From Exile to Decadence: An LGBT+ History in the French Quarter

presented by Author Frank Perez


Thursday| July 30, 2018
5:30 reception | 6 pm presentation
Beauregard-Keyes House | 1113 Chartres

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These events are free and open to the public
and will take place monthly on weekdays.


Join us on the first night of Southern Decadence, Thursday, August 30th, for a late summer event in our Tricentennial Lecture Series! Author Frank Perez will present, From Exile to Decadence: An LGBT+ History of the French Quarter.
Reception at 5:30 | Lecture at 6 pm

Members of the gay community in New Orleans helped preserve the history and architecture of the French Quarter in the early 20th century while simultaneously fighting personal battles against discrimination and oppression. In this lecture, author Frank Perez will discuss the evolution and progress of the LGBT+ experience in New Orleans through four of its most compelling pillars: Cafe Lafitte in Exile, the UpStairs Lounge, Gay Carnival, and Southern Decadence.

These events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To guarantee a seat, please email Lily at

Copies of Frank Perez’s new book, Southern Decadence in New Orleans (with Howard Philips Smith), will be available for purchase at the event. A full description of the book can be found here:

In addition to serving as the President of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, Frank Perez is a writer, historian, educator, public speaker, small-business owner, and tour guide. He has authored three books: In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar (with Jeffrey Palmquist), Treasures of the Vieux Carre: Ten Self-Guided Walking Tours of the French Quarter, and Southern Decadence in New Orleans (with Howard P. Smith). He lives in the French Quarter.

Many thanks to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, their Keep it 300 program, and Union Pacific Railroad for their support of this series.

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