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

Robert W. Fieseler

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

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

  • Title: Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation
  • Author: Robert W. Fieseler
  • ISBN: 9781631491641
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 surBuried 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.

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    One thought on “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

    1. Amanda Mae on said:

      This was an incident I hadn’t heard of until the Pulse shooting and death counts were compared. This was definitely another level of horrific- 32 people burned in a bar on a casual Sunday night. The police never apprehended the perpetrator. People made crass jokes about the victims. Some bodies were burned so badly they were never identified. Families of some of the victims were reluctant to come forward because they didn’t want anyone to know they had a gay son. And to make it just a little [...]

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