give an
employee or student some recourse.
Protections in the Tarrant County College
policies were added after instructor Jackie Gill
was fired because of her perceived sexual ori-
entation. She filed a lawsuit against the school
on Sept. 7. Lambda Legal is representing her in
Lambda Legal staff attorney Ken Upton said
that the school has retained an attorney and has
another month to answer the charges. He said
that they will have 90 days to six months to do
"Then I suspect they'll order alternative dis-
pute resolution," he said, meaning mediation
Upton said Gill's case is interesting because
she was fired before TCC had sexual orienta-
tion in its nondiscrimination policy.
He said the school would have to show that
they have a legitimate reason to dismiss faculty
based on their Sexual orientation. But if they
did have a legitimate reason, why would they
have added the category to their nondiscrimi-
"Private companies have great policies that
are not enforceable in court," Upton said. But a
government agency that has a nondiscrimina-
tion policy covering sexual orientation would
have to show a compelling interest to fire gays
Despite her treatment by one faculty mem-
ber, Gill "wants to teach and she loves, the
school," Upton said. "They have five campuses
and they have a demand. They're looking for
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