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.

The tragic search for a "lost" soul: Ferris LeBlanc.

October 05 2015 12:03 PM

A recent fire at a Crescent City nightclub symbolizes the shrinking presence of the city's queer African-American residents.

September 03 2015 4:45 AM

Flames from the fire that burned down the popular gay club in the city's Seventh Ward could be seen for miles.

September 01 2015 4:38 PM Updated

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.

August 28 2015 6:15 AM

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.

August 27 2015 4:00 AM

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

July 02 2015 6:39 AM

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.

May 22 2015 3:56 PM

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

May 13 2015 6:02 AM

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

February 16 2015 2:29 PM