So far, the 2021 Pride events are still TBA in New Orleans as the city continues to recover from COVID-19. That said, there are still plenty of ways to show support for the NOLA LGBTQIA+community. Donate to non-profits, support local LGBTQIA+-owned businesses, and check out nightlife to celebrate Pride Month.
LGBTQIA+ Non-Profits to Support in New Orleans
LGBT Community Center Of New Orleans
The LGBT Community Center of New Orleans provides a wealth of services to the community, including legal, medical, and support for parents and families. It's an essential lifeline in the LGBTQIA+ community of New Orleans. Here, there's help with legally changing names or gender on official documents, as well as seminars on what to do if you're ever the victim of police harassment. The center also supports the arts and shows films about LGBTQIA+ issues and can also assist documentary filmmakers in finding LGBTQIA+ community members who might be willing to share their experiences. There are various ways to help the center, including volunteering and donating money or services.
Forum For Equality Foundation
Through community organization, education, and positive participation in the political process, the Forum for Equality has been at the forefront of every significant LGBTQIA+ civil rights victory in Louisiana since 1989. They've implemented many programs that help create non-discrimination policies in workplaces and schools, support for LGBTQIA+ families, and the passage of hate crime legislation. Donations to the foundation help amplify the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community in Louisiana and help support education and advocacy.
New Orleans' LGBTQIA Businesses
Looking for LGBTQIA+ friendly activities, places, and events? Check out Flame NOLA! Flame is a magazine and online resource for those looking for nightlife recommendations and articles about LGBTQIA+ daily life in New Orleans. Read exclusive interviews with drag sensations like Fatsy Cline and Monica Synclaire-Kennedy and get the in-depth scoop on the New Orleans food scene with an interview from Chef Marlon Alexander. There are also articles about health and fitness, cocktails, horoscopes, and movie reviews. This magazine is the most up-to-the-minute account of trends in LGBTQIA+ New Orleans.
Display your pride for all to see with products from Bourbon Pride. It even has an exclusive line of Pride apparel that's perfect for Pride Month. There's a range of brightly colored tees and tanks with witty slogans and mantras. Send your pride around the world with fun greeting cards. The lapel pins, face masks, and coasters make great gifts. The small Bourbon Street shop is definitely worth a visit and a popular tourist attraction.
LGBTQIA+ Nightlife in NOLA
The Country Club
Tucked away in the pleasant Bywater neighborhood, The Country Club is a refined escape from the bustle of Bourbon Street. Why this elegant retreat for Pride Month? The weekend drag brunch is an institution. Reservations can be difficult to come by, so plan to book in advance. The brunch menu is served a la carte, and the Bloody Mary bar is huge, filled with pickled vegetables, hot sauces, bottomless mimosas, and all the fixings. Beyond the cost of food and drink, there is no charge to attend the shows, which start promptly at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Take in an exceptional drag show while snacking on fried green tomatoes and sweetcorn, and blue crab bisque. The shrimp and grits are more than just your average southern staple. The shrimp are pan-seared, and the grits are laced with bright goat cheese and lemon roasted garlic butter. The brandy milk punch is another libation worth toasting to Pride Month.
Cafe Lafitte In Exile
History buffs that also enjoy a stiff drink must visit Cafe Lafitte In Exile, the oldest continuously operating LGBTQIA+ bar in the United States. Since 1933, the cafe has played host to such illustrious figures as Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote. This two-level bar has indoor and outdoor seating on both floors, which is perfect for watching the Pride Month festivities happening throughout the French Quarter. The bar is also open 24 hours a day, so you can people-watch anytime you want. Happy hour starts bright and early at 5 a.m. every day. Hey, when they said "it's five o'clock somewhere," they didn't specify a.m. or p.m. No judgment. There are popcorn specials on Mondays and karaoke on Wednesdays. If you can't make it to this historic bar in person, there are virtual tours available.