Pride and Places: New Orleans City Council honors 32 queer lives lost in 1973 arson
Late on a summer evening, looking for an outlet from a world that loudly refused to accept them, the victims of the Upstairs Lounge Arson had no idea their night out would turn into anything other than a moment of social escapism. During that era, they entered that gay bar knowing full well the dangers of publicly identifying oneself as queer. Sadly, on June 24, 1973, their bravery would cost their lives.
Above the Jimani, a sports bar that remains, the Upstairs Lounge served as the popular han