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

in the millions like in the forties, but surely just as devastating to the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and trans-gendered community. ... 31 With its physical and emotional
toll, the Up Stairs Lounge fire sat in stark contrast to the legendary riot that had
taken ... stated goal was “complete sexual liberation for all people” through the
abolishment of institutions that forced homosexuals to “live two separate
existences.

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

Winner • Edgar Award (Best Fact Crime) Winner • Lambda Literary's Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers Finalist • Housatonic Book Award (Nonfiction) Finalist • Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction (American Library Association) Best Book of the Year: Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Shelf Awareness An essential work of American civil rights history, Tinderbox mesmerizingly reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community. 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.

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Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Robert W. Fieseler
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-06-05 - Publisher: Liveright Publishing

Winner • Edgar Award (Best Fact Crime) Winner • Lambda Literary's Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers Finalist • Housatonic Book Award (Nonfiction) Finalist • Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction (American Library Association) Best Book of the Year: Kirkus Reviews, Library
All-American Rebels
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Robert C Cottrell
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-15 - Publisher:

From women's suffrage to Civil Rights for African Americans, to the environment, and the gay and lesbian liberation movement, the American Left has achieved notable successes in the 20th and 21st centuries. Sometimes celebrated and sometimes reviled, the Left has taken on many forms and reinvented itself many times over

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