Task force meets a month after gay bar raid

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Fort Worth's new diversity task force has held its first meeting, a month after a gay bar raid left one man seriously injured.

The city manager created the task force to advise him on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. The committee members include city staff and community leaders and will meet once a month.

They will provide city employees with customer service training and promote better communication between the city and gay residents. They'll also increase community awareness of the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.

Separate investigations by Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which participated jointly in the late June raid on the Rainbow Lounge, are not yet complete.

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