Out for Queer Blood

The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice


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About the Book

On a September night in 1958, three New Orleans college students decided to entertain themselves in the French Quarter by “rolling a queer” and went looking for a gay man to assault. They chose Fernando Rios, a tourist from Mexico, 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 them, the courtroom cheered. The author examines the murder and the trial in detail, and chronicles a time and place in American history where such a crime was inevitable.

About the Author(s)

Clayton Delery is a retired teacher from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He lives in New Orleans.

Bibliographic Details

by Clayton Delery

Format: softcover (6×9)
Pages: [216]
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6884-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2987-2
Imprint: Exposit Books

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
A Note on Language 1
Foreword by Robert L. Camina 3
Introduction 7
1. Pirates and Outlaws 17
2. ”A drive against the deviates”: The Gay Man in New Orleans, 1950-1960 22
3. A Frigid Climate of Hostility: The Killing of Fernando Rios 63
4. A Medical Freak with an Eggshell Cranium: The Trial That Made New Orleans Cheer 82
5. Nolle Prosequi: The Events Following the Trial 117
6. Reclaiming Masculinity: A Brief History of Hate Crimes and the Gay Panic Defense 131
7. Deja Vu 148
Appendix: A Son Speaks For and About His Father 181
Chapter Notes 199
Works Cited 207
Index 221

Book Reviews & Awards

“A riveting and important work of grassroots LGBT history that reveals the connections and fissures between homophobia and anti–Latino prejudices in US history. Delery unmasks the origins of one of the most sinister legal and cultural foundations of anti-gay oppression: the false accusation of desire and how it has been used to excuse injustice.”—Sarah Schulman, award-winning writer and gays rights activist.

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