While the gays take to the streets of New Orleans this weekend in celebration of Southern Decadence, a new documentary about a darker chapter of the city’s gay history is currently making its rounds on indy film fest circuit.
Upstairs Inferno recounts the story of a 1973 arsonist attack on the Up Stairs Lounge, a popular gay bar once located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The fire killed more than 30 people and remains the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. The devastation was compounded by the homophobic response by the general public, local government and religious leaders, who refused to acknowledge the tragedy. As a result, no one was ever charged with the crime and families were left the grieve their loved ones in silence.
To this day the case remains unsolved.
Check out the trailer for Upstairs Inferno below.