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New Orleans Tourism & New Orleans LGBT Hospitality Alliance (NOLHA) Pay Tribute
to the Victims of Pulse and the City of Orlando

A giant, white fleur-de-lis sculpture donated by Barry Kern of Kern Studios is to be signed by New Orleans residents and brought to Orlando

As a way of showing continued support and remembrance for the city of Orlando and the victims of the Pulse massacre that occurred on June 12, 2016, the members of NOLHA have secured a 5' tall white fleur-de-lis (courtesy of Kern Studio) that is being signed by locals in various locations and will be donated to Orlando later this summer along with this year's New Orleans Pride donation.

If any New Orleans residents would like to sign their names as a gesture of support for Orlando and its LGBTQ community, the artwork will be at the following dates/locations:

Saturday, July 23

Available to sign from 6:00 - 10:00pm

29th Gay Appreciation Awards Gala

Oz Nightclub, 800 Bourbon Street

Sunday, July 24

Available to sign from 3:00 - 5:00pm

Halloween New Orleans (HNO) Host Party

Phillip's Bar and Restaurant, 733 Cherokee St.

Monday, July 25 - Friday July 29

The monument will be in the Lobby of the Sheraton New Orleans

Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street

This gift and signage events are being organized by the New Orleans LGBT Hospitality Alliance (NOLHA), a group created to help build partnerships and increase the visibility and awareness of the local LGBT hospitality industry and its allies. NOLHA is managed by Communify, a New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) partner agency focusing on LGBT travel to New Orleans.

A video was also recently released showing NOLA Pride support at this year's parade:


About New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) promotes the city as a leisure tourism destination throughout the year. Annually, NOTMC's marketing campaigns include strategic print, broadcast, Internet advertising and public relations.
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About New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Chicago, Louisville, KY, Washington, D.C. and six foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrates its 56th anniversary in 2016. For more information, please visit:;;;

About New Orleans LGBT Hospitality Alliance
New Orleans LGBT Hospitality Alliance (NOLHA) is convened under the dual leadership of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOCVB). This task force has been assembled in an effort to support and solidify New Orleans' LGBTQ community. We believe that immediate attention, leadership, and constructive joint efforts of local LGBT community members are required to reaffirm our mission of fostering jobs and economic growth in New Orleans. For more information, contact Ryan Cochran:

About Communify
Communify is a New Orleans-based creative marketing agency that specializes in developing community through strategy, brand design & implementation, web development, and events. They also specialize in the LGBT consumer and serve NOTMC as the agency of record for outward LGBT marketing. Website: