Beth says, Don't leave New Orleans without eating a barbecued shrimp po'boy at Liuzza's at the Track. Calling New Orleans gay-friendly is like saying red beans and rice is a good idea for Monday supper. The city has long been a landing spot for people of all stripes and polka dots — the artistic, expressive and the type that dances to their own drummer.
Home to Cafe Lafitte in Exile -- the oldest gay bar in the country -- Louisiana is an odd mix of acceptance for diversity, especially in the larger cities, and cultural and religious conservatism that opposes alternative lifestyles. Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender LGBT travelers will likely feel more at ease in bigger cities, such as New Orleans or Baton Rouge, where more activities and options are available. LGBT-friendly places exist throughout the state.
The Krewe of Yuga was the first gay Carnival club infollowed by the Krewe of Petronius in The Krewe of Yuga disbanded after a police raid on their fifth ball inbut the Krewe of Petronius continued to hold balls. Other krewes formed despite the oppressive atmosphere, such as the Krewes of Amon-Ra, Ganymede, Armeinius, Apollo, Ishtar the first lesbian kreweand Olympus.
On Christmas Evethe disco ball at the Drama Club spun over a packed house. From the plaster walls painted to look like brick to the lights clamped on black pipes overhead, the place had an improvised, high-school-theater feel to it, and the gay men, lesbians, and friends who danced and smoked there that night were especially close and relaxed. Christmas, and its attendant family time, can be complicated for gays and lesbians in the South, and people were happy for an excuse to get out of the house. Like many gay bars outside of big cities, it was a place where people who would never deign to cross paths in the larger world could find a home for themselves.
On Dec. The Caliph, with its Moorish motif mixed with disco lights, is known for its live piano entertainment, karaoke, fresh popcorn and, perhaps most importantly, its old-school neighborhood bar vibe. Mallen Family Trust.
Thirty-one men and one woman died in what was then the largest mass killing of gay people in American history. The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. Long considered arson, the case remains unsolved; the prime suspect, who was never charged, committed suicide a year after the fire.
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The French Quarter has a long tradition of embracing diversity. There are many bars and clubs that are especially geared toward the LGBTI community where everyone can go and have a good time. Meeting Planners.
With a pool table, jukebox, pool table, and events like drag queen bingo, Hound Dogs presents a scene that is both inclusive and diverse. Like most bars in Baton Rouge, however, be aware that Hound Dogs is a smoking environment and the closed space can get a bit stuffy. Located at the heart of historic Spanish Town, Hound Dogs is always looking to welcome new members into its little community. Save to Wishlist.