On June 24th, 1973 an arsonist attacked a gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. 32 people died, and 15 were injured.
Families refused to retrieve bodies, and Churches refused to bury the victims’ remains. No one was ever charged.
Jokes made rounds in workplaces and were repeated on the radio: “Where will they bury the queers? In fruit jars!” — “Did you hear about the weenie roast?.”
Neither the Mayor of New Orleans, nor the Governor of Louisiana made a statement concerning the fire, or the tragedy felt by the LGBT community.