Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Art exhibit highlights costumes of women, people of color and historically marginalized New Orleans groups

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 12:09 PM


An exhibit opening at Antenna Feb. 2 celebrates costuming among historically marginalized groups in New Orleans, including women, LGBT people and people of color.

"King for a Day" is curated by Zibby Jahns and Lindsey Phillips and includes four installations representing costumes that are worn by various New Orleans communities, such as Baby Doll marching groups, Lords of Leather and punk and DIY groups. The costumes are displayed among fabrics and materials artisans and crafters commonly incorporate in those garments.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dynamo Toys, woman- and LGBT-friendly adult accessories shop, opens on St. Claude

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 4:12 PM


With its robin's egg-blue walls and colorful merchandise displayed inside a converted St. Claude Avenue shotgun, Dynamo Toys & Supplies (2001 St. Claude Ave.) could be any New Orleans boutique — until you notice the iridescent purple harnesses, or the rack of leather floggers, or the library of books with titles like 50 Shades of Kink and Naked at Our Age (Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex).

After more than four years of preparation, which included pop-up events and sex-positive workshops throughout the city, partners Hope Kodman and Nico Darling have opened what they say is the city's first adult accessory and toy store designed by — and for — women. The shop offers a curated selections of products meant to enhance the sex lives of clients of all genders, in a clean, welcoming space that is the opposite of seedy or cheesy Bourbon Street sex shops.

"We want to be a space ... that people would be proud to come into, and be seen leaving with a bag in hand," Kodman says. "[Where people] won't feel intimidated, and simply feel like they can talk."

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

NOAGE hosts 'LGBT Health and Aging' symposium Dec. 2

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 1:11 PM


New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) and Ochsner Pride host a symposium on LGBT health and aging Dec. 2.

The symposium, which targets doctors, nurses, social workers, caretakers and other health care professionals, includes topics such as creating a welcoming environment in health care settings, aging with HIV, transgender health care, legal issues and other matters relevant to LGBT seniors. Serena Worthington, who directs national LGBT elders association Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), is the keynote speaker.

There's also a screening of Gen Silent, a documentary that follows the lives of several older LGBT people.

The program is part of NOAGE's continued advocacy work, much of which centers around health care. Since this spring, executive director Jim Meadows says the organization has provided 200 "cultural competency" trainings to providers to help them better serve their LGBT patients. NOAGE estimates that there are 20,000 older LGBT people living in the greater New Orleans area.

The symposium takes place Dec. 2 at Ochsner Health System's Jefferson Highway campus. It's free to attend, and continuing education credits are available for participants. Contact NOAGE to register.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Bianca del Rio coming to Orpheum Theater in March 2018

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Bianca del Rio.
  • Bianca del Rio.

New Orleans' homegrown insult comic Bianca del Rio returns to town March 3, 2018 for a show at the Orpheum Theater. It's just one stop on her "Blame it on Bianca del Rio" tour, which is covering five continents in a little less than a year.

Del Rio (the creation/alter ego of Roy Haylock) last appeared in New Orleans at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in 2016 on her "Not Today, Satan" tour. She first appeared on Gambit's cover in 2002 in a profile by David Lee Simmons, and then in 2014 after winning RuPaul's Drag Race.

Tickets are on sale now ($39-$123), and Ticketmaster says this is an all-ages show, which seems insane on the face of it if you've ever seen Bianca's act, but you never know about New Orleans kids, I suppose.
Location Details The Orpheum Theater
The Orpheum Theater
129 University Place
Central Business District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 274-4871

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Court rules Gov. Edwards can't protect LGBT workers from discrimination

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards.

A Louisiana appeals court ruling has sided with state Attorney General Jeff Landry, who challenged a 2016 executive order from Gov. John Bel Edwards that bans discrimination against LGBT people in government and state contracts. The three-judge panel sided with a lower court ruling from late last year.

“I have said repeatedly that discrimination is not a Louisiana value, and this decision does not change my conviction that hiring decisions in state government should be based on merit alone," Edwards said in a statement. "Discrimination in state government and by state contractors is wrong, makes us weaker, and is bad for business and economic development. Even President Trump agrees, as he has kept in place a federal executive order which is virtually identical to the order I put in place. I went a step further and provided an exemption for certain religious organizations."

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Southern Decadence events and parties scheduled this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM


Southern Decadence, New Orleans' exuberant annual celebration of LGBT culture, returns this weekend. Once you've assembled your ensemble (your glitter makeup, your hot pants, your rainbow pasties, your leather-and-metal harness), here's a five-day calendar of official and unofficial parties, drag shows and events to attend — including the don't-miss-it bawdy parade that takes place in the French Quarter Sunday.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rip Naquin, LGBT leader and publisher of Ambush Magazine, dies at 65

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 5:51 PM

Rip Naquin (left) and Marsha Delain served as grand marshals of the 2015 Southern Decadence Parade.
  • Rip Naquin (left) and Marsha Delain served as grand marshals of the 2015 Southern Decadence Parade.

Rip Naquin, co-founder of Ambush Magazine, organizer of the annual Southern Decadence celebration and a leader in the LGBT community, died Tuesday, Aug. 8 after an illness. He was 65.

Naquin and spouse Marsha Delain founded Ambush in Baton Rouge in 1982 and later brought it with them when they moved to New Orleans. Ambush covers New Orleans' LGBT community. They also worked together organizing Decadence, the annual Labor Day weekend celebration in the French Quarter, and were deeply involved in charity work.

Naquin and Delain, also known as Martin Greeson, become the state's first legally recognized gay couple in 1993 when the city of New Orleans allowed couples to register as domestic partners, though that conferred no legal rights. They were married in New York City on Aug. 17, 2013.

Funeral services include a visitation at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe (411 N. Rampart St.).

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Friday, June 9, 2017

During Pride month, a look back at one of the first gay rights protests in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM


In this week's Gambit, we celebrated the LGBT community with a calendar of this weekend's Pride events, discussions of LGBT theater projects and a drag workshop. But as we were working on this issue, we wanted to learn more about how far the battle for LGBT rights has come. So we took a look back at what newspapers had to say during the first glimmers of gay activism in the city.

One of the earliest reports we found: the Gay Liberation Front's (GLF's) first major march on City Hall, which took place January 23, 1971.

"Gay liberation arrived today in New Orleans," wrote reporter William H. Adler, in a page-one The States-Item story that ran that morning. For Adler's story — a slim 425 words — he spoke to several demonstrators, who planned to march that day to condemn a spate of arrests and alleged harassment of the gay community by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Domestic violence protections enhanced in state Senate

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 2:33 PM

State Rep. Helena Moreno.
  • State Rep. Helena Moreno.

Louisiana legislators took steps to broaden and strengthen the state’s domestic violence and protection laws Sunday when they gave the OK to two Senate amended measures, House Bills 223 and 509. The bills now will move to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk for his expected signature.

House Bill 223, by state Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, would expand the state’s domestic violence laws to cover dating partners. Current law restricts the criminal charge to couples who are married or living together, meaning offenders who are not living with or married to their victim can only be charged with simple battery.

Extending the law will offer increased protection to victims and enhanced sentencing for offenders, including stronger sentences for strangulation, burning or the presence of a firearm, as well as access to domestic abuse intervention programs.

The bill extending coverage — including same-sex couples — passed on a 66-32 vote.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

State Senate rejects expanding domestic abuse protections to same-sex couples

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 1:41 PM


The state’s domestic abuse laws will continue to exclude same-sex couples after a bill to extend the law’s protections failed in a 17-14 Senate vote. But the measure may not be dead.

House Bill 27 by State Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, proposed striking “of the opposite sex” from the law’s definition of a household member to extend domestic abuse protections — such as sentencing enhancements for abusers and greater protections for victims — to same-sex couples. Currently the law only applies to married couples, whether same-sex or heterosexual, and heterosexual couples who are cohabiting.

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