Book remembers devastating 1973 fire at gay New Orleans bar

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The cover of Robert Fieseler’s book “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.”

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A new book details the 1973 deadly fire at a New Orleans gay bar that killed 32 patrons.

Robert Fieseler’s book is called “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.”

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Fire at gay sauna in Berlin kills 3 men, injures 1

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BERLIN (AP)- German officials say three men have died and one was seriously injured in a fire at a gay sauna in Berlin.

The fire broke out Feb. 5 at the Steam Works club in the German capital’s Schoeneberg district. Berlin’s fire department said in a statement Monday that 25 people were able to escape the fire on their own.

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Oakland fire exposes rift over naming transgender victims

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Feral Pines proved to be as complex in death as she was in life as friends and family struggled this week to settle on the correct name to remember the victim of the Oakland warehouse party fire killed along with 35 others.

Pines, a 29-year-old transgender woman who recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, was born in Connecticut in 1987. Relatives largely knew her as Riley, which she asked them to call her after she graduated from college.

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Fire engulfs century-old LGBT church; no injuries

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A massive fire engulfed a century-old Gothic church that hosted many programs for young children and gay worshipers, but no injuries were reported.

The fire was reported Aug. 29 at a Presbyterian church in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood. Firefighters were on the scene in two minutes and needed about two hours to bring the fire under control.

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Uprisings: Putting out the fire with gasoline

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For those of us Floridians with thinking caps at the ready (not made of tin foil), the whole legislative pre-emption fracas brought on by backroom dealings over mahogany tables a few years back makes for an interesting echo in regard to the North Carolina hate bill called HB2. By now, you’re aware that Bruce Springsteen, Cirque de Soleil and Bryan Adams among others have canceled their shows in that state, and others, like Duran Duran and Against Me! have chosen to fulfill their civic duties more vocally by openly and proudly asking ticketholders to sign petitions against North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s law during their performances. It’s bigotry at its worst, and the governor, at least on Meet the Press, has yet to realize the needling damage he’s done.

“I do believe in our high schools, in our middle schools, in our universities, we should continue to have the tradition that we’ve been having in this country for years,” McCrory told NBC’s Chuck Todd on his weekend parade.“And we have a women’s facility and a men’s facility. You know, it’s worked out pretty well. And I don’t think we need any further government interference.”

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Sarasota police looking for Throb Nightclub arsonist

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Throb Nightclub Arson Surveillance Video

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal are asking the public to help identify a man suspected of arson in a Sarasota nightclub fire on 9/6/15. Anyone with information should call 941.861.4934 or the arson hotline 877.662.7766.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video Sept. 10 of a man setting fire to the front of Throb Nightclub.

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Rhode Island court throws out firefighters’ gay pride lawsuits

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Providence, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has thrown out lawsuits brought by two Providence firefighters who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections.

The firefighters, Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno, argued that they are Roman Catholics and therefore do not support or condone being gay.

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Overheard in Orlando: Helping out the little guys

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Burning suspicions
There are lots of rumors surrounding a fire that started behind Savoy over the Halloween weekend. But one thing is for certain, no one was hurt and Police are working on identifying a suspect. According to a post on the Savoy Facebook page, someone lit a fire on nearby train tracks and also doused the exterior ledges of windows near the entrance of the bar. But that accelerant was never set aflame. Many suggested that the fire was a hate crime, but Orlando Police are staying quiet on that for now. Video footage of the suspect has been turned over to OPD and eyewitnesses have shared their account of the fire. Savoy was quick to thank the OPD and Orlando Fire Department for their quick response. And to put fans of the club at ease, Savoy plans to add more security cameras and better lighting in the back of the property.

Eyeing Ivanhoe
Real Estate Inverlad Development LLC, a developer in town, has Ivanhoe Village, which is known as an arts district for many locals, in its sites for a new local project. The area is also home to the Orlando International Fringe Festival offices. LGBT-owned businesses, like the Venue and D Squared Productions and LGBT ally-owned bars like The Thirsty Topher are also located there. The project is called The Yard, and it will be a mixed-use space allowing for commercial use and residential living but the plan is to keep the aesthetic of the established artists in the neighborhood. According to the project’s conceptual artwork online, the new development will be between Virginia and Lake Formosa, enveloping Alden Road. Douglas White of D Squared said he welcomed progress but hopes the developers plan on working with the current businesses and will strive to keep the artists. As of right now, the current businesses haven’t been told how long they have to move or to renegotiate leases for the new spaces. We were told discussions are set to start as early as next week.

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Retired minister sets self on fire to protest discrimination of LGBTs, human rights

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Grand Saline, TX – A retired Texas minister committed suicide on June 23 by setting himself on fire to combat and protest continuing human rights injustices.

The deceased human rights activist, Charles Moore, 79, doused himself in gasoline in a strip-mall in Grand Saline then lit himself on fire, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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Man burns down lesbian couple’s home

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Miami – A Miami registered sex offender is under arrest for setting fire to a trailer which was home to a lesbian couple and their eight children.

Norma Beteta Fonseca, her partner, Latanya Dinsy, and her children were awakened and pulled from their beds by neighbors when they spotted smoke coming from the trailer early morning March 29, according to the Miami Herald, which reported reports the trailer had no working smoke detectors or fire warning system.

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