Monday, June 24, 2013

Largest Mass Murder of LGBT People Occurred 40 Years Ago Today

Towleroad marks the 40th anniversary of the largest mass murder of LGBT people in U.S. history:
In June 1973, a fire broke out in a gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. The fire at the Upstairs Lounge took 32 lives — bodies burned beyond recognition. Approximately 20 people escaped the blaze, which was set by an arsonist. The likely suspect was a customer who had been thrown out of the bar the night of the fire. Press coverage of the fire, which was the worst in New Orleans history, was brief, sensational. No city official would make a statement about it.  
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