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Deadly arson in New Orleans gay bar remembered 40 years later

Monday, June 24, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Forty years ago, on June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the UpStairs Lounge, a popular gay bar on the corner of Iberville and Chartres Streets in New Orleans.

Thirty-two people died in the blaze and no one was ever arrested or convicted for the crime. Some churches refused to hold funerals for the victims while some families refused to claim bodies, knowing the patrons of the bar would be presumed to be gay.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. One of the saddest days in glbt history

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8:34pm
  2. Never Forget!

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8:42pm
  3. charlie room mated with someone who died in the fire….

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8:44pm
  4. We need to do a watch for our security in the next days, few weeks to months over this Summer… I have a feeling that when (I know it will) DOMA is deemed unconstitutional and Prop 8 (maybe) is deemed the same… violence will greatly rise. Walk in groups and be very careful.

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8:49pm
  5. Very horrific.

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8:53pm
  6. So disturbing. And, not that much different 40 years later in most parts of the US.

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:26pm
  7. So sad. Please never forget, especially those that were never claimed by their families. Tragic in every aspect.

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:32pm
  8. Wow! Very sad. I wish to remain optimistic and believe that times have changed.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 4:29am