Largest massacre of gay people in the USA was 40 yrs ago this weekend

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    Jun 22, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    Do you know your history? The Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans was fire-bombed on 6/24/73 and killed 32 people, injuring many others. It stands as the largest killing of gays en masse in the USA and most deaths by fire in NOLA...which had burned to the ground twice in the late 1700's.

    Google Upstairs Lounge Fire and see the NOLA.com website (New Orleans Times-Pic newspaper that recalls this event on its June 22,2013 edition)
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    Jun 22, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    I had no idea. That is terrible. icon_cry.gif
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    Jun 23, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    Truly horrible that the press down here refused to give it the appropriate coverage it deserved. Yet many "witnesses" still do not come forward to this day and refuse to be interviewed. Still an unsolved case and a lot of mystery still surrounds it.
    Thank you OP for your post. Now it's no longer a secret outside of N.O. Many benefits and remembrance events are going on at this time here.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 23, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    Well it's not entirely "unsolved." The suspect, who was kicked out of the bar and came back 30 minutes later to exact revenge, committed suicide a year later.

    From this event, there were two horrors: 1) the deaths and serious injuries from the fire and 2) how local officials and most churches, along with the New Orleans community at large, treated the situation and acted as if the deaths were justified.

    Things have changed since then.
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    Jun 23, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    Didn't know that, CAD. Thanks. For the rest of you, here's an excellent link to 4 great articles. http://www.nola.com/
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    Jun 23, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    That's sad....Thanks.
  • MikeW

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    Jun 23, 2013 3:11 AM GMT
    It's weird that I'd never heard about this before. If it was reported in my neck of the woods (Milwaukee at that time), I have no memory of it.
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    Jun 23, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    Luckydog76 saidDidn't know that, CAD. Thanks. For the rest of you, here's an excellent link to 4 great articles. http://www.nola.com/


    http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2013/06/honoring_upstairs_lounge_fire.html#/10
  • slimnmuscly

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    Jun 23, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    Several years ago Skylar Fein, a New Orleans artist, created one of the most powerful installations I've ever seen called "Remember the Upstairs Lounge" for the Prospect.1 biennial. The New Orleans Museum of Art acquired it for its permanent collection earlier this year.

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    Jun 23, 2013 1:14 PM GMT
    I never knew about this tragedy. Reading the coverage from the Times-Picayune at NOLA.com of the day after the fire nowhere is it mentioned it is a gay bar
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    Jun 23, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    That's sad.
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    Jun 23, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    NJDewd saidI never knew about this tragedy. Reading the coverage from the Times-Picayune at NOLA.com of the day after the fire nowhere is it mentioned it is a gay bar


    Correct. I read somewhere that it was the policy at that paper---and maybe other papers---not to mention "gay" unless the item was specifically about THAT, such as an arrest in a public tearoom, etc.
  • rnch

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    Jun 23, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
    A moving, intensely personal account of the fire, from one who was there:

    http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/a-front-row-view-of-tragedy/Content?oid=2214232
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    Jun 23, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
    Thank you mch for sharing that powerful commentary. It's obvious that the national media would be swarming over that incident,if it happened today. Fortunately, we have come a long way...but not enough. Thanks again, man!
  • rnch

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    Jun 23, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    I have another, more personal, reply on the other thread on this horrific fire.
  • rnch

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    Jun 23, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3275980
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    Jun 23, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    rnch saidhttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3275980

    Sir, Your father was a great man. At least he got you & your family out of that horrible institution realizing how stupid it was of the church.
    Anyway i hope the souls of those people who died may rest in peace
  • rnch

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    Jun 23, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    RehanRoy said
    rnch saidhttp://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3275980

    Sir, Your father was a great man. At least he got you & your family out of that horrible institution realizing how stupid it was of the church.
    Anyway i hope the souls of those people who died may rest in peace




    Yeh, the older I become, the smarter he becomes.

    He evolved as he went along. As does his son.
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    Jun 24, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    I did not know. I'm shocked.
    In one of my first jobs, a work mate said he used to like to shoot out the air conditioners at the gay bar next to his house. I don't know where my balls were at the time but I should have reported him.
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    Nov 22, 2013 10:39 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]slimnmuscly said[/cite]Several years ago Skylar Fein, a New Orleans artist, created one of the most powerful installations I've ever seen called "Remember the Upstairs Lounge" for the Prospect.1 biennial. The New Orleans Museum of Art acquired it for its permanent collection earlier this year.

    Let's hope the next massacre involves dipshits takin self underwear pics! Right, slim?
  • mybud

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    Nov 22, 2013 11:35 AM GMT
    History repeats..Ya we have made strides in the advancements of gay rights and issues here in America. But you only need to read about police, and military crack downs, referring to gays rights in Russia to remind us this could repeat if we don't stand united as gays here and around the world.