Celebration & Change in LGBT+ New Orleans—March 10—Join us for a discussion of LGBT+ celebrations and their part in shaping experiences, activism, and visibility in New Orleans. Today, city hall flies the Pride flag, but the LGBT+ community was not always officially recognized or accepted. Hosted in conjunction with the current exhibition "Grand Illusions: The History and Artistry of Gay Carnival in New Orleans," this panel will explore if and how celebrated traditions such as gay carnival and Southern Decadence changed policies and attitudes in the city. Leaders and scholars of the LGBT+ community will address whether an act of revelry can be an act of protest—one that effectively shocks the system and brings about change. Robert Fieseler will moderate the conversation with panelists Larry Bagneris, Michael "Fish" Hickerson, Alecia Long, Frank Perez, and Courtney Sharp. This program is FREE and open to the public. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM at The Presbytere on Jackson Square.
Blasts from the Past: The Ultimate Bar Reunion—March 21—Ready for a trip down memory lane? We talk all the time about having fun and hanging out with friends at bars from years ago; what if we could turn back time and be able to relive those moments together? We are bringing back for one night former bar owners, bartenders and DJs from Charlene's, The Sanctuary, Pino's, The Other Side , The Friendly Bar, The New Bar, Club Tribute, Toxic, Lady Magic's Bar. Diane's, Brady's, Club LAX, Anything Geauxs, Masquerade's, Angle's, Kim's 940, Bourbon Pub, The Four Season's, Ruby Fruit Jungle, The Mint, The Blue Odyssey, Les Pierre’s, Soiled Dove, The Clinic, Elaine's and more!! Several bar owners and bartenders have already confirmed that they will be attending!! Cover is $5.00 at door. Organized by Misti and Catherine Gaither. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8 PM – 1 AM at Phillips Bar & Restaurant, 733 Cherokee (Corner of Maple), New Orleans, Louisiana 70118.
Letters Read-- Thursday, March 26—The Letters of Stewart Butler—Emcee Frank Perez, readers Dylan Hunter and Rebecca Hollingsworth. Audio engineer Steve Chyzyk, Sonic Canvas Studio. This event provides a rare glimpse into the personal life of an important Louisiana political activist. It begins with the 1967 era correspondence from Ann, an intimate friend. The reading weaves in annual Valentine’s letters beginning in 1999 that Stewart still mails to 200 of his dearest friends. Since the 1970s, Butler has been a significant force in the Louisiana civil rights movement. In 1984, 1986 and 1991 he strategically advocated for changing gay-rights ordinances. Butler was a co-founder of LGPAC (the Louisiana chapter of Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus) and has served on boards including the Lesbian and Gay Community Center, PFLAG, and LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. At Frenchmen Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA., 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM.
Letters Read—May 12—The Letters of Tennessee Williams—In collaboration with Acting Up (In Acadiana)—at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA.
Annual Membership Meeting—June 3—Marigny Opera House. Keynote Speaker: Poppy Tooker.
New Orleans Pride Parade—June 13—The LGBT+ Archives Project is one of the Parade Grand Marshals this year!
Queer True Crime Panel Discussion—June 24—The Historic New Orleans Collection. Details forthcoming.
Letters Read—July 16—The Letters of Skip Ward—At the Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 2nd Street, Alexandria, LA.
Book Signing—August 6—At the AP exhibit space at 636 St. Ann. 6 PM – 7 PM
Oracle Gala—October 3—This year the Archives Project honors Michael Elias and the Corner Pocket, whose substantial collection of memorabilia has been donated to The Historic New Orleans Collection. Details forthcoming.
Letters Read—November 11—Letters from Bob Stewart and other Louisiana Veterans—at Bastion, community of resilience, 1901 Mirabeau Avenue, New Orleans.