Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS: Nine Anti-Gay Preachers Arrested At Southern Decadence

Greater New Orleans reports:

Nine preachers were arrested Saturday after police said they yelled anti-gay slurs over bullhorns during a demonstration at Southern Decadence, an annual celebration of gay culture in theFrench Quarter. Patrick O’Connell, 45, Rolando Igleasias, 31, Cesar Chavez, 22, Daniel Hoogerhuis, 26, Danny Guevera, 20, Larry Craft, 52, Montes Diego, 32 and Gary Brown, 33 were arrested on suspicion of aggressive solicitation, a city law passed last October.The ordinance prohibits “any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.” Another man, Justin Craft, 31, was arrested on suspicion of battery, resisting an officer and interfering with a law enforcement investigation. Craft allegedly punched an officer when he attempted to confiscate his bullhorn. Witnesses said the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. outside Tropical Isle.New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson said the men were previously warned not to use bullhorns, but did not comply. Casey Kolosky, a bouncer at Tropical Isle, said the preachers were making slurs against gays and also mentioned Hurricane Katrina victims.French Quarter activist Leo Watermeier, who has long opposed the vitriolic demonstrations by religious fundamentalists at Decadence, took pictures of the incident outside of Tropical Isle. Some of the preachers carried signs tagged with officialstreetpreachers.com, but police said they did not know the exact organization the men represented.The Vieux Carre Assembly of God Church in the French Quarter usually allows the preachers to use the church as a base where they can get water and rest, said Pastor Paul Gros, who said he believes the city ordinance violates their free speech rights. “I’m not saying I approve of everything they say and do,” Gros said.Watermeier said he supports the preachers’ free speech rights, but “this seems a genuine effort by NOPD to respect the preachers’ right to free speech while recognizing others’ right to be free from unreasonable harassment.”
Sunday, November 20, 2011

Legendary Gay Bar Owner In New Orleans Yvonne Fasnacht, Dies At 101

The Advocate reports:

Whoever said good booze and good times wasn’t healthy hadn’t met  Yvonne “Miss Dixie” Fasnacht, the quirky, plain-talking, and fun-loving lesbian owner of two infamous New Orleans gay bars. When Fasnacht died last Sunday, in her Metairie, Louisiana home, she was 101.Dixie’s Bar of Music became a place where LGBT folks mingled comfortably with luminaries like Helen Hayes, Danny Kaye, Walter Cronkite, and more than one congressman, long before coming out of the closet was considered an option. According toNOLA.com, Dixie’s was opened on St. Charles Ave. in the Central Business District in 1939. A decade later she moved it to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.                         “Dixie’s was the kind of place where Uptown and downtown, straight and gay, celebrities and regular folks rubbed shoulders,” a customer said in a 1996 Times-Picayune interview that included this observation from another former regular: “Everybody who was anybody ended up at Dixie’s.”Despite that lofty reputation, “it was a gay bar,” said Frank Gagnard, a former Times-Picayune critic, who was a customer.“It was more a social center than it was a pickup bar,” he said. “It was where gay people went to meet friends. Miss Dixie didn’t allow any hanky-panky at all.”But when the bars were raided by police, Fasnacht would reportedly bail out all of the gay and trans folks who were arrested, using money from the cash register at the bar.Reports say that even though Fasnacht was a lesbian (and a devout Catholic), “she didn’t intend to have a gay bar,” said Peter Patout, a former neighbor and longtime friend. “It was a bar, and gays were there. It was known as a gay bar. She didn’t advertise it.”And the famous nickname? Fasnach, who played the sax, clarinet, and tambourine, got the nickname while touring with an all-girl band, the Smart Set, in Pittsburgh. NOLA.com says she was fascinated by seeing snow for the first time and her fellow musicians dubbed her “Dixie.” 

Legendary Gay Bar Owner In New Orleans Yvonne Fasnacht, Dies At 101

The Advocate reports:

Whoever said good booze and good times wasn’t healthy hadn’t met  Yvonne “Miss Dixie” Fasnacht, the quirky, plain-talking, and fun-loving lesbian owner of two infamous New Orleans gay bars. When Fasnacht died last Sunday, in her Metairie, Louisiana home, she was 101.
Dixie’s Bar of Music became a place where LGBT folks mingled comfortably with luminaries like Helen Hayes, Danny Kaye, Walter Cronkite, and more than one congressman, long before coming out of the closet was considered an option. According toNOLA.com, Dixie’s was opened on St. Charles Ave. in the Central Business District in 1939. A decade later she moved it to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.                         

“Dixie’s was the kind of place where Uptown and downtown, straight and gay, celebrities and regular folks rubbed shoulders,” a customer said in a 1996 Times-Picayune interview that included this observation from another former regular: “Everybody who was anybody ended up at Dixie’s.”

Despite that lofty reputation, “it was a gay bar,” said Frank Gagnard, a former Times-Picayune critic, who was a customer.

“It was more a social center than it was a pickup bar,” he said. “It was where gay people went to meet friends. Miss Dixie didn’t allow any hanky-panky at all.”
But when the bars were raided by police, Fasnacht would reportedly bail out all of the gay and trans folks who were arrested, using money from the cash register at the bar.

Reports say that even though Fasnacht was a lesbian (and a devout Catholic), “she didn’t intend to have a gay bar,” said Peter Patout, a former neighbor and longtime friend. “It was a bar, and gays were there. It was known as a gay bar. She didn’t advertise it.”

And the famous nickname? Fasnach, who played the sax, clarinet, and tambourine, got the nickname while touring with an all-girl band, the Smart Set, in Pittsburgh. NOLA.com says she was fascinated by seeing snow for the first time and her fellow musicians dubbed her “Dixie.” 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Funny Gurl: Ellen DeGeneres Trains With The Saints