Clayton Delery



Clayton Delery is most recently the author of Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice. His previous book, The Up Stairs Lounge Arson was named Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities—the first time an LGBT-themed book has received this designation. Delery has also contributed chapters to Fashionably Late and My Gay New Orleans.





11:15 a.m. to Noon
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room F
Outing: Systematic Discrimination in New Orleans

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice

On a September night in 1958, three New Orleans college students went looking for a gay man to assault. They chose Fernando Rios, who died from the beating he received. In perhaps the earliest example of the "gay panic" defense, the three defendants argued that they had no choice but to beat Rios because he had made an "improper advance." When the jury acquitted the three, the courtroom cheered. The author offers a detailed examination of the murder and the trial.


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