Activism is often assumed to be a project of young people, an activity with an expiration date. For Stewart Butler, it’s the exact opposite. He joined the LGBTQ rights movement in the 1980s at the age of 50. Today, Mr. Butler is considered by many to be a leader in the gay rights community, and in 2013 the ACLU recognized his efforts with an achievement award. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Mr. Butler charts his path to becoming an activist. The story begins in San Francisco.
This NOLA Life Stories interview was conducted by Mark Cave for The Historic New Orleans Collection and produced for WWNO by Sarah Holtz.