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LGBT+ History of New Orleans

LGBT+ History of New Orleans

LGBT + History of New Orleans

Next Course: May 1, 2024 - June 26, 2024

This course explores New Orleans' rich LGBT+ history. Topics include: pre-colonial and colonial references, French Quarter Preservation efforts, Arts and Letters, Gay Carnival, Southern Decadence, the UpStairs Lounge fire, bar history, activists and activism, HIV / AIDS, organizational history, queer publications and journalism, trans activism, drag culture, notable characters, and more. The course will contextualize local queer history within a national context and highlights New Orleans' contributions to national LGBT+ historical narratives. The last class period is the instructor's signature Rainbow Fleur de Lis Walking tour, which is a leisurely sashay through the French Quarter.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a Loyola University New Orleans Certificate of Completion and 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Instructor: Frank Perez, B.S., M.A.

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Tour Guiding

Program Details

Tuition: $250

Course Dates: 05/01/24 - 06/26/24

Day(s): Wednesday

Time: 6PM - 8PM

Location: Loyola Uptown Campus, Building/Room TBD

Contact Hours/CEUs: 16 contact hours/1.6 CEUs

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NOTCF Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunity

The Office of Professional and Continuing Studies (PACS) received a grant from the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund supporting professional development for aspiring and seasoned tour guides of New Orleans. PACS is offering 5 scholarships to eligible applicants to receive full tuition.

The mission of the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund is to support cultural industries and culture bearers of the City of New Orleans through partnerships, grants, and programs to advance sustainable tourism.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Aspiring or Licensed Tour Guide of New Orleans
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Must attend all sessions and ensure sign-in is completed
  • Must complete the mid-point and final surveys emailed from


Discounts & Additional Information

Discounts available for Loyola alumni, current Loyola students, Loyola faculty and staff, and active duty or retired military.

Must email qualifying ID to upon registration.

Learn more about the Loyola Professional and Continuing Studies registration information, including parking, cancellations, and the refund policy. 

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