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The Art of Activism

Picolla Tushy's 'Resist This' Series Blends Politics with Performance

Resist This, an ongoing activism-infused affair presented by Picolla Tushy with her troupe The Bluestockings, held its June edition on Saturday (6.10) night at Sidney's Saloon. The intimate night weaved burlesque, comedy, music, poetry, and vaudevillian varieties to raise funds and awareness for the LGBT Community Center, during New Orleans' Pride weekend. 

Pride Guide

Top Pride Events in New Orleans This Weekend

Festivities for New Orleans Pride are underway. Whether a parader, a partier, a costume queen, or trivia maven, there is something for everyone this weekend. Read on for NoDef's picks for the can't-miss events around town, and be sure to check out New Orleans Pride's official list of all events.

Drag Talents to Perform Benefit Show in Support of Assault Victim

Tonight, members of the city’s drag community will band together to perform a show for a cause. Bud Rips will play host to Billy Gotta Booboo, a drag and dance party to benefit the recovery of a local New Orleans resident who was the victim of a brutal assault. 

Sugar In Your Tank: Stories of Queer Resistance

"The first time I heard the phrase 'sugar in the tank’ was by my auntie in reference to my then-closeted gay male high school friend as she admired him strutting off into the world as he always did,” said Indee Mitchell, a performance artist and co-director of Last Call, a queer artist/activist collective. Together with Bring Your Own Stories, Last Call will host an event tonight named for the phrase as part of the Queer Histories/Queer Futures series partnership with the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans. 

Bona Drag: Inaugural Bushwig South Festival Comes to NOLA

New Orleans has no shortage of drag royalty and now, in true NOLA fashion, there is a festival to commemorate the boldest and brightest queer performers in town. Brooklyn’s biggest drag fest Bushwig will host its inaugural southern offshoot event on May 13th at Castillo Blanco Art Studios. 

Louisiana Residents Divided Over LGBTQ Rights and Religious Freedom Laws, Study Says

The sixth installment of the 2017 Louisiana Survey released on Thursday (4.13) reveals that the state’s residents are clearly divided along political lines when it comes to rights for the LGBTQ community. Though public opinion favors the existence of anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, Louisiana is split over “religious-freedom” laws that allow businesses to deny services to same-sex couples on the basis of religion. 

LGBTQ Symposium to Address Future of Health Care

A recent survey released by GLAAD entitled “Accelerating Acceptance 2017” shows that more Americans than ever before support LGBTQ rights and, in fact, identify themselves on a spectrum of sexuality. Despite a nationally changing dialogue on gay rights and locally, New Orleans having the fourth highest percentage LGBT population in the country, the politically embattled discourse on gay rights continues with Louisiana lawmakers. 

Toilet Tussle

Louisiana Sues Feds Over Bathroom Directive, JBE and Landry Feud

The state of Louisiana is part of a lawsuit filed against the Obama administration, positing that a directive allowing transgender students in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity lacks any authority. However, the state government, itself, is embroiled in an internal war over LGBT rights.

Pride 2016 Schedule Released

Decadence is not until the end of summer, but for those longing for some rainbow colored festivities relief is in sight. This week, organizers announced the details of the New Orleans Pride 2016 festival. 

Rainbow Warrior: Edwards Issues LGBTQ Protections

On Wednesday (4.13), Governor John Bel Edwards made good on a campaign promise and signed an executive order rescinding Bobby Jindal’s previous religious freedom order. In addition, the current Governor issued a second order  aimed at protecting all citizens including transgendered Louisianans from discrimination.

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