A couple more inaccuracies in the author's account of the Up Stairs Lounge fire:
According to The Advocate, a week after the fire there was a memorial held at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in New Orleans, attended by 250 people, many of whom were survivors of the fire. Rev Paul Breton and Rev Troy Perry officiated; both were affiliated with the Metropolitan Community Church (a gay Christian organization with branches in several large cities in the 70s). At the end of the service, Perry announced that camera crews from the local TV stations as well as reporters from the New Orleans Times-Picayune were waiting outside, and anyone who wished to avoid exposure could slip out through a side exit. Reportedly, no one used the side door.
The memorial at the United Methodist church was authorized by Rev Finis Crutchfield, the Methodist bishop of Louisiana. He also attended the service.
New Orleans mayor Moon Landrieu was vacationing in Europe at the time of the fire. Upon his return he held a press conference; when questioned about the fact that the victims were homosexual, he said, "I'm just as concerned about that life as any other life."
Henry Morris, chief of detectives at the New Orleans PD, was quoted as calling the Up Stairs "a hangout for thieves and homosexuals". A police spokesman claimed he never said that, but apologized to gay leaders anyway.
Finally, while it was rumored that four victims were secretly buried in a potter's field, the New Orleans coroner's office disproved this by producing the names of the four people recently buried there.