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Overlooked No More: Bill Larson, Who Became a Symbol of Gay Loss in New Orleans

Jun 26, 2019 - The New York Times

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. This month we’re adding the stories of important L.G.B.T.Q. figures.

The fire that ripped through the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans, was (and still is) the deadliest blaze the city had ever recorded. Thirty-two people perished on that day, June 24, 1973.

Their deaths, however, were largely met with indifference by public officials and much of the...