New Orleans

News from within the borders of New Orleans and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in New Orleans, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. Learn about individuals—activists, politicians, and allies—who have helped us make strides toward equality. We also cover the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explore how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
Katrina Update: Where Are They Now?

Katrina Update: Where Are They Now?

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Back then, we spoke to LGBT residents struggling to rebuild their lives; we caught up with two of them to see what their lives are like a decade after the storm.

Rebuilding Our City — the LGBT Heroes of Katrina

Rebuilding Our City — the LGBT Heroes of Katrina

In our 2005 cover story, The Advocate followed survivors of Hurricane Katrina fighting to keep the legendary gay mecca of New Orleans alive. Read the inspiring stories of resilience below.

New Orleans Man Who Kidnapped Trans Woman Granted 'Rare' Minimum Sentence

Man Who Kidnapped Trans Woman Given Minimum Sentence

After assault and attempted rape charges were dropped, a judge chose to be unusually lenient, citing the attacker's age.

New Orleans Mayor Counters Jindal's Order With One of Acceptance for All

New Orleans Mayor Counters Jindal's Order With One of Acceptance for All

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says his famously tolerant city will continue to welcome everyone, including LGBT people, despite Gov. Bobby Jindal's antigay 'conscience protection' order.

LOOK: This New Orleans Billboard Makes 400K Aware of Antitrans Violence Daily

LOOK: This Billboard Makes 400K Aware of Transphobic Violence

BreakOUT!, an LGBT youth of color activist group in New Orleans, has put up a new billboard commuters can't ignore.

New Orleans Police: Trans Woman Penny Proud Was Killed in a Robbery

New Orleans Police: Trans Woman Penny Proud Was Killed in a Robbery

As police have been investigating Penny Proud's murder, a national conversation about violence and journalistic standards concerning trans victims has been renewed.

New Orleans Sees Fifth Trans Woman of Color Murdered in U.S. in 2015

New Orleans Sees Fifth Trans Woman of Color Murdered in U.S. This Year

Tuesday morning's murder of Penny Proud has trans advocates outraged about the year's particularly deadly start for trans women of color.

How I Got My Mojo Back After a Trip to N'awlins

How I Got My Mojo Back After a Trip to N'awlins

A return to New Orleans arouses long-buried desires.

Private Law Firm Focusing on LGBT Issues Opens in New Orleans

WATCH: Private Law Firm Focusing on LGBT Issues Opens in New Orleans

Two gay lawyers have opened the first private law firm in Louisiana to focus its services on LGBT clients.

Remembering the Worst Mass Killing of LGBT People in U.S. History

Remembering the Worst Mass Killing of LGBT People in U.S. History

Forty years ago, dozens of people were trapped inside a New Orleans gay bar as it burned down. Now a new book, two films, an art installation, and a musical revisit the tragedy.

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