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LGBTQ+ community in Lake Charles finds space for joy | Lake Charles News

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www.theadvocate.com – BY ALENA MASCHKE | Staff writer – 2023-06-25 04:02:00

SUMMARY: Dawn and Lori Wheat, a lesbian couple in Lake Charles, Louisiana, have experienced hostility in their conservative community since opening their LGBTQ+ friendly venue, Castaways. Lake Charles currently has no gay bars or clubs after Crystal’s, the last official LGBTQ+ hangout, closed in 2020. Despite the lack of dedicated spaces, the LGBTQ+ community in Lake Charles has found ways to come together and celebrate Pride month through events like Pride Prom at Library Riot. The organizers of SWLA Pride Fest have faced both increased support and hateful comments on social media. Despite challenges, there is a desire for a gay bar or club in Lake Charles.

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Judy Coe McInnis  – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – obitsamericanpress – 2024-02-22 05:00:22

SUMMARY: Judy Coe McInnis, aged 83, from Big Lake, passed away on February 18, 2024. Born in Lake Charles on February 12, 1941, and a 1959 LaGrange High School graduate, Judy was a majorette leader, part of the Homecoming Court, and recognized for her fashion sense. She married Jim McInnis, and after his law studies in New Orleans, they returned to Lake Charles, where Judy joined The Junior League and worked as a tax preparer. An adventurer and hostess, she enjoyed travel, games, and community. Judy is survived by her daughter, siblings, and granddaughters; a memorial service is set for February 24. Donations can be made to a chosen charity.

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Banners: 2024 cultural series runs March 1-April 26 – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-02-22 04:34:45

SUMMARY: The McNeese Banners Series is scheduled from March 1 to April 26, 2024, featuring 15 events, including musicals, theater, art exhibits, and film screenings. Individual event tickets are $20 and several events are free, with special rates for educators and students. Highlights include “Broadway's Next Hit Musical,” “Yesterday and Today: An Interactive Beatles Experience,” and a diverse range of acts like Ethiopian band QWANQWA, Lightwire Theater's “Ugly Duckling,” and Trout Fishing in America. Opening with a Broadway musical parody, the season includes award-winning musicians, interactive experiences, journalism-focused lectures, and ends with a performance by Trout Fishing in America. Memberships and tickets can be obtained through www.banners.org.

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BREAKING: Southland suspends 8 for brawl – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2024-02-21 17:15:38

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