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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mermaid-themed ball Jan. 28 benefits BreakOUT! LGBTQ youth rights group

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:45 AM

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  • Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather.

Krewe of Mermoux, the mermaid-themed krewe that celebrates "inclusion, community and glitter," hosts its inaugural Old Gold Maritime Ball at Poor Boys Bar (1328 St. Bernard Ave.) Jan. 28.

Ocean- and gold-themed costumes are strongly encouraged for the event, which features a drag show, a "sea smooch booth," a photo area and punch. There also are DJ performances. A news release about the event says 50 percent of proceeds will benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group which focuses on LGBTQ youth of color.

The event starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10, or $5 for people in costume.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Interview: Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 10:08 AM

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  • Lisa Wade, author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus.

In her new book American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, sociology professor and New Orleans resident Lisa Wade explores the sex lives of modern college freshmen. She's especially concerned with the alcohol-soaked, commitment-averse, frat-party-centric “hookup culture” that has contributed to several high-profile sexual assault scandals at prestigious universities across the country. Wade argues that this culture isn’t espoused, or really even enjoyed, by most students. Rather, a small group of privileged students who control the college social scene are the key advocates for this culture, and students of color, queer students and many women often are excluded — or socially penalized for their failure to participate.

There’s a launch party for the book at Octavia Books on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. Wade spoke with Gambit in advance of her appearance about the history of hookup culture and how it pertains to gender, race and sexual orientation.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Judge sides with AG Landry in LGBT discrimination suit

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 12:45 PM

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In a blow to LGBT rights in Louisiana, Baton Rouge's 19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez ruled against the inclusion of anti-discrimination language in state contracts, which Gov. John Bel Edwards authorized in an executive order this year. State Attorney General Jeff Landry had refused to sign state contracts that included language protecting LGBT people from discrimination; the state Legislature repeatedly has turned down measures to update anti-discrimination laws to include protections for LGBT people.

Hernandez ruled that the governor overstepped his authority by creating the order. Edwards says he intends to appeal the issue.

"We are disappointed in the court's ruling today," Edwards said in a statement. "In his ruling, the judge declared that Louisiana law recognizes the governor as the constitutionally superior officer to the attorney general, but did not agree that the executive order is within the authority of the governor to implement. With great respect for the role of the Louisiana legislature, we continue to believe that discrimination is not a Louisiana value and that we are best served as a state when employment decisions are based solely on an individual’s qualifications and job performance.”

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Books roundup: Five book-related events in December in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Between awkward office Christmas parties, family members with questionable politics and hot chocolate with too many/not enough marshmallows, the holidays can be a trying time of year. Find solace at one of these (mostly) non-Christmas-related book parties.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Transgender Day of Remembrance event in New Orleans planned in Congo Square

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Outside City Hall, BreakOUT! announced New Orleans plans for a Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience/Resistance at Congo Square Nov. 20. - KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Outside City Hall, BreakOUT! announced New Orleans plans for a Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience/Resistance at Congo Square Nov. 20.

At its first event in 1999, a Transgender Day of Remembrance memorialized Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in Massachusetts. Now held annually in nearly 200 cities around the world, the international Transgender Day of Remembrance recognizes victims of transphobic violence, and in its third year, an accompanying Transgender Day of Resilience serves as a call to action.

In New Orleans, those demands include access to education, health care, housing, employment and safety. New Orleans' Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience/Resistance event is planned for 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Congo Square in Armstrong Park. The event — coordinated by New Orleans LGBT youth organization BreakOUT! — galvanizes New Orleans' trans and gender non-conforming youth of color to not only demand equitable, safe access to care, housing and employment but to underline the strength among them.

“We won't back down," said Nathalie Nia (Nate) Faulk in a statement. "We plan to meet unprecedented levels of repression with unprecedented levels of determination and resilience."

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Jeff Landry, Louisiana’s culture warrior-in-chief

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is going toe-to-toe with Gov. John Bel Edwards in court — but it's all posturing to suit his own ambitions. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is going toe-to-toe with Gov. John Bel Edwards in court — but it's all posturing to suit his own ambitions.

Republican state Attorney General Jeff Landry, ever eager to grandstand on any issue that he thinks will position him to run for governor in three years, has appointed himself the state’s culture warrior-in-chief over the issue of LGBT rights. In doing so, Landry has cast himself in opposition not only to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards but also to Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

In a post-election interview with 60 Minutes, Trump was asked directly about the issue of marriage equality. “It’s irrelevant because it was already settled,” Trump said. “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”

For emphasis, Trump added, “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled — and I'm fine with that.”

It’s more than a tad ironic that Donald Trump, who’s notorious for speaking in vague generalities, is schooling Landry on the fine points of constitutional law, but irony has always been lost on a showboat like Landry. He’s too busy looking for the cameras.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • President-elect Donald Trump.

America’s political landscape will change dramatically after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017. Already there are mixed messages coming from his transition team as to some of the promises he made while running. For now, we can only go by the man’s words and how they may affect Louisianans.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be keeping an eye on the following:

• The president-elect has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but has provided few details. As of mid-November, more than 339,000 previously uninsured Louisianans are receiving health care through the ACA. We promise to outline their options and find out from doctors which screenings, tests and procedures they should get done now should the ACA go away — with a special focus on women's health care. (Meanwhile, the open enrollment period continues through the end of January; visit ldh.louisiana.gov.)

• The president-elect has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and promises to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and key environmental protections. We promise to speak out for clean air, clean water and Louisiana’s fragile coast.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lady Bunny performs Trans Jester at Cafe Istanbul Nov. 19

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM

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New York drag performer Lady Bunny got her start in Atlanta with RuPaul, but they have different styles and acts. While RuPaul has made drag about fashion and glamour, Lady Bunny has a more retro act, full of song parodies, sordid tales and blunt humor. Her Trans Jester show has had an extended and ongoing run at New York's Stonewall Inn, where the gay rights movement started after a police raid in 1969, She brings the show to Cafe Istanbul at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. She spoke with Gambit about her career and drag performance.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Gov. Edwards sues AG Landry over LGBT protections

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry rejected more than 30 state contracts because of LGBT protections. Gov. John Bel Edwards's lawsuit asks the court to get Landry to do his job. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry rejected more than 30 state contracts because of LGBT protections. Gov. John Bel Edwards's lawsuit asks the court to get Landry to do his job.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry rejected more than 30 state contracts because he refuses to follow an executive order from Gov. John Bel Edwards protecting LGBT employees of the state as well as contractors and their employees. In a lawsuit Edwards filed in Judicial District Court Sept. 30, Edwards argues Landry "explicitly" rejected the contracts including those protections, in accordance with Edwards' executive order, and that Landry "apparently believes that it is necessary that private attorneys who contract with entities within the executive branch must retain the right to discriminate against the persons on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."

In April, Edwards issued an executive order to protect LGBT employees of the state and state contractors and their employees from workplace discrimination, creating the first statewide protections for transgender people. Previous legislative efforts to include LGBT protections in nondiscrimination laws have failed. There still are no statewide nondiscrimination laws protecting all LGBT people.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hurricane Bianca set for September release

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM

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Hurricane Bianca hits both coasts in September. Bianca Del Rio, aka Roy Haylock, and Matt Kugelman's independent film tells the story of a teacher in a small town in Texas who loses his job because he is gay. He then returns to seek revenge as new teacher Bianca. People magazine has preview photos.

Haylock and Kugel were fundraising for the film when Bianca was included in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

"I had to leave to film (RuPaul's Drag Race)," Haylock told Gambit in fall 2014. "That was awkward, because I couldn't tell people I was on the show."

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