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The Up Stairs Lounge Fire: A Movement for Remembrance

Wayne Self | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

Yesterday marked the 41st Anniversary of the arson fire at the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans, the deadliest crime against LGBT people in U.S. history.

32 Died, and I Wrote a Musical About It: Why I Did It and Would Do It Again

Wayne Self | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

The UpStairs Lounge arson ranks as the largest single crime against LGBT people in U.S. history. Thirty-two lives were lost in an unspeakable act of violence. This horror had happened in my lifetime, just four hours from my hometown, and I'd never heard of it. In fact, few had.

Arson Kills 32 LGBT People, No One Notices: Why The 1973 UpStairs Lounge Fire Should Matter

Wayne Self | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

In June 1973 an arson attack destroyed the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, killing 32 of its predominately gay male patrons. Despite its grim status as the most fatal crime against LGBT people in U.S. history, the event remains obscure, its victims largely unknown and unremembered.