Tag Archives: New Orleans

Weekend (Funeral) At Bernie’s

New Orleans funerals have always been known for being celebrations of a life fully lived rather than somber reflections on loss, but this may be pushing it a bit too far. Via WGNO-ABC: In life Miriam Burbank loved a cold beer, and an occasional scotch. So it’s only fitting, that it all be captured as part of her home-going. “I …

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TRAILER: Upstairs Inferno

If you are unfamiliar with the 1973 arson at New Orleans’ UpStairs Lounge, the Wikpedia entry on the crime is a good place to start. Below is the trailer for the coming documentary on the worst mass murder of LGBT people in US history. While you watch, think about how close we came to this in Seattle a few months …

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Anti-Gay Preachers At NOLA Mardi Gras

In 2012 nine members of this troupe, led by crackpot-in-chief Ruben Israel, were arrested at Southern Decadence. Last summer they protested at Comic-Con in San Diego. This is from Israel’s YouTube channel.

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NEW ORLEANS: Scam Artist Busted After Bilking Gay Businesses And Charities

There’s so much to this bizarre story that I hardly know which bits to excerpt. Here’s a starter: He frequented French Quarter gay bars and claimed to be a tycoon with an investment firm headquartered in Switzerland. He would introduce himself to the city, he promised, with a grand, glittering party he called “Indulge,” scheduled for the night of Oct. …

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FEMA Recalls Workers For Karen

FEMA has recalled furloughed workers in advance of Tropical Storm Karen. A hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle to Indian Pass in the Florida Panhandle. A tropical storm watch also was in effect for parts of the Louisiana coast west of Grand Isle, including the New Orleans area. “Based on applicable legal requirements, and consistent with its contingency …

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At The Beard & Mustache Championships

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TRAILER: Southern Knights

Movie description: Tragoidia Moving Pictures presents our first narrative feature film. Set during the exuberance between Stonewall and AIDS, Southern Knights is the story of one man’s struggle to reclaim his world after losing the love of his life in the tragic fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans. Wikipedia has an entry about the Upstairs Lounge fire, one …

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This American Life On HIV Testing

In the below episode of This American Life, New Orleans activists visit local bars and then the bathhouse to offer free HIV tests to the patrons. The clip includes some relatively frank depictions. Of note, the author of the piece is Nathaniel Rich, the son of famed essayist Frank Rich. Start at the 34:00 minute mark. (The clip may take …

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God Hates Southern Decadence, Part 4

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God Hates Southern Decadence, CTD

World Net Daily jumps on board. The arrival of Hurricane Isaac exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans has some people wondering if there’s more to it than random chance, and suggesting the popular homosexual festival Southern Decadence may be part of a judgment from God. A hurricane hitting a celebration of decadence … twice in seven years. …

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God Hates Southern Decadence

“Katrina was the greatest natural disaster ever to hit America. Now seven years later, to the day, another hurricane is heading towards this city. The fact the events are seven years apart is very significant as this number is biblically important. It is the number of completion: God created the universe in seven days. The church, city and nation have …

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Isaac To Make Landfall Tonight

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Isaac Aims At New Orleans

The danger to the GOP convention has mostly ended as Isaac sets its sights on the Gulf coast. Wednesday, the day the storm is forecast to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, is the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina slamming into New Orleans. Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the northern Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Isaac …

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LOUSIANA: Anti-Gay Pastor Grant Storms Convicted For Jerking Off Near Playground

Infamous anti-gay New Orleans Pastor Grant Storms, seen above-right leading one of his annual “perversion sweeps” during Southern Decadence, was convicted yesterday of public masturbation near a children’s playground. Storms, 55, who lives in Metairie, declined to comment after the conviction. Judge Ross LaDart of the 24th Judicial District Court, who presided over the daylong trial because Storms waived a …

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Newspaper Woes For New Orleans

After a widely-praised post-Katrina comeback, insiders claim New Orleans’ major daily newspaper will be cutting back to publishing twice a week. The Times-Picayune, which has published since 1837, was bought by the Newhouse family in 1962 and later merged with the afternoon daily. Up to now, the paper has avoided some of the deeper cuts in the industry, in part …

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Christian Love At Southern Decadence

NOTE: This clip has been reposted from a different YouTube account after the earlier version got zapped as hate speech.

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Southern Decadence

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NEW ORLEANS: Anti-Gay Hate Groups Infest Annual Astroturfing Convention

This week in New Orleans, hundreds of conservative lawmakers from around the country gathered for the annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) convention, where lobbyists from the nation’s largest corporations issue their marching orders on which big business-friendly bills they expect to see passed. Think Progress reports that this year’s event featured the distribution of vicious and lie-filled anti-gay propaganda …

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Katrina Was God’s Punishment

Because of Southern Decadence! Old news!

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Stella!

Clip description: “The finale to this year’s Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival had people screaming in the streets, recreating the famous scene from A Streetcar Named Desire.” Williams would have turned 100 this week.

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