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Spotlight New Orleans
 
  New Orleans is one of America's most colorful cities and boasts a rich tradition for glbtq people. The city is both a popular travel destination for gay men and lesbians and the home of a diverse glbtq community.  
 
 
  The Society of St. Anne parading in the French Quarter
The Society of St. Anne parading in New Orleans'
French Quarter during Mardi Gras
 
 
 
  Truman CapoteTruman Capote (1924-1984) was a New Orleans-born novelist and autobiographer who helped establish the quintessential homosexual writing style of the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
 
  George Dureau (b. 1930) is a New Orleans artist known for his male figure studies and narrative paintings, and for his photographs, which often feature street youths, dwarfs, and amputees.  
 
 
  Jazz, an essential element of New Orleans' cultural heritage, has often been hostile to glbtq performers. Despite that hostility, glbtq musicians have made significant contributions.  
 
 
  Frances Benjamin JohnstonFrances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) served as the official White House photographer and earned fame as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. She retired to New Orleans in 1940.  
 
 
  Mardi Gras is a festival known for wild abandon, sexual promiscuity, feasting, dancing, parading, and masquerade.  New Orleans is home to the most famous Mardi Gras festival in North America.  
 
 
  New Orleans Mardi Gras Krewes are clubs organized to stage parades, balls, or parties during Carnival season. The first gay krewe emerged in 1958, and many others have formed since.  
 
 
  Lyle Chambers Saxon (1891-1946) was a New Orleans writer who is remembered primarily as an editor and friend to writers, as well as an architectural preservationist and beloved public personality.  
 
 
  Clay Shaw (1913-1974) was a prominent New Orleans business-
man falsely accused and tried for assassinating President John F. Kennedy. His homosexuality made him vulnerable to attack by a politically ambitious district attorney.
 
 
 
  John Kennedy Toole (1936-1969) wrote Confederacy of Dunces (posthumously published in 1980), a book many consider the quintessential novel of post-World War II New Orleans.  
 
 
  Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams (1911-1983), a renowned playwright who frequently lived in New Orleans, enjoyed great success in his early plays, but saw his star fade later in life.  
 
 
  Photo Credits: Image of parade by Ted-Larry Pebworth, courtesy Ted-Larry Pebworth.  Images of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.  
  
 
         
     
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