The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

Book - 2018
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"Fieseler chronicles the ... event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on ... access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates [a] ... portrait of a closeted, blue-collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781631491641
Branch Call Number: 364.15234 FI
Characteristics: xxxviii, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 07, 2019

Fieseler argues that the gravity of this tragedy provided a signal push for the LGBT movement in the US. And in view of reactions in places like Los Angeles and New York that seems more than plausible. Not surprisingly the culture of the city of New Orleans needed a kick-start of several decades in order even get it together to produce some sort of monument to what had occurred. The third world mentality that is so pervasive there is probably part of the answer.


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