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In 1958, three young men decided to entertain themselves by going to the French Quarter of New Orleans and beating up a gay man. They chose Fernando Rios, who died as a result of the injuries he received at their hands.  Though they were arrested and tried, they were acquitted by a sympathetic jury, and when the verdict was announced, the courtroom broke out into loud and sustained cheers.  Out for Queer Blood examines the culturaland political climate of New Orleans in the 1950's, and shows how the crime was socially sanctioned, with the outcome of the trial nearly inevitable.  

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