Ambush Still Speaking
As we approach Thanksgiving Week here in New Orleans, we thought this would be a good time to use this issue to say our official good bye to Rip Naquin and to bid him farewell. Everyone in the LGBT Community who got to know Rip over the years came to depend on Ambush as their source to events in New Orleans and the region for 35 years. Rip was one of those lucky individuals who found his calling and had a passion for it. He brought that passion to the pages of Ambush. He used those pages to influence, affect, and change the LGBT Community in so many ways. He kept that drive and passion, through good times and bad. Together with Marsha at his side, they brought the parties, night life, events, and parades of the LGBT Community out of the shadows and onto the pages of Ambush. Thanksgiving Week is a fitting time to say good bye and indeed to say Thank You for the years of dedication he displayed. Going forward while keeping in mind the dedication and leadership Rip brought to these pages, we pledge to continue in that spirit. We will keep the drive alive and work to keep LGBT news and events out of the closets and on the streets. The LGBT community is very relevant to the future of this City we love so well.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mayor Elect LaToya Cantrell! As the city moves into its 300th birthday we are excited that the city will move forward under the leadership of the first woman mayor in its history. I have every con fidence that she has the ability and the know how to be a leader for this moment in our history. She reached out early to the LGBT Community. She has a strong record on LGBT issues and has pledged an inclusive administration. We certainly applaud her efforts. We look forward to working with her, not only for the issues directly affecting LGBT issues, but on any issues where the good of the City is involved.
We were surely sorry to see the results of the District B race. Seth Bloom was not only qualified but also ran an amazing race. We hope he will continue to apply his many talents to advancing the issues he spoke of in the campaign. He ran a good race with political insiders saying more than once “he’s doing everything right”. It just wasn’t in the cards for him this time. There are some new faces on the Council, Helena Moreno, Cyndi Nguyen, Joe Giarrusso, and Jay Banks. Most of them had strong support in the LGBT community. If you live in their districts please reach out to them even if you did not support them. Work with them on issues where you have common ground. Work with them when you can, oppose them when you must, but always move the ball down the field.
Forward. Forward. Forward. Never Backward!