Clayton Delery, the author of The Up Stairs Lounge Arson, has delivered his latest manuscript. One evening in New Orleans, three Tulane undergrads wanted to beat up a stranger just because he was gay. Fernando Rios fit that bill. He was beaten and robbed in an alleyway, left unconscious on the sidewalk, and died later that day. During January of 1959, his assailants were charged but acquitted under the “gay panic” defense, and the courtroom cheered. Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice, to be released Fall 2017, delves into the connections between anti-Latino prejudices, homophobia, and societal norms in 1950s America.
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