The city has long been known as a welcoming haven for the LGBTQ community, but it has its dark side as well. Clayton Delery-Edwards talks in his award -winning book, The Upstairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a New Orleans Gay Bar, June 24, 1973, about one of the great tragedies in that history. Alecia Long, author of the forthcoming book, The Trouble with Tight Pants, chronicles the city’s homophobia, particularly during Jim Garrison’s prosecution of Clay Shaw. And Frank Perez, author of In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar and founder of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, describes the Archives’ efforts to collect gay history. Moderator: Brad Richard.

Sponsored by the Ethel and Herman L. Midlo for New Orleans Studies at UNO.

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