In decades past, gay and lesbian communities across the United States and around the globe were centered around gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations. Before the Internet, these organizations were a safe way to connect with similar people.
Along with nightclubs and gay-focused churches, gay and lesbian organizations were the lifeblood of a community.
Now, people often connect online and may never feel the need to connect with a gay and lesbian organization.
Still, a few of these organizations exist in Fort Worth. Their roles change over time, but these groups are attempting to carry on the good work started in generations past.
While none of these organizations offers the one-stop resource that’s available in some other cities, each of these organizations plays a role in Gay Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Gay And Lesbian Organizations
Existing primarily as a Facebook page and for monthly meetings, Fairness Fort Worth was formed after an incident at a Fort Worth gay bar resulted in people being injured by Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers and Fort Worth Police.
As a result of actions by Fairness Fort Worth and others, both police groups tried to make amends with Fort Worth’s gay community. In other words, Fairness Fort Worth got results in that case. They’ve done little else since, but there also hasn’t been a major incident that’s needed action either.
Probably the most vibrant gay and lesbian organization in Fort Worth today, Q Cinema hold events each month. We at the Gay Fort Worth website think it’s so special it merits its own page.
If you want to meet the movers and shakers of Fort Worth’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities, turn up at a Q Cinema event. In fact, no matter who you want to meet, they’re probably planning to attend the next Q Cinema event.
Founded in 1981, the TCGPWA produces Pride Week festivities in Fort Worth, now usually held in the fall instead of in the summer because of the intense Texas heat.
The site is often in disrepair, but it sometimes contains enough information to figure out when and where Pride Week activities are held. The association doesn’t seem to expend much effort on its website, but the activities happen year after year, so this group must be doing something.
Apparently now existing in name only, the Tarrant County Lesbian Gay Alliance has existed in one form or another since 1980. It once led Fort Worth’s GLBT community.
For years, the organizations published a newsletter or newspaper that kept local gays and lesbian informed of political happenings. The group even purchased an old doctor’s office and attempted open a community center, an undertaking that proved too costly and eventually failed.
A Short Story
Unfortunately, we don’t know of any other active gay and lesbian organizations in Fort Worth. If you do, please learn how you can contact us.
For gay and lesbian people in Fort Worth who aren’t interested in gay churches and don’t visit gay bars, there are very few real-world opportunities to connect with others.
These organizations offer friendship, political activism, entertainment and opportunities for community involvement.
We hope you find what you need from one of them — and we hope this list grows too.