On Sunday June 24, 1973, a fire broke out at the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
The fire claimed 32 lives and became the deadliest fire in New Orleans history and the largest massacre of gay people ever in the U.S. Approximately 20 people escaped the blaze, which was intentionally set by an arsonist.
The press coverage of the fire, was barely acknowledged and no city official dared make a statement about the horrific incident.
Below is a trailer for the upcoming documentary “Upstairs Inferno,” about the worst mass murder of LGBT people in US history: