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LGBT Queer History Tour

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Explore the French Quarter’s LGBTQ History

Home to one of the first gay neighborhoods and first gay bars in the United States, the country’s queer history has deep roots in the French Quarter.

Whether a Gay Pride parade, our annual Southern Decadence festival, or an afternoon Drag Brunch, New Orleans is one of few places in the world where members of the LGBTQ community can truly embrace – and are applauded for – being their authentic selves. The French Quarter has long been a gathering place for LGBTQ writers, artists, chefs, and performers, so it’s no wonder we have gay bars and social clubs dating back to the 1930s. But the acceptance of LGBTQ people was not always with the open arms we see today.

The LGBT Queer History walking tour delves deep into the complicated past of gay New Orleans. You learn about the struggles faced by gay community members over the decades, such as brutal beatings, disowned sons and daughters, and the Upstairs Lounge fire that tragically killed over 30 people.

But with each struggle, you hear about hope. From gay Mardi Gras krewes to supportive clergy members to the creation of gay rights political groups, New Orleans now lets “you be you,” in all your glory!

This tour will take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. At least 2 people are required to run this tour, but they may be booked separately.

Where Do We Meet?

We’ll meet at the American Townhouse Restaurant & Bar at 1012 N Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116. Pro tip: Get there early if you wish to order food or drinks as we’ll begin the tour promptly at the starting time.