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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.

More of Speaker Mike Johnson’s Extreme Anti-LGBTQ+ Past and Extremist Ties Is Exposed

One previous client of Johnson's was even reportedly recorded endorsing violence against LGBTQ+ people and abortion providers.

Holocaust in New Orleans: Read The Advocate's Original Coverage From 1973

For LGBTQ+ History Month, we remember the victims of the 50-year-old massacre.

Gay Husbands Recreate Decadence Photo 23 Years Later, Proving Queer Love Can Endure

While there’s a lot of tragedy and trauma to go around, here’s a story of enduring gay love. Share your stories and photos with us at

The Spookiest Cities in America
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Radio Host Fired for Allegedly Sending Homophobic Tweet to Himself

Seth Dunlap denies he did any such thing. The slur was sent after he criticized New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees for appearing in a Focus On The Family video.

Drew Brees Continues to Not See Problem With His Hate Group Video

The New Orleans Saints quarterback claims ignorance of Focus on the Family's history and blames LGBTQ media for blowing up the story.

Football Star Drew Brees Appears in Video Produced by Anti-LGBTQ Group

The "Bring Your Bible To School Day" video was made and promoted by Focus On The Family.

'Hidden by Fire' Gives Voice to Witnesses of a Gay Mass Killing

On the 45th anniversary of the UpStairs Lounge Fire in New Orleans, witnesses and survivors are documented in photographs.

The Royal Krewe of Yuga and the Birth of Gay Carnival in New Orleans

Amid bar raids and the Red Scare, gay men in New Orleans established a vibrant culture. Read about the city's first first gay krewe in an excerpt from the new book Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans.

Don Lemon Kisses Boyfriend in Roaring New Year Broadcast

The CNN anchor was adored by social media for letting loose on national television.

Where to Have a Wicked Good Time This Halloween

New Orleans is a decadent location to spend Halloween.

Religious Right Types Blame LGBT People for Harvey's Destruction

Yes, some extremists are once again blaming us for a natural disaster.

Remembering the History of the UpStairs Lounge

The creator of a new musical about New Orleans's UpStairs Lounge fire says gay tragedies too easily fade from our collective memory.

Murders of Two More Trans Women Reported

Both were in Louisiana, and they bring this year's total to seven.

Trans Drag Performer Shot to Death in New Orleans

Chyna Doll Dupree is the fifth reported trans homicide victim of 2017.