Roberts Batson received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In addition to professional
achievement in theatrical and academic spheres, he has been a longtime gay
community activist. The author of over 200 articles on New Orleans history
and contemporary culture, he has been awarded Sigma Delta Chi and Vice
Versa awards. In 1994 he created an acclaimed New Orleans Gay Heritage
Tour, which he continues to conduct, and in 2002 began performing a one-man
theatrical show, Amazing Place, this New Orleans. Batson is currently working on a book on New Orleans gay history.
Entries by Roberts Batson
arts >> Johnston, Frances Benjamin
Pioneering photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston served as the official White House photographer during several administrations and earned fame as a photojournalist and documentary photographer.
social sciences >> New Orleans
One of America's most colorful cities, New Orleans boasts a rich tradition for glbtq people and is both a popular travel destination for gay men and lesbians and the home of a diverse glbtq community.
literature >> Saxon, Lyle Chambers
New Orleans writer Lyle Saxon is remembered primarily as an editor and friend to writers, as well as an architectural preservationist and beloved public personality.
social sciences >> Shaw, Clay
Because of his vulnerability as a homosexual, Clay Shaw was falsely accused and tried for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison to further the latter's political ambitions.