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For gay, lesbian, bi, and trans travelers heading to the American South, New Orleans represents a one-of-a-kind experience. Home to the oldest gay bar in the country, New Orleans knows how to cater to the LGBT community, how to keep them hooked and entertained. As a result, you will find all types of community here, from young club boys to cubs, and lesbians who know how to party!
Every year, tourists swarming the Crescent City for Mardi Gras know to expect a raucous party, over-the-top costumes, and a whooole bunch of beads. Mardi Gras was the one day out of the year when cross-dressing in public was tolerated by police. Still, tensions with law officials ran high.
It claims to be the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the United States along with White Horse Inn in Oakland, California which has also operated since Originally, the bar was opened in a famous old building at Bourbon Street known as Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. When the owner of the business, Tom Caplinger, was forced to vacate that location, he reopened at Bourbon Street and named the new bar Cafe Lafitte in Exile. The bar is open 24 hours a day and has hosted such luminaries as Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.
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By Andrew Collins. One of the world's great party destinations, it's not exactly shocking that New Orleans - with its liberal attitudes about everything from sexuality to cocktails - is a top destination for gay and lesbian clubbing and bar-hopping. But as New Orleans has become more mixed and eclectic in recent years, a number of mostly hetero bars Uptown and elsewhere in the city have developed a somewhat gay following.
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What can I say? This city has a magical pull. How can I explain how insanely queer this city is? Breaking down roles, recreating identities, writing our own stories, and celebrating the uniqueness of our culture is ingrained in the essence of NOLA.
Beth says, Don't leave New Orleans without eating a barbecued shrimp po'boy at Liuzza's at the Track. Calling New Orleans gay-friendly is like saying red beans and rice is a good idea for Monday supper. The city has long been a landing spot for people of all stripes and polka dots — the artistic, expressive and the type that dances to their own drummer.