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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

CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER

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

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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

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  • ROBERT ASHWORTH / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bills on minimum wage, LGBT non-discrimination move to full state Senate for consideration

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 2:35 PM

State Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, author of Senate Bill 153, which would increase the state minimum wage to $8.50 by 2019, and Senate Bill 155, which would enact a non-discrimination act for Louisiana employees. - PHOTO BY CAITIE BURKES
  • PHOTO BY CAITIE BURKES
  • State Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, author of Senate Bill 153, which would increase the state minimum wage to $8.50 by 2019, and Senate Bill 155, which would enact a non-discrimination act for Louisiana employees.

The Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations on Wednesday favorably moved two bills by Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans — one to increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2019 and the other to enact a non-discrimination policy for Louisiana employees who identify as LGBT.

Senate Bill 153, which was approved for full Senate debate on a 4-2 vote, would increase the state’s minimum wage from the federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25 to $8 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2018, and $8.50 beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 155 carried 3-1, with committee chairman Neil Riser opposing. It would enact the Louisiana Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would add language to existing law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

'Sugar in Your Tank' queer storytelling event is May 11

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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  • PHOTO BY ROBERT ASHWORTH / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

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and Last Call, the queer history archive and performance collective, will co-host an outdoor storytelling event at LGBT Community Center May 11. "Sugar in Your Tank: Stories of Queer Resistance" features stories by eight LGBT folks around the theme of organizing and activism. A Facebook post announcing the event promises the "cutest (gayest) story slam ever."

This event also will be recorded for a resistance-themed episode of Last Call's podcast. It's all part of the organization's "Queer Histories//Queer Futures" initiative, which hosts workshops and salons in an effort to compile and preserve LGBT oral histories.

Chairs will be provided at the event, and food and drinks are available for purchase. The event takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It's free to attend.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Louisiana House votes in favor of amendment to add same-sex couples to domestic abuse protections

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 1:50 PM

State Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, presents his bill which qualifies partnerships, including same-sex couples, for legal protection and assistance in cases of domestic abuse.  The measure was approved 54-42. - SARAH GAMARD
  • SARAH GAMARD
  • State Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, presents his bill which qualifies partnerships, including same-sex couples, for legal protection and assistance in cases of domestic abuse. The measure was approved 54-42.

The Louisiana House voted 54-42 Tuesday and sent to the Senate an amendment to state law that would qualify same-sex couples for legal protection and assistance in cases of domestic abuse.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Today in Confederate camping: Flag vs. Flag

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 2:57 PM

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The ongoing Confederate-defense encampment at the Jefferson Davis statue in Mid-City is beginning to exert its own weird, Endymion-like fascination (though with more Auld Dixie flavor and less spray-painted territoriality).

Spotted today: Six statue defenders joined by one fellow in a rainbow-flag cape and a sign reading "NOT MY PRES" — while what look to be AirBnB Jazz Festers wait on the neutral ground for the streetcar and the folks at Holy Ground bar across the street get a free show.

Happy Friday, New Orleans.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Report: homeless youth face high risk of human trafficking

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Every year, public officials and others sleep on the sidewalk outside Covenant House to raise awareness of youth homelessness. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Every year, public officials and others sleep on the sidewalk outside Covenant House to raise awareness of youth homelessness.

Nearly one in five young people experiencing homelessness were the victims of human trafficking, according to a report from Loyola University New Orleans' Modern Slavery Research Project. The project team interviewed 641 "homeless and runaway youth" between ages 17-24 who had received care from Covenant House shelters, transitional living centers, apartment programs and drop-in centers at 10 North American cities, including New Orleans.

The report — using a federal definition of human trafficking as "the use of force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in labor or sex trade against their will" — found that 19 percent (124 people) of respondents were victims of trafficking. Fourteen percent of respondents were trafficked for sex, and more than half of those victims say they were forced or coerced to do so.

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