We’re excited to join LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana’s Frank Perez tomorrow for a virtual panel and presentation on the deadliest fire in New Orleans’ history, a still-unsolved arson attack on the Up Stairs Lounge. RSVP and meet the panelists below — we’ll see you on Zoom!
Free with RSVP: https://bit.ly/upstairs-lounge-attack
**Courtney Sharp (she, her) was the first transgender member of the national PFLAG Board of Directors and has been a transgender activist since the mid-1990s. She served on the Board of Directors for LAGPAC, Mayor Marc Morial’s LGBT Advisory Committee, and served in leadership positions during efforts to include protections for gender identity in the City of New Orleans from 1995 to 1998. The City Council passed the ordinance amending Chapter 86 of the Human Relations Code.
**Clayton Delery (he, him) is the author of “Out for Q***r Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice,” which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT+ Nonfiction. His previous book, “The Up Stairs Lounge Arson,” was named Book of the Year by the La Humanities.
**Robert W. Fieseler (he, him) is a NLGJA Journalist of the Year and the acclaimed nonfiction author of “Tinderbox.” As a Mellon Fellow at Tulane University, he’s working on his second q***r history book, a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia Journalism Review and also serves on the board of LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.
**Moderator Frank Perez (he, him) is the co-founder and Executive Director of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. He is also a writer, historian, educator, public speaker, small-business owner, and tour guide who has authored several books on New Orleans q***r history, the most recent of which is “Political Animal: The Life and Times of Stewart Butler.” He is a columnist for Ambush Magazine and French Quarter Journal.