Loyola University is offering a new non-credit course as part of their Professional and Continuing Studies program. The course is being developed and will be taught by author Frank Perez, who also serves as the Executive Director of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.
The course will explore New Orleans’ rich LGBT+ history. Topics include: pre-colonial and colonial references, French Quarter Preservation efforts, Arts and Letters, Gay Carnival, Southern Decadence, the Up Stairs Lounge fire, bar history, activists and activism, HIV / AIDS, organizational history, queer publications and journalism, trans activism, drag culture, notable characters, and more. The course will contextualize local queer history within a national context and highlights New Orleans’ contributions to national LGBT+ historical narratives. The last class period is the instructor’s signature Rainbow Fleur de Lis Walking tour, which is a leisurely sashay through the French Quarter.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a Loyola University New Orleans Certificate of Completion and 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Perez says the class is open to anyone who wants to learn more about local queer history. “There are no tests and no assignments, just a lot of fascinating information—and a few surprise guest speakers.”
Tuition: $250 (Discounts available for Loyola alumni, current Loyola students, Loyola faculty and staff and active duty or retired military.)
Course Dates: August 30, 2023 – October 18, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. Registration is now open here: https://web.cvent.com/event/2c88a190-19d3-487f-9894-536f8b2c231e/regProcessStep1