LGBT Bibliography

The following is a listing of periodicals, books, and other print publications concerning the LGBT+ community of Louisiana.  Annotation follows many entries, along with notes indicating where some of the more rare publications can be found.  As a rule, the dissertations and theses are easiest to access through the institutions where they were produced, or through ProQuest, a database available in most major libraries.

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Ambush Magazine. Available online and at the Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.

Big Easy Times. Began publication in 1988; Historic New Orleans Collection and Louisiana State University have copies

Disstaff. Feminist / lesbian themed. Back issues available at Newcomb College Archives

Headlines. “New Orleans’ foremost entertainment and information guide” – presumably an LGBT publication Tulane University has a few issues

Impact: New Orleans Gay News. The New Orleans Public Library (main branch) has back copies.

New Orleans Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages. Began publication in 1999; University of Louisville (KY) and Central Connecticut State University have copies

Sunflower. Newsletter of the short-lived Gay Liberation Front of New Orleans. Available at the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library.

The Pink Pages of Greater New Orleans Began publication in 1995; New Orleans Public Library has copies- “the gay and lesbian business and entertainment directory”

The Rooster

This Week Guide: New Orleans Entertainment in the Gay and lesbian Community

Times of Louisiana Communities  Began publication in 1981; only library with copies appears to be in New York

The Whiz Magazine


Bienville, Trey.  Gay Gourmet: The Queer Cuisine of New Orleans.  New Orleans: Writers Club Press, 2003.

Carpenter, Donald.  H.  Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw.  Self-published, 2014.

Delery-Edwards, Clayton. The Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-two Dead in a New Orleans Gay Bar, June 24, 1973. A book about the Upstairs Lounge fire.

Ellis, Scott S.  Madame Vieux Carre: The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

Perez, Frank and Jeffrey Palmquist.  In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and its Oldest Gay Bar.  New Orleans: LL Publications, 2012.

Townsend, Johnny.  Let the Faggots Burn: The UpStairs Lounge Fire.  Bangor, ME?: Inc., 2011.


Coyle, Katy, and Nadiene Van Dyke. “Sex, Smashing, and Storyville in Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans: Reexamining the Continuum of Lesbian Sexuality.” In Carryin’ on in the Lesbian and Gay South, ed. John Howard, 54-72. New York: New York University Press, 1997.

Fellows, Will. “Cherishing Old New Orleans and Louisiana.” In A Passion to Preserve. U Wisconsin P, 2004.

Perez, Frank. “Gay Interest Walking Tour” in Treasures of the Vieux Carre: Ten Self-Guided Walking Tours of the French Quarter.  Bedford, TX: LL Publications, 2014.

Sears. James T. “Fire and Decadence.” In Rebels, Rubyfruit, and Rhinestones: Queering Space in the Stonewall South. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2001.

White, Edmund. “New Orleans.” In States of Desire: Travels in Gay America. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1980.


Byrd, Robert D., Jr.  “’When the Pretending’ Stopped?: AIDS Coverage in New Orleans’ Mainstream, Gay, and Alternative Presses from 1981-1991.”  M.A. thesis, University of South Alabama, 2011.

Griffin, Gareth F.  “Flames of Hate: The New Orleans Upstairs Lounge Fire, 24 June 1973.”  M.A. thesis, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2008.

Olsson, Caroline.  “Not All That Easy: Survival Strategies in Lesbian Bar Life in New Orleans, 1950-1970.”  M.A. thesis, University of New Orleans, 1999.

O’Pry, Rachel.  “Louisiana Social Workers: A Study on Attitudes toward LGBT Youth.”  M.S.W. thesis, Louisiana State University, 2012.

Stuart, Mary Elaine.  “An Examination of Tolerance in New Orleans: Voter Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gays.”  M.A. thesis, University of New Orleans, 1992.

Thompson, Jelisa.  “You Make Me Feel: A Study of the Gay Rights Movement in New Orleans.”  B.A. thesis, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011.


Bartlett, Thomasine Marion.  “Vintage Drag Female Impersonators Performing Resistance in Cold War New Orleans.”  Ph.D. dissertation, Tulane University, 2004.

Clark, Richard.  “City of Desire: A History of Same-sex Desire in New Orleans, 1917-1977.”  Ph.D. dissertation, Tulane University, 2009.

David, Thomas B., Jr.  “Perceptions and Experiences of Growing Up Gay in Rural Louisiana: A Reflexive Ethnography of Six Gay Men.”  Ph.D. dissertation, University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2003.

Knopp, Lawrence M.  “Gentrification and Gay Community Development in a New Orleans Neighborhood.”  Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1989.

Kulkin, Heidi S.  “A Qualitative Retrospective Study of Lesbian Youth: The Journey toward the Resilient Self.”  Ph.D. dissertation, Tulane University, 2001.


Richards, Gary.  “Queering Katrina: Gay Discourses of the Disaster in New Orleans.”  Journal of American Studies 44, no. 3 (August 2010): 519-534.


“After Katrina: The Future of Gay New Orleans.” The Advocate. 11 Oct. 2005.

Smith, Howard. “Golden Celebration.” Mardi Gras Guide. 2011. On the 50th anniversary of Petronius.

Smith, Howard Philips. “In the Kingdom of Queens: The Royal Krewe of Yuga and the Birth of Gay Carnival. January 2015.

Smith, Howard Philips. “The Krewe of Amon-Ra: Fifty Years and Counting.” Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide 2015.


Bourgeois, Kevin M.  “An Assessment of the Preceived [sic?] Discrimination and Victimization against Gay Men in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.”  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1994.

Magill, Rich, ed.  Exposing Hatred: A Report on the Victimization of Lesbian and Gay People in New Orleans, Louisiana.  New Orleans: Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus, 1991.

Rickey, Robert. “Murder in Pirate’s Alley,” an unpublished paper available at the New Orleans Public Library.

United States Commission on Civil Rights, Louisiana Advisory Committee.  The Administration of Justice for Homosexual Persons in New Orleans.  Washington, D.C.: The Commission, 1989.


“Curb Advocated on Homosexuals: Crackdown to Save Young Persons Demanded.” Times-Picayune 28 Apr. 1951.

“Exiled Patron Rams Pickup into Bar Door.” Times-Picayune 3 May 1969. About an angry customer who drove his truck into Café Lafitte in Exile.

“Gay Liberation Group Marches.” Times-Picayune 24 Jan. 1971.

“Jury Acquits 3 Students Tried in Slaying of Guide.” Times-Picayune 24 Jan. 1959. Coverage of the Fernando Rios murder trial.

“Program is Up to City Council.” Times-Picayune 26 Oct. 1958. Recounts the City Council’s creation of a “Committee on the Problem of Sex Deviates.

“Quarterites Ask Protection from Slasher.” Times-Picayune 10 April 1977. About a serial killer targeting gay men.

“Vieux Carre Unit Seeks Ordinance.” Times-Picayune 8 March 1951. This article recounts the Mayor’s Advisory Committee suggestion that homosexuals be actively discouraged from coming to New Orleans.

Anderson, Ed. “Additional Gay Youth Ring Charges Hinted.” Times-Picayune 3 Nov. 1975.

Anderson-Minshall.  “Remembering the Worst Mass Killing of LGBT People in U.S. History.”  Nov. 15, 2013

Grady, Bill. “The Girl Can’t Help it, So She Helps Others.” Times-Picayune 23 July 2000. Article about local transsexual Bobbi D’ean Perry.

Griffin, Thomas. “Padlocked Door Tells Story.” New Orleans States-Item 27 March 1956. This article is an obituary of Tom Caplinger, former owner of Café Lafitte in Exile.

Grissett, Sheila. “Police: Men Stabbed by Gay Bashers.” Times-Picayune 20 Nov. 1993.

Hensley, Laura. “Transgendered Evacuee Released.” The Bryan-College Station Eagle. 10 Sept. 2005

MacCash, Douglas. “Opening the Shutter.” The Times-Picayune. 22 Oct. 1999. About George Dureau.

Perez, Frank. Moments in Gay New Orleans History, column in Ambush Magazine. Click for list of articles.

Pope, John. “Mickey Gill, Captain of Two Gay Carnival Krewes, Dies at 73.” Times-Picayune 3 Mar. 2010.

Pope, John. “Lloyd Sensat, 66,Tour Guide.” Times-Picayune 23 Feb. 2011. Obituary for tour guide and historical preservationist Lloyd Sensat.

Purpura, Paul. “Jefferson Parish Prosecuters File Obcenity Charges Against the Rev. Grant Storms.” Times-Picayune. 28 March 2011.

Treadway, Joan. “Gay Community Surfaces in Tragedy of N.O. Fire.” Times-Picayune 11 Sept. 1973.

Treadway, Joan. “Independent Route Taken for Personal Objectives.” Times-Picayune 12 Sept. 1973.

Treadway, Joan. “Homosexuals Disagree on Behavior’s ‘Sickness’.” Times-Picayune 13 Sept. 1973.

Treadway, Joan. “Psychiatric and Clerical Views—a Wide Spectrum.” Times-Picayune 14 Sept. 1973.

Treadway, Joan. “It’s Not Illegal to BE Gay—Certain Acts are Criminal.” Times-Picayune 15 Sept. 1973.

Ussery, Bob. “Police Crackdown on Gays in Park is ‘Due to Calls’.” Times-Picayune 17 Aug. 1976.


Camina, Robert. Upstairs Inferno. 2015. A documentary film about the Upstairs Lounge fire.

Anderson, Royd. The Upstairs Lounge Fire. 2013. A short documentary about the Upstairs Lounge fire.

Wolff, Tim. The Sons of Tennessee Williams. 2010. A documentary about the history of gay Carnival.


Wright, Sheri. Tracking Fire. A documentary film about the Upstairs Lounge fire.