gayborhood

New Orleans Best Gay Bar?

Several times over the last year I’ve written about the evolving nature of queer spaces here in New Orleans.  Naturally, then, I was curious to learn which bars the Times Picayune had selected as New Orleans’s best for 2016.  I was saddened to learn that Good Friends was selected as the only gay bar on the list.

This bar is very nice.  The staff is lovely, the balconies are lovely, and its history is lovely – none of that I have a problem with.  The reason I so strongly disagree with the Picayune’s selection is due to the mechanical pouring devices used by this establishment to measure booze.  They are not only incredibly tacky and impersonal, but they undermine the experience of being in a bar.

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gayborhoods, guns, and the mainstream homosexual

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges which guaranteed the right of all same sex couples in the nation to marry.  While many viewed this as the victorious culmination of a movement which began on Christopher Street nearly fifty years ago, others criticized the single-mindedness with which our community pursed this one goal: gay marriage.  Some believed that funneling our resources towards the right to marry came at the expense of other, more pressing concerns in our community such as equal protection for transgender people, or promoting HIV/AIDS awareness.  Gay political powerhouses like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) became targets for those who believed that the capital-G Gay civil rights movement had diluted what was once a vibrant queer identity in exchange for a more white-washed and palatable one, often leaving our most vulnerable behind.  Even Bernie Sanders once labeled the HRC as “establishment.”  It was as if white, middle class gay men had transformed our movement from “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it” to “We’re just like everyone else.”

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Down here in New Orleans, as memories from the dark days of Hurricane Katrina recede with increasing velocity into the past, the city barrels toward its new normal.   (more…)