Yesterday, June 24th 2012 was the 39th anniversary of the firebombing of the UpStairs Lounge, the New Orleans gay bar, which killed 32 gay men and constituted the single largest mass murder of gays in the history of the United States. As it did yesterday June 24th fell on a Sunday that night in 1973. Inside the bar just like every Sunday was the local MCC church meeting. Even in death these lgbtq people never found acceptance. ”In the days that followed, other churches refused to allow survivors to hold a memorial service for the victims on their premises. Catholics, Lutherans, and Baptists all said no.Eventually, a Unitarian congregation agreed to host a memorial service. The UpStairs arsonist was never apprehended.” - Towleroad