Patrons in Popular Galveston Gay Bar Attacked by Rock Throwers

Robert's Lafitte, Galveston, Texas

Robert's Lafitte, Galveston, Texas

According to this morning’s Houston Chronicle, customers at Robert’s Lafitte, one of Galveston’s gay bars, were attacked by three thugs who entered the establishment and threw large rocks at the customers. Two people were hit in the head, one of whom was taken to the hospital and the other was treated at the club. The attackers ran from the scene, but the police caught them around 10 blocks away and brought them back to the bar, where they were identified by patrons. They are being held in Galveston County Jail on $120,000 bail, charged with assault with a hate crime enhancement.

Robert’s Lafitte has been a popular gay establishment on the Texas gulf coast for many years, but gained international notoriety when it was one of the last businesses to close before and one of the first to re-open after Hurricane Ike devastated the port city of Galveston.

Attacks of this kind are quite unusual in laid-back Galveston, and it has been quite a number of years since there have been publicized arrests of gay-bashers in the entire Houston metro area. This kind of attack does not give good publicity to Galveston, a city hard hit by Hurricane Ike this past fall, and a popular destination for spring-breakers from all over the country.

Watch the video report from chron.com:

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Out and About

I really like having a free day, like today. It doesn’t count as a vacation day, isn’t somehow part of the weekend. The rain here has not been bad, constant rain becoming heavier when the squall lines come through. A rain day is different than a snow day; not that we get snow days here in Houston. On most rain days, if it doesn’t last all day or isn’t as bad as expected, like this one with Edouard, you can get out. Since it hadn’t been that bad this morning, I took a shower, pulled out the umbrella, got in the car and headed out just to see how things were. The traffic wasn’t heavy at all, but there were people out; I suppose a lot of people had the day off like me. Most of the stores and restaurants were open, but I noticed that a few places were closed.

I took a little jaunt down to Montrose, the part of town I lived in for a good long time. I like living here by the park, but when I go down to Montrose, because I lived there for so long, I feel like I’m back home. Montrose is what people call the gay part of Houston. It is still, but was more so in the past. These days it’s gotten filled with so many old “yuppies” and “yurbies” (my word–young urbanites) living in all those town houses that have taken the places of the big old house and older apartment buildings, so it’s changed somewhat. It feels like they’ve brought suburbia into Montrose. However, it still has quite a bit of same flavor of the past. I had gotten tired of some of the flavor–the hustlers and druggies and more–and that was one of the reasons I moved.

Here are some shots of my little outing on this rainy day:

Kroger on Montrose--the gayest Kroger in Houston

Kroger on Montrose--the gayest Kroger in Houston

Montrose Blvd.--looks desolate,but there were some cars

Montrose Blvd.--looks desolate,but there were some cars

General Joe's--been eating there for years

General Joe's--been eating there for years

JR's--One of the oldest gay bars in Houston

JR's--One of the oldest gay bars in Houston