GT: What makes your city such a great LGBT destination?
It's the people who make New Orleans such a great LGBT destination. We take "laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)” to heart. From gay festivals to gay-owned and operated restaurants, from the plethora of gay bars to the countless queer events, New Orleans is more than just tolerant, we're welcoming and acceptant. We are a live and let live culture, so you can come down here and be anything you want – all we hope for is that you do so with love and with glitter.
GT: What are some hotspots gay and lesbian travelers should check out when they are in the city?
The Country Club on Louisa in the Bywater. LGBT-owned and managed, friendly staff, great food and cocktails in a clean, welcoming environment.
Bayou Kayaks is a lesbian owned and operated kayak rental company located conveniently on the bank of Bayou St. John. Paddle the day away with the pelicans and gaze longingly through the windows of historic homes along the scenic bayou. Pets and kids encouraged as well.
FAB: Faubourg Marigny Art Books Music is at 600 Frechmen Street and it is the oldest gay and lesbian store in New Orleans and one of the last gay book stores to be found.
Grrlspot is a “pop-up lesbian & queer bar” that happens once a month at a new place each time and Big Daddy’s (2513 Royal) hosts Deep Lez, a dance “night to mix and mingle with ladies of all homosexual persuasions,” the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
The Fruit Loop, the epicenter of New Orleans's gay bars, nightlife, attractions and events in the French Quarter. The French Quarter Guest Houses are all located within the Fruit Loop parameters or within walking distance!
GT: What are the top five reasons for gay travelers to visit?
1: Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, May 15-18, 2014, is a celebration of LGBT literary arts that offers panel discussions and master classes with authors, editors, and publishers.
2: Gay Pride Festival June 20-22, 2014. The Gay Pride Parade rolls out from Washington Park, right around the corner from the Lamothe House Hotel. (And if you’re here a week in advance, The World Naked Bike Ride is here on June 14 at 4pm in Markey Park.)
3: Southern Decadence on Labor Day Weekend, August 27-September 1, 2014! The Bourbon Street Block Party is two blocks away from the Inn on St Peter & Inn on St Ann.
4: Midsummer Mardi Gras: If you just can’t handle the wait until next year’s Mardi Gras, The Krewe of O.A.K. (Outrageous And Kinky) provides some steamy summer fun beginning at the Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak Street, at the end of August. There are no huge parade floats, but creative carts and contraptions abound. Remember, parading is not a spectator sport, so grab all the feathers and glitter and fall in!
5: Endless Gaycation: (early October), is a queer and trans art, music and culture festival with pageants, punk shows, beauty salons, workshops, art shows, poetry readings, blind dates, variety shows, and more.
GT: Tell our readers why they should visit your city and more specifically, Lamothe House.
If you want to re-charge your soul, re-connect with your uninhibited side, and rest your head right in the middle of it all, the French Quarter Guest Houses is the place for you. Come discover the quarter uncovered with the French Quarter Guest Houses.
GT: Why should gay travelers book at your property instead of other properties in the area?
French Quarter Guests Houses is proud to be an equal opportunity employer; in fact, many of our employees are out and proud! We can guarantee our staff will treat you with respect and care to make you feel right at home. We are also a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and TAG-approved.
GT: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
New Orleans is an incredible city: no other place in this country can compete with our vibe, our festivals, our music, and our heart-stopping, soul-hugging food. The people of New Orleans are known for their southern hospitality and our employees are no exception – we will spoil you just like you deserve.