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Gay Travel: Southern Decadence Starts Today in New Orleans
Perhaps as a reflection of the growth in advocacy for gay rights issues nationwide, this year's Southern Decadence festival, which begins Thursday, will include efforts to bring more social awareness to pressing issues in the gay community. In addition to the nighttime bashes and daytime pool parties that draw more than 100,000 revelers to the French Quarter each Labor Day weekend, this year's event will also feature participation from the nation's largest gay rights organization and a national photography campaign that donates money to raise awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination efforts.

"I think it's been traveling that way for the last five years." said Rip Naquin-Delain, a Southern Decadence promoter and the publisher of Ambush, the official Southern Decadence guide, of the growing focus on social issues at Decadence. "I think that the rest of the United States is starting to see Southern Decadence not as just a party but a means to reach out to the people that are traveling here and also the locals to try to raise awareness about the issues that are important to the community."

The five-day festival, which begins Thursday and ends Monday and attracts a mostly gay and lesbian crowd, will feature a presence from both the Human Rights Campaign and NOH8 Campaign.

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Published on:  September 1, 2011

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