Clayton Delery

Clayton Delery is a Louisiana native who was raised in the New Orleans area. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

For 26 years, he was a member of the faculty at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, one of the nation's premier high schools for academically gifted students.

Though he was an English teacher, in the later years of his career he found his interests shifting to LGBT+ history. His book, The Up Stairs Lounge Arson (McFarland, 2014) is a nonfiction account of the deadliest fire New Orleans has ever seen. Until the Orlando Pulse shooting in 2016, this fire was also the largest mass-killing of LGBT people in the nation's history.

His new book: Out for Queer Blood: The Murder of Fernando Rios and the Failure of New Orleans Justice (Exposit, 2017), tells the story of a killing that occurred in New Orleans in 1958 when three young men decided to entertain themselves by beating up a gay man.

Clayton Delery retired from teaching in 2015. He currently lives and writes in New Orleans.

Book Reviews by Clayton Delery

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Rainbow Warrior is an engaging read. It is funny, poignant, painful, and triumphant. It is never less than entertaining.”

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“Outrages is a fascinating history book with a cast of characters and an epic sweep that make it read like a novel Charles Dickens could have written, if he had ev

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“Headcase is important reading for any LGBTQ persons with mental health and wellness concerns, and is equally important for the therapists who treat such populatio

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“Real Queer America is a fun read in which Allen’s copious research informs, but never overwhelms, the many stories of disparate, fascinating LGBT lives.”

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“One-Dimensional Queer raises provocative and important questions about the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality, and about the extent to which capital

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“All That Heaven Allows is a rich and complex story of Hollywood’s biggest star in its most golden age.”

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“a social history, scrutinizing the complex social, racial, and sexual history of a city already known for its social, racial, and sexual anomalies . . .”

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“The Boys of Fairy Town is an informative, entertaining, and often eye-opening book that examines the complexity of male queer culture in one of the nation’s most

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“Duberman’s book is deliberately uncomfortable. It raises difficult questions, and does not provide easy answers.”