I’ve always felt it vitally important to tell the stories of gay history – my history. Ever since I made my ﬁrst documentary ﬁlm 10 years ago, it’s been my mission to tell and re-tell the stories of gay men and women, whose struggles have brought us the liberties and protections we enjoy today. For how can any of us truly appreciate the gifts we have without knowing the sacrifices it took to attain them? Simply put, we could not.
The story of Southern Knights was born from the deadliest hate
crime ever to be perpetrated upon the gay community – The Upstairs Lounge Fire of 1973. But the crime of arson is only half the story. As a native of New Orleans, I was privy to many of the tales of the survivors and the courage it took for them to heal from this senseless tragedy.
This is a retelling of that journey of redemption. Steeped in the rich traditions of New Orleans and Mardi Gras, this is an opportunity to highlight this dark moment in gay history so that we might learn its lessons and, hopefully, never repeat them.