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  • Jun 2016

In 1973, thirty people died in an attack on a US gay bar… and everyone laughed about it

Source : Pinknews
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By : @tom Actz editorial

The world is in mourning in the wake of the Orlando gay club massacre – but the last time this happened, the response couldn’t have been more different. 

The Orlando attack is the worst mass killing of LGBT people in US history, with 49 dead and more than 50 injured. However, it is not the first time that a gay bar has been targeted  in the US, and it is not the first time that dozens died.

Back in June 1973, the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans – a popular local gay bar – was set on fire during the city’s Pride celebrations. The President at the time, Richard Nixon, did not lead the nation in condemning the attack as Obama has done this month. 

No government official said a single word about the tragedy. And no-one was ever prosecuted over the attack.

To this day, the cause of the attack is listed as “undetermined origin” – and a former patron of the bar who was suspected of carrying out the attack was never charged. Instead, the media led a wave of crude innuendo and foul jokes.

One radio host quipped: “What will they bury the ashes of queers in? Fruit jars.”
Another popular ‘joke’: “What major happened in New Orleans on June 24? That only thirty faggots died – not more!”