On June 24, 1973, the patrons of the Up Stairs Lounge enjoyed an evening of socializing in a bar that was their refuge from anti-gay abuse. But that evening, a fire set on the steps leading up to the lounge, killed 32 people. The arson remains unsolved.
Author Robert Fiesler reconstructs the 1973 fire that devastated New Orleans' subterranean gay community in his book Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. Fiesler will discuss his book during a virtual event on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Mercantile Library.
Robert Fiesler joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss his book Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.
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