Gay rights

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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. 

A report shows a high number of Louisiana students are being harassed or assaulted at school because they are LGBTQ.
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LGBTQ students are being harassed, assualted and discriminated against in Louisiana schools, according to a new report by an LGBTQ-rights advocacy group.

The Reading Life with Robert Fieseler and Nick White

Jun 24, 2018

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Robert Fieseler, author of “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation," and short story writer Nick White, author of “Sweet & Low.” 

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA as it is commonly called, was both celebrated — and mourned — across America.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A day after electing their first African-American president , Southern Baptists have passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates meeting in New Orleans were nearly unanimous on that stance Wednesday.