As a fitting end-cap to the cavalcade of national news coverage of Joel Burns’ now-legendary city council speech from last Tuesday, Burns’ husband JD Angle joined him via sattelite on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Chris O’Donnell. When asked if he was surprised by his fellow councilmembers’ supportive response to his speech, Burns had effectively conveyed Fort Worth’s unique character trait in our ability to hold civilized city council meetings unlike other cities who are well-known for their divisiveness. View the clip here.
Straight from his appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Fort Worth District 9′s esteemed city councilman Joel Burns flew to Los Angeles to tape a segment for The Ellen Show on Tuesday. During its airing on Wednesday afternoon, downtown’s Simply Fondue was kind enough to open their doors early for a crowd of constituents and downtown friends as they had the show on their screens. You can view Burns’ Ellen appearance here.
Our now world-famous city councilman has been all over the Internet, television and radio discussing his touching speech he made during last Tuesday’s city council meeting. We have the audio posted here of Mr. Burns’ interview with Melissa Glass from NPR’s All Things Considered.
Joel Burns, councilman for District 9 which carries Downtown Fort Worth, made an incredibly impassioned and emotional speech about his own personal struggles as a gay teen during Tuesday’s city council meeting. In light of the recent attention given to the many suicides by gay youth, video of his speech has been resonating across the Internet. Click to view the Youtube clip
For almost four hours, a completely naked man was perched on top of a billboard’s sign West 7th street near downtown Fort Worth. Incidentally, it is reported the man had recently lost his job at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and was overheard shouting things about a girlfriend to negotiators below. Most of the Cultural District was blocked off by police barricades while the man paced back and forth, occasionally forming odd naked poses.
For the first time during his seven-year reign, Moncrief had to dust off the gavel and eject a few disrespectful protesters who kept interrupting proceedings to insist the discussion about the Rainbow Room raid was pushed to the very back of the agenda, as if to imply that was some sort of homophobic move by the city to “sweep it under the rug”. At one point, openly gay city councilman Joel Burns had requested that one of the protesters be removed due to their unwillingness to remain calm and allow the meeting to proceed in order.
The evening council meetings routinely run well past midnight if they have to, only adjourning when the last speaker has spoken — as they did during this session. Even after repeated warnings for civility by Moncrief, the protesters — many who hailed from Dallas, where shouting and interruptions are a mainstay during their municipal proceedings — were not accustomed to the more relaxed non-confrontational Fort Worth approach. In the end, Moncrief was forced to summon the marshals and remove the disrespecting annoyance. View the video here.