Ambush on the Road: Discovering Natchez I cannot believe that I have lived in the South all my life and never been to Natchez, Mississippi. It was one of the places on my bucket list and now that I have been there, I plan on traveling there much more. Less than three hours form NOLA, this picturesque city on the bluff just celebrated its tricentennial last year. I spent a … [Read more...] about Under The Gaydar
Arts & Culture
Cityscapes of New Orleans. Richard Campanella. LSU Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8071-6833-2. 400 pages. Local Tulane Professor Richard Campanella’s latest offering is especially appropriate given the city of New Orleans is celebrating its 300th birthday. Cityscapes of New Orleans is a collection of 77 previous published articles on a variety of topics ranging from vice … [Read more...] about Cityscapes of New Orleans
Party Down This was another Mardi Gras for the memory book. From the streets to the ballrooms, the city came alive with beads, boas and sequins. It was a gay dream come true. The week prior to Mardi Gras I spent either working or getting ready for the Krewe of Armeinius’ ball on Saturday night. Many reasons made this year special starting with the fact that it was moved … [Read more...] about Under the Gaydar
The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana recently hosted a panel discussion on the history of HIV / AIDS in New Orleans. In preparation for the event, Archives Project intern Philip Ross, a student at Tulane University, compiled the following bibliography of early newspaper coverage of the crisis in New Orleans. Mulvhill, Kathleen A. “AIDS: Mystery Disorder” The … [Read more...] about 20 Years of HIV/AIDS Headlines
The Inheritance of Shame. Peter Gajdics. Brown Paper Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-941932-08-7. 355 pages. $17.99. Unfortunately, a book about surviving conversion therapy is still necessary. Author Peter Gajdics spent six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British … [Read more...] about The Inheritance of Shame by Peter Gajdics.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra through May 19 I had missed the first Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) Holiday Spectacular featuring the 610 Stompers in 2015 and resolved to see last year’s edition which turned out to be fabulous. Could they top themselves this year? Indeed they did. Whereas last year’s Spectacular had a “round the world” theme and included a diverse … [Read more...] about Trodding the Boards
Party Down December is such a fabulous month filled with lots of holiday cheer, parties and there is always something exciting going on here. Most of my last two weeks were spent out of town in Chicago and Scottsdale which you will read about in the other articles, but I did manage to have a little fun in NOLA so let’s get this party started. I normally hit up all the tree … [Read more...] about Under the Gaydar
In 2013, during the 40th Anniversary of the deadly Up Stairs Lounge Arson (one of the most significant, yet often overlooked events in LGBT history), Camina Entertainment publicly announced the production of Upstairs Inferno, a comprehensive and compassionate documentary recounting (what was) the “Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History”. Today, Camina Entertainment proudly … [Read more...] about Upstairs Inferno is Now Available on DVD and Blu- Ray
The Year in LGBT+ Scholarship This is an exciting time for LGBT+ history enthusiasts. Consider the following Christmas presents: Out for Queer Blood Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice by Clayton Delery was recently published by Exposit, an imprint of McFarland & Co. Fernando Rios was a tour guide from Mexico City … [Read more...] about Moments in Gay New Orleans History
Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality: A Guide for Business Practice. Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato. Harrington Park Press. ISBN: 9781939594181. 2017. 190 pages. $45.00 Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality is essential reading for not only business owners who want to tap into the LGBT market, but also for LGBT travelers. The book includes sections on the … [Read more...] about Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality: A Guide for Business Practice.