NOLA scores an ‘A-,’ Baton Rouge an ‘F’ for gay-friendliness

The right for gay people to live and pursue happiness freely in the United States has new adversaries.  So-called religious freedom laws, bathroom bills, and deep GOP support for child abuse in the form of "conversion therapy" attempt to criminalize and de-humanize us.  However, with the right policies and people in place, our local city …

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NOLA Pride vs. Southern Decadence

While nursing my hangover from the New Orleans Pride Parade last summer, I wrote this little article as a response to criticisms I heard frequently about our Pride celebration from friends within the community. As we gear up to honor the victims of Orlando in what may be the most important Pride celebration of our lifetimes, below is a brief rebuttal to the negative comments I heard most often: Dallas / …

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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 …

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queer place-making in New Orleans; part 1

"The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city."  David Harvey, The Right to the City The recent debate surrounding the Confederate monuments in New Orleans has me thinking about public spaces, how they speak about our values, and the concept of …

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