Lacey Reinhardt is the owner and operator of Haunted STL Tours and the Host of the American Spirits Podcast. Patrick and Lacey discuss paranormal tourism, ethics and cultural sensitivity in the paranormal field, “ghost hunter” stereotypes, and so many delicious tangents!
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A wonderful article was written today by Terry Firma at The Friendly Atheist, in remembrance of the largest LGBT massacre in the US. This month I’ve been so wound up waiting to hear the ruling on DOMA. Every week that goes by without a ruling, I get so frustrated. Is it really that difficult of a decision for them? Then suddenly this article reminds me that there was a time when you truly had to hide if you were gay… you had to be embarrassed and ashamed, you had to live scared, and apparently in 1973, only five years before I was born, someone could murder 32 beautiful souls, most of whom were gay, and ehh… it’s not a big deal. The crime has never been solved.
Chances are you didn’t know about all of this, right? Well here’s where the paranormal relevance comes in. As I mentioned in my comment on this article, I am incredibly embarrassed, frustrated, and saddened that I had never heard of this horrific moment in history until last year. It took a Ghost Hunters episode to bring it to my attention… and it was a fantastic episode. I was so moved I cried.
I encourage you to read the article, and be sure to check out the trailer for the documentary that is mentioned. I hope to find it and see it soon. Also, there is great information at The Tragedy of the UpStairs Lounge, at TheJimani.com, a site for the current bar that is in business on the main floor of the same building.
I hope you’ll forgive me, because in many ways this topic is near and dear to my heart. Please share one of these sites. Share in honor of those who lost their lives, many of whom were not memorialized because their families were too embarrassed or ashamed. Times have changed. People need to know the story.