February 6, 2023 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Trauma and Rebirth

Before Pulse, there was the Upstairs Lounge.

On June 24, 1973, an arsonist entered a gay bar in New Orleans with intent to kill. The UpStairs Lounge was a popular hangout for LGBTQ+ patrons until the attacker (suspected to be Roger Nunez, who was banned from UpStairs earlier that day,) set the club blazing on the last day of Pride Weekend.

The incident claimed 32 lives, the deadliest attack on record for LGBTQ+ victims until the Pulse shooting in 2016.

While the story of the UpStairs lounge is known to may gay and queer veterans, younger LGBTQ+ folks aren’t as likely to be aware of the bloody events of that day. Thankfully, Robert W. Fieseler’s new book “Tinderbox: The Untold Story, of the UpStairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation,” serves as the source for a new ABC News documentary on the fire. At 30 minutes long, “Prejudice and Pride” packs the entire history of the bar, the fire, and its surrounding circumstances into a beginner’s guide to the UpStairs tragedy. Featuring interviews from survivors and affected family members, “Prejudice and Pride” is the perfect commemoration of the event as we come up on its 45th anniversary.

“Everybody’s so outraged about it now,” says one interview subject who lost his father to the tragedy. “Where were they then? Nobody wanted to talk about it. It was like my dad and all those other people never existed.”

“Prejudice and Pride” is available to watch on ABCNews.com and below.

On the lighter side of things, “Fathers,”  a new web series by Leo Herrera, imagines a world where the AIDS crisis never happened.

The results are just as blissful as you’d expect: discrimination is at an all-time low, families remain whole, and activist Vito Russo becomes President.

“Fathers” is the perfect response to the deluge of our own depressing reality as reflected back to us by shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale.” For anyone who needs a break from current events, this utopian vision is well worth the watch.

in NEWS
Related Posts

Assemblymember Chris Ward Introduces Transgender Youth Privacy Act to Protect Minors’ Privacy

February 2, 2023

February 2, 2023

Last month, Assemblymember Chris Ward (D-San Diego) introduced the Transgender Youth Privacy Act, requiring any petition for a change of...

Laguna Beach Closer to Having a New Pride Lifeguard Tower

February 2, 2023

February 2, 2023

By Susan Payne Laguna Beach was the recipient of a $10,000 donation from Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima for its...

Eszett Bar Is Now Closed, Lesbian Wine Bar to Take Its Place

February 2, 2023

February 2, 2023

By Susan Payne  Eszett, the natural wine bar off Silver Lake’s strip mall, is now closed, but a lesbian Wine...

Congressman Robert Garcia Sworn Into Office With Superman by Side

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023

By Susan Payne This month, Robert Garcia was sworn into Congress with superman by his side.  Garcia, a self-described comic...

GLAAD announces 34th Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominations

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023

By Susan Payne GLAAD, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer media advocacy organization announced the nominees for the 34th...

Los Angeles LGBT Center and April Housing Celebrate Historic Ownership Transfer of Triangle Square Affordable Housing for LGTBQ Seniors

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023

Fifteen years after the opening of Hollywood’s Triangle Square Apartments, the nation’s largest LGBTQ-affirming affordable housing complex for seniors, the...

Jurors Unable to Reach Verdict in Fatal Crash Trial

January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

By Susan Payne A 33-year-old transgender woman was convicted on Jan. 9 for a hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury...

San Francisco Launches Guaranteed Income for Transgender People Program

January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

By Susan Payne San Francisco has launched a pilot program that guarantees income for transgender residents.  The Guaranteed Income for...

AIDS/LifeCycle Announces New Santa Monica Beachside Finish Line

January 19, 2023

January 19, 2023

545-mile bike ride to finish in Santa Monica June 10 AIDS/LifeCycle, the seven-day, 545-mile bike ride fundraiser traversing the golden...

California Protects Out-of-State Parents, Youth Seeking Gender-Affirming Care

January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

By Susan Payne  Over 20 states have aimed to limit youth LGBTQ+ gender-affirming health care in 2022, but California is...

LGBTQ+ Side Quest Written in God of War Ragnarok

January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

By Susan Payne Sony Santa Monica has hidden a tragic LGBTQ_ side quest in its God of War Ragnarok game,...

Senior LGBT Retirement Development in Palm Springs to Open in 2023

January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

By Susan Payne  For LGBTQ folks looking for a supportive community in Palm Springs, Living Out is now accepting reservations...

Man With Gun Spotted Inside West Hollywood, Spurring Fear

December 26, 2022

December 26, 2022

By Susan Payne Weeks after a deadly mass shooting in a Colorado LGBTQ+ club, a man in a West Hollywood...

Gay Actor’s Affection for Date ‘Unwelcome’ at LA Restaurant

December 26, 2022

December 26, 2022

By Susan Payne  Support is being poured for a gay actor who was on a date at a Mexican restaurant...

OR Bar WeHo Now Open in West Hollywood

December 26, 2022

December 26, 2022

By Susan Payne West Hollywood welcomed a new gay bar in the city this month. OR Bar WeHo, located at...