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New Orleans mayor announces support for marriage equality

Monday, June 30, 2014
Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has come out in support of same-sex marriage. Landrieu, a Catholic and a Democrat, has been a longtime supporter of civil unions. However, this is the first time he has endorsed same-sex marriage, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

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Coroner says illicit silicone injection killed transgender woman

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Armani Nicole Davenport is accused in the homicide of Brenisha Hall.
NEW ORLEANS -- A black-market silicone injection killed a transgender woman earlier this year, the Orleans Parish coroner's office says. On Friday, the office ruled that the New Year's Day death of 25-year-old Brenisha Hall was a homicide.

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Openly gay rapper Big Freedia brings bounce to TV audience

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Jeremy Simmons, FUSE/APThis undated photo released by FUSE shows New Orleans hip-hop artist Big Freedia in a recording session.
NEW YORK — New Orleans hip-hop artist Big Freedia is twerking his way to TV screens.

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Southern Decadence lures gays to hopeful ‘honeymoon haven’ New Orleans

Saturday, August 31, 2013
via: gaytravel.com
NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of visitors rolled into New Orleans this week for Southern Decadence: five days of celebration of gay culture in a city now being promoted by tourism officials as a honeymoon site for same-sex newlyweds - despite the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Vandal targets historic New Orleans home of gay rights activist

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Times-PicayuneJohn Hill, in front of his home where a vadal spray-painted the word "fags."
NEW ORLEANS - A gay activist in New Orleans says somebody tore a rainbow flag from his balcony and spray-painted the word "fags" on the house he and his partner share, and police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime..

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Deadly arson in New Orleans gay bar remembered 40 years later

Monday, June 24, 2013
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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.

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Anti-gay pastor arrested for masturbating near children’s playground

Monday, February 28, 2011
Storms
A conservative, anti-gay pastor who has staged protests against New Orleans' Southern Decadence Festival, calling the predominantly gay event "perversion," has been arrested for allegedly masturbating in a park adjacent to a children's playground.

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Revelers descend on New Orleans for annual ‘Southern Decadence’

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Thousands of tourists, gay and straight, are descending on New Orleans this weekend for the annual Southern Decadence Festival, which organizers says is "one of the gay world's major annual events." In the almost four decades since it started, Southern Decadence has become a traditional...

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