Tinderbox : the untold story of the Up Stairs Lounge fire and the rise of gay liberation / Robert W. Fieseler.Material type: TextPublication details: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, . Edition: First editionDescription: xxxviii, 343 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cmISBN: 9781631491641; 1631491644Subject(s): Gays -- Violence against -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century | Mass murder -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century | Gay bars -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century | Arson -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century | Homophobia -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century | Gay liberation movement -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 364.152/340976335 LOC classification: HV6250.4.H66 | F54 2018
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: History reclaimed -- Act I: Fire. Brotherhood of men ; Sunday service ; Gay liberation ; United we stand -- Act II: Fallout. Mayhem ; Call for aid ; Liberation descends ; Visions ; Fun house ; Firetraps ; In memoriam -- Act III: Legacy. Deliverance ; Downfall ; Rally forth ; Last resort -- Coda: Second line.
"Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. [...] 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."--