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  1. ratbastard says

    Sad, disgusting, and that pic of the pastor’s body in the window is gruesome. At the very least the men buried in unmarked graves deserve a decent burial.

  2. ratbastard says

    Sad, disgusting, and that pic of the pastor’s body in the window is gruesome. At the very least the men buried in unmarked graves deserve a decent burial.

  3. says

    Fascinating and sad story. A few months ago the show “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Chanel did an investigation at the Upstairs Lounge. Yes, it’s a cheezy show and the host is a DB (although kinda hot) but the investigation was surprisingly sensitive and moving. They brought in a gay ghost hunter to try and relate to the spirits still trapped there. Another piece to the puzzle.

  4. Joel V says

    An episode of Ghost Hunters was filmed there a couple of years ago at what is now the Jimani Lounge. It does not surprise me that it could be haunted especially after what happened there. I hope they get the funding they need for the documentary; it’s a story that needs to be known.

  5. Anony6 says

    @ Fenrox

    What does bringing up the holocaust have to do with this tragic event? From what I can tell, nobody in this article or the videos even tried comparing this event to the holocaust. You are the only one invoking this comparison.

    The consequence of comparing tragedies and assigning them a place in a heirarchy is the eventual trivilization and ultimately, dismissal, of some of the tragedies. What is needed is more understanding and acknowledgment of these untold stories, not dismissal.

  6. JMC says

    Anony6: Fenrox was referencing the the post title, he clearly just missed the “U.S.” bit. No need to freak out on him or missing two letters.

  7. Joel V says

    @Jack M, “Even worse is that some of the bodies were not claimed. How did the families possibly explain their disappearance?”

    Indeed Jack, that’s even more disturbing.

  8. anon says

    The long, sordid history of crowded space fires was the subject of a documentary a friend of mine did many years ago. Fire safety codes have saved many lives. In the nineteenth century whole city sections used to burn down–it’s a major reason NYC has a huge number of brick buildings–the wooden ones all burnt down. I should check to see if the documentary is on Hulu.

  9. Jeff says

    They talked about this yesterday at church. I go to MCC so not surprising I guess. These men will never be forgotten. I hope those alive still covering it up are aware they are not off the hook for murder and injustice.

  10. MIke says

    I lived in New Orleans and was ten years old and remember live coverage and interviews with patrons of the bar who escaped. Bill Elder was the reporter and WWL the station. I’ll always remember it. That and the Rault Center fire and the Howard Johnson’s sniper.

  11. MB says

    Weird factoid: The mayor of the time of the fire is reported to have made no statement of sympathy for the victims. His name: Moon Landrieu, father of current mayor Mitch Landrieu.

  12. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    Similar shameful behavior by victims’ families after the NYC Everard Baths fire, and I belive there was also a bathhouse fire in SF where bodies went unclaimed.

  13. David Hearne says

    From the summary, I assumed this was an attack on the gay community, not a criminal act from within. I realize that the story here is the indifference of the city officials to what happened, but even today we tend to look at nightclub fires with less empathy than a school bus explosion.

  14. MIke says

    “Weird factoid: The mayor of the time of the fire is reported to have made no statement of sympathy for the victims. His name: Moon Landrieu, father of current mayor Mitch Landrieu.

    Posted by: MB | Jun 24, 2013 2:50:58 PM”

    Don’t you think people would recognize his daughter who is currently serving in the US Senate?

  15. Alejandro says

    Our community has endured so much and seen so much and survived so much, and we’ve come out to be an amazing community. I love nothing more than reading historical LGBT books and just learning about those who were bravely out and themselves, and were targeted for it. Their memory lives on forever.

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