BOOK REVIEW: The Up Stairs Lounge Arson

March 26, 2015

This grim but absorbing read covers the events of June 24, 1973, when a fire in a New Orleans gay bar killed 32 people. On Gay Pride Day in 1973, an arsonist set the entrance to a French Quarter gay bar on fire. In the terrible inferno that followed, 32 people lost their lives, including a third of the local congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church, their pastor burning to death halfway out a second-story window as he tried to claw his way to freedom. This is a riveting account of a forgotten moment in gay history.

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