Tinderbox

Tinderbox

The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

Book - 2018 | First edition
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"Fieseler chronicles the ... event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on ... access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates [a] ... portrait of a closeted, blue-collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community"--Amazon.com.
"Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue- collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. The aftermath was no less traumatic--families ashamed to claim loved ones, the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights, the city impervious to the survivors' needs--revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall. Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil-rights martyrs." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781631491641
1631491644
9781631495953
163149595X
Characteristics: xxxviii, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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SallyLaslie
Oct 07, 2019

Fieseler argues that the gravity of this tragedy provided a signal push for the LGBT movement in the US. And in view of reactions in places like Los Angeles and New York that seems more than plausible. Not surprisingly the culture of the city of New Orleans needed a kick-start of several decades in order even get it together to produce some sort of monument to what had occurred. The third world mentality that is so pervasive there is probably part of the answer.

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