The Ordinary People Society

                       We are just Ordinary People helping Ordinary People do Extra-Ordinary things,
by no will of our own, but by the power of God.

New Orleans

TOPS New Orleans Division is headed up by Dr. Joy Spaulding, in New Orleans, LA (504) 339-6569

Our mission is to train, house, place, inspire, encourage and enlighten the needy, the homeless, the youth, the ex-offenders, and the homeless.  In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita & Ike, New Orleans has been left weary and anxious.  The problems, far surpass the media and the government's assessment.  The rug was snatch out from under the Gulf Coast, but the residents of New Orleans got reamed.  Whites, blacks, latinos, asians, males, females, gays, straights, children, adults, elderly, visitors or locals were left to die.

Seven years later, much has been rectified, but much has been left unrestored or resolved such as the levees or  the needs of the people.  We have, again, become the murder capital, 50% of  the residents (refugees) that have been displaced can't return to the city, have lost  everything they own, are devoid of friends, relatives, and community.  Those who have returned are struggling, and they are fearful of what horror comes next and leaves them again wading in the waters !   

Open your heart and help!  The need is great.  Many just want their lives back.  Whatever you give will assist.  Clothing, food, money, and services are needed.      Send whatever amount you can thru the link below, and give good , innocent       people a chance..  Thanks.




Saturday, December 12, 2009

8:30 - 10pm

XXXmas Show

Crescent City Kings wishes you a hot Hanukkah and a triple X-mas!

The Crescent City Kings submit, for your approval, our Holiday show featuring a number of oddly dressed, yet terribly festive acts that are sure to entertain you right to your mistletoes!

We will have appendages in boxes! We shall bust thieving Santas! And, who knows? Maybe we'll even have a dancing girl or two!

We also promise that the jokes will be better-thought out than any above mentioned holiday puns!

Bourbon Pub

801 Bourbon Pub

New Orleans





Come out and support Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to this wonderful organization. Come help us support an organization that is always there to support our community. We hope to see you there.

 Saturday, December 12
Doors Open at 9pm
Jules Downtown
533 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA





The LGBT Community Center of New Orleans invites you all to join us on Friday, December 12, 2009, at JohnPauls Bar (940 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117) at 7:30pm for our annual Founders Day Celebration. Tickets will be available at the door for $25.00 and $20.00 for paid members of the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans. There will be free food, cash bar and a champagne toast. Then stick around after the awards are given out to enjoy the Drag Variety show downstairs at JohnPauls.

Traditionally, Founders Day or "12/12," is recognized as the day, back in 1993, when the LGBT Community Center first opened its doors down on Rampart Street. This year celebrates the sixteenth year that the LGBT Community Center has been open and serving not only the LGBT community, but the entire New Orleans community.

Also, on December 12, 1991, the City of New Orleans Human Rights Ordinance was passed. This ordinance was significant due to it including "gays and lesbians" in the group of peoples whom the city deemed in deserving equal rights and non-discrimination. Later, in 1998, the city of New Orleans finally came around in extending equal right to "transgendered" peoples under this ordinance.

Please join the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans and its Board of Directors on December 12, 2009, 7:30pm, upstairs at JohnPauls Bar to celebrate this momentous day in our history and give recognition to members of our community who have strived so hard in the past to get us to where we are today.

For more information go to or contact the center at 504-945-1103.



Good Friends 15th Annual Christmas Gala

Benefiting “Belle Reve”

Saturday, December 12, 2009
9:00pm - 11:00pm

"Poinsettias In Paradise"

The Annual Turn-A-Bout Show

Raffles and Silent Auction

(All poinsettias decorated by Good Friends bartenders)

All proceeds benefit Belle Reve.  Show starts at 9:00 p.m.

Always Snappy Casual Dress

For more information on the event,
go to the Ambush website below and scroll to the 3rd page:






Metropolitan Community Church of Monroe

Reminder that Metropolitan Community Church of Monroe will hold services on Sunday, Dec. 13th @ 5:00 p.m. here at GO CARE. Please join us!

GO CARE 2915 Desiard Monroe LA 71201

"You Don't Have To Be Straight To Be Straight With God"


 Invites You To Join Us
 For A Fun Time!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Free Admission!
12 Noon - 'til
~Football Tailgatin'~
(Geaux Saints!)Saints vs. Atlanta at Noon
Big Screen TV Downstairs
Hot Dogs & Chili & Snacks
~Toy Drivin'~
Please Bring A Toy For Charlene’s Third Annual Toy Drive
(Geaux Warm Hearts for Women!)
~After da Game Dancin'~
with Becky DeeJaying
Please Bring  Canned Goods For Coast Food Bank
Party At
Charlene & Linda's On The Coast
1205 Blue Meadow Road
Bay St. Louis, MS
Admission Free


Forum For Equality and Tobacco-Free Living


A Very Naughty Holiday Carnival

December 16

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

No Cover / Free Carnival Games

Play to Win Prizes

Smoke-Free Event

Food and Drinks Available for Purchase

 Dalton's Bar, 244 Lafayette, Baton Rouge


Let's Talk

The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies is working with a new nationwide project called *RISE*, creating the NOLA young peoples leadership alliance around issues of sexual and reproductive health and justice!

In short, the idea is to:

   1. Get a bunch of young people together who are interested in these topics,
   2. Have some conversations,
   3. See what things we can do to make some positive changes in our communities.

For more info check out or give us a call at 504.301.3690!

We are hosting another focus group to learn more about the experience of young people in our community, specifically, young (16-25 years old) women of color who are from our currently live in New Orleans or the Gulf coast region.  The focus group will be *Wednesday, December 16, from 5:15- 7:30* and we will provide dinner (yum) and a *$20 stipend* for all participants.

So you're interested and you want to get involved?  Here's how...

*If you are a young woman of color who is free the evening of Dec 16* give us a call or e-mail, mark your calendar, and come to the focus group on Dec 16.  AND invite all the cool women you know.

*If you are a young person who does not fit into the focus group criteria *give us a call or e-mail so we can keep you informed of other relevant meetings around reproductive justice, including future RISE meetings, and preparing for the United States Social Forum (USSF) 2010 (
And talk to other young women who may be interested in the focus group or in general.  Have them get in touch with us!

*If you are not a young person* spread the word to the young people you know.  And give us a call or e-mail to find out more ways you can support the New Orleans Young Peoples Leadership Alliance!!

Can't wait to hear from you all!
Jennifer ( and Melanie (










Metairie's premier show of Gender Illusion featuring,

Mistress of Ceremonies, Princess Stephanie
Mr Sanctuary, Captain Johnny Passion
Ms Sanctuary, Passion Armani Casidine
Regina Adams
Marcy Marcel
Marty J. (aka: The King)
Producer/Director: Miss Dee

Join Us

December 16 starting at 9:30



The New Orleans Craft Mafia presents

The “Last Stop Shop” Holiday Market and Party

The Big Top Gallery (1638 Clio St. – 504-569-2700)

Thursday, December 17th, 6-10pm

Further Info:

Finish up your holiday shopping list – and celebrate doing so! -- with the New Orleans Craft Mafia at our “Last Stop Shop at the Big Top” Holiday Market and Party, Thursday, December 17th from 6pm – 10pm.

Get all your last-minute gifts from your favorite local artists and crafters, who’ll be offering a wide assortment of one-of-a-kind, handmade items made right here in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Craft Mafia has an ever-evolving cast of characters. This year we will be featuring art by mags!,  greenKangaroo, MissMalaprop, Unique Products,  Bayou Salvage, Flambeaux Design Company,  Kristina Renee Jewelry, Sweet Olive Soap Works, and Corndog Creations.

The Thursday evening event is not just a holiday sale – it’s definitely a party as well. Taking place in the festive Big Top Art Gallery – which, we’ll point out, has a fully stocked cash bar – there will be snacks, holiday music, and a reprise of our Handmade Holiday Ornament + Tree Raffle, with the proceeds benefiting the Recycle For the Arts Program. Free parking at Fleet Tire across the street from the gallery makes this an easy in-out for those of you on a tight schedule, though we hope you’ll grab a drink and stay a while!

The New Orleans Craft Mafia formed in June 2005 and consists of several independent artists in a variety of media: jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. The group models itself after the original Craft Mafia in Austin, Texas, where a small group of talented ladies joined together to support each other in our crafty business endeavors. Interest grew across the U.S. and Craft Mafias have been popping up all over the country

For more information about the NOCM and to see our member-companies’ holiday vending schedules, visit our website at:




We will be performing our annual holiday concert, entitled "Greetings of the Season" December 18 at the UNO Theater for Performing Arts (Lakeside Campus) and December 19 at the Unitarian Church in Baton Rouge on Goodwood Avenue (7:30 pm both evenings).

We have some great music in store for you this year, including old classics, some new music and arrangements, a few a capella pieces, and a tongue-in-cheek humorous number or two. It'll be a great way to get in the spirit of the season!








Booksigning By


FAB - Faubourg Marigny Art & Books
600 Frenchmen St. at Chartes St.
Open Everyday from Noon till 10 PM


Make the Yuletide Gay with Revision

We would like to invite you all to our annual Holiday Party. This year our party will be on Sunday December the 20th at 4:00 pm at 2114 Decatur Street, New Orleans.

This event is a community wide event so all are welcome. We will be celebrating the holidays with wine and hors d'oeuvres from 4-7 and then walking over to Jackson Square to join in the annunal carroling event.

for more information on the Holiday Carroling event in the square please check the following url

looking forward to seeing you all at this very special holiday event!


Ben Lerman at Le Chat Noir

Tuesday, December 22 from 7-9pm

715 Saint Charles Avenue, NOLA


NYC ukulele comedian Ben Lerman just back with rave reviews from audiences and critics alike at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Armed with just wee ukulele, alarmingly powerful voice and twisted point of view, Ben made his off-Broadway debut in September at NYC's Ars Nova Theater. Now, Ben's heading to New Orleans for one night at the beautiful cabaret space, Le Chat Noir, to play a concert of his hilariously wrong-headed songs.

From a pirate love story to a lullaby for crazy people, Ben's songs point to the humor in all of our lives and relationships, and in the world around us. Ben takes on taboo topics but with a gentle touch. One glowing Edinburgh reviewer wrote, "This isn't a show that sets out to offend-it's actually quite tender at points, and is, in a sense, good clean fun. Well, perhaps there's just a smattering of bondage, crystal meth and chubby chasers." His affable nature and playful wit have made him a beloved recurring guest the world's most popular entertainment podcasts, "Keith and the Girl" and "Feast of Fun." Ben is also a regular guest on the Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius Satellite radio and made his TV debut in March 2009 on Here TV's "Hot Gay Comix."
















We are looking for volunteers and interns to work on events and projects throughout the Fall. Beyond our outreach and chapter development program we want to get people involved in projects on aging in the LGBT community, safe schools, Transgender Rights and reaching out to our allies in both the religious community and in communities of color.

While some of the work will need to be done at the Forum office, we are flexible about when and where the rest of the work is done. We are looking for at least a two hour minimum weekly commitment to last through the end of the year. Of course, we are also willing to work with those who have more limited time constraints or who just want the opportunity to help plan and throw some of our fabulous events. For students, we are willing to work with your advisor's to craft one of these projects into an internship.

Please contact us for more information at 504-569-9156 or at

The Forum For Equality is a statewide civil rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.








Civil rights not up for a vote:

A letter to the editor

December 07, 2009, 1:50AM

Re: "Marriage not in Constitution," Your Opinions, Nov. 27.

In defending the recent vote in Maine where voters repealed gay marriage, Susan Griffin states that "the laws and rules we live by are what the majority of the people want." I would like to point out that when the rights being voted on involve a minority group's civil rights, then the ballot box is not the "sacrosanct" or the appropriate procedure.

There are many examples throughout U.S. history of civil rights being trampled on by voters. Those rights then went through the legislative or judicial process to become law. Some examples are when women got the right to vote and to own and inherit property, when desegregation occurred and when African-Americans and white people were allowed to legally marry.

The vast majority of voters at those times in history would have voted against those civil rights. These are just a few examples of why a group's civil rights should not be left up to the ballot box.

Lili Alpaugh
New Orleans

Link to the article










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Recurring Events

5:00pm ... Sunday afternoons for the ladies @ Napoleon's Itch, 734 Bourbon Street
6:00pm ... Drag Bingo @ Oz, 800 Bourbon Street
9:00pm ... Sing-along Sundays @ the Bourbon Pub, 801 Bourbon Street


5:00pm ... Monday Nite Rumor Nite - Margarita specials all night long @ Crystal's Nightclub 110 W. Broad St, Lake Charles, LA 70601

4:00pm ... Ladies's Night @ Tomatillo's, 437 Esplanade Avenue
6:00pm ... (1st Tuesday of the month) ... Trans Support Group Meeting
2114 Decatur Street - LGBT Community Center.
More info:
7:00pm ... (Last Tuesday of the month) ... Ringo hosted by Mystic Krewe of Satyricon
Friendly Bar -- 2301 Chartres St.
$5.00 includes 1st RINGO card, snacks & lots of fun
10:30pm ... Kick Ass Karaoke with DJ Chad Evans @ The Sound Factory
209 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA, 70501

Evening ... 2-for-1 Drinks @ Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown

5:30 to 7pm ... (3rd Wednesday of the Month) The Community Coalition of Greater New
Orleans Organizations and Businesses holds its regular meeting.
7:00pm... Knitting in Metairie at the Caffe Caffe. Newbies thru experienced knitters
10:30pm ... Drag Bingo with Keisha Seaux Phyne and Tonya Alexander Nixx @ Crystal's
Nightclub 110 W. Broad St, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Lunch ... (1st Thursday of the month) ... Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Lunches @
Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Avenue, New Orleans
(504) 899-8221,
6:00pm ... (1st Thursday of the month) ... Swirl Girl Nights @ Swirl Wine Market, 3143
Ponce de Leon St. (off Esplanade). Wine, music, and fun - Free wine tasting
6-8pm. Socialize and network, learn about wine and get 10% off any wine
purchase that evening! Info: 504-304-0635
7:00pm ... (1st Thursday of the month) ... Out and About @ the LGBT Community Center
An open LGBT social group holding weekly activities that include movie
outings, cards, theater, hiking, and other activities. More info: Crystal,
7:30pm ... (2nd Thursday of the month) ... PFLAG New Orleans Meeting @ St. Matthew,
UCC 1333 Carrollton Avenue
Evening....Ju Ju Bag @4706 Franklin Street, NOLA 70122. Monica Dillon plays jazz and
there will be an open mic. 504-324-6373

Evening ... (2nd Thursday of the month) ... Join Human Rights Campaign at Thursdays
Together! Changing venues, info: 508-533-6117

4:00-8:00pm ...Gay Happy Hour @ Phillips, 733 Cherokee Street
(corner Maple). Info: 504-865-1155

6:00-9:00pm...(1st Saturday of the month) Art Walk Openings in the New Orleans art
district (Julia Street and surrounding streets). Admission is free

8:00pm ... (2nd Saturday of the month) Crescent City Kings at Bourbon Pub-801 Bourbon St.
2:00pm ... (3rd Saturday of the month) New Orleans Secular Humanist Association meets
at the Dominion Learning Center, Audubon Zoo

Please forward recurring events to








Louisiana's Welcoming Faith Communities

Worship Invitations

Metropolitan Community Church - Baton Rouge
7747 Tom Drive, Baton Rouge
Sunday Worship: 11AM, Rev. Troy Perry

Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
8470 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge
Sunday Worship: 9:30AM & 11:15AM

University Presbyterian
3240 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge
Sunday Worship: 8:30am & 11am (10am only from June to August)


Grace Community Church
111 Liberty Avenue, Lafayette
Sunday Worship: 10AM


Northminster Church
2701 Lamy Lane, Monroe
Sunday Worship: 11AM (Prelude begins at 10:45)


Christ the Liberator Church
607 Marigny Street, New Orleans (behind The Friendly Bar, on the corner of Marigny/Chartres)
Sunday Mass: 11AM (Fr. Michael DesJardins)

Community Church Unitarian Universalist
316 38th Street, New Orleans
Sunday Worship: 11AM (Rev. Jim VanderWeele)

Big Easy Metropolitan Community Church - New Orleans
St. Matthew UCC, 1333 South Carrollton, New Orleans
Sunday Worship: 5PM, Rev. Clinton Crawshaw
Friendship hour following service

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church is a More Light community of the Presbyterian Church USA, welcoming and affirming persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. First Presbyterian offers a traditional Presbyterian worship service each week, consisting of song, prayer, praise, meditation and sermon, followed by fellowship over coffee and light refreshments.

5401 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans

Sunday Services:
10AM (Adult Bible Study)
11AM (Worship)


First Unitarian Universalist Church
The First Unitarian Universalist Church has been officially recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation, due to their efforts of action, education and awareness of their acceptance of members regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Worship services offer hymns, silent reflection and sermons.

5212 Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans (Church)
2903 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans (Office)

Sunday Services:

Freedom Fellowship Ministries of Greater New Orleans (website disabled 10/9/09)
3900 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans
Sunday Worship: 10AM
Bible Study "Word of Truth": Wednesday, 7PM

First Grace United Methodist Church
3401 Canal Street, New Orleans
Sunday Worship: 11:15AM, Pastor Shawn Anglim

Gates of Prayer Congregation
400 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie
Worship: Shabbat (Friday) 6PM, Sabbath (Saturday) 10:30AM

Lakeview Presbyterian Church
5914 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans
Sunday Worship: 10:30AM (Sunday School begins at 9:15)

New Life Community Church
3151 Dauphine Street, New Orleans
Sunday Worship: 10AM, Pastor Lee Thompson

St. Anna's Episcopal Church
1313 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans
Sunday Worship: 10:15AM

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church
St. Charles/State Street, New Orleans
504-897-0101 (Senior Pastor Donald Frampton)
Sunday Worship: 10:30AM

St. Joan of Arc, Reformed Catholic Church
5126 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans
504-943-1436 (Fr. James West, Pastor)
Sunday Mass: Saturday, 5:30PM (held at St. Paul's UCC, 600 Eleonore St, NOLA)

St. Mark's United Methodist Church
1130 North Rampart Street, New Orleans
504-523-0450 (Rev. Anita Dinwiddie)
Sunday Worship: 10AM (Adult Sunday School, 9:15AM/Bible Study, Wednesday 6PM)

Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ
Central St. Matthew is an open and inclusive congregation that welcomes all persons into full membership, holding discrimination to be incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Committing to work to end all oppression and discrimination, Central St. Matthew affirms that all relationships are founded upon the principles of God's love and justice.

1333 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans

Sunday Services:
9AM Choir Rehearsal
10AM Worship
11AM Coffee Hour Fellowship

Soka Gakkai International USA - New Orleans (a lay Buddhist organization)
1331 Prytania Street, New Orleans
Sunday Prayer: 10AM

Tau House
The Tau House was founded by the a Franciscan community and offers a space for prayer and Sunday Mass that welcomes all peoples, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This small community celebrates Sunday Eucharist with occasional Wednesday evening reflections throughout the year.

1029 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans

Sunday Mass:

Temple Sinai
6227 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 861-3693
Worship: Shabbat (Friday) 6:15PM, Sabbath (Saturday) 10:15AM

Trinity Episcopal Church
1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA  70130
Sunday: 7:30 a.m.: Morning  Prayer in the chapel; 8:00 a.m.:  Eucharist in the chapel (Rite I)
            10:30 a.m.:  Eucharist (choral) in the church (Rite II);
            5:00 p.m.:  Trinity Artist Series in the church
            6:00 p.m.:  Eucharist in the chapel (Rite II)
Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m.: Morning Prayer in the chapel
Monday, 6:00 p.m.:  Taize' in the chapel
Sunday Bible Study: 6PM

Shreveport Church of Hope
1714 Tuesday, 7:30  a.m.:  Eucharist in the chapel; 6:00 p.m.: Organ and Labyrinth in the church
Wednesday, 5:30 pm.:  Eucharist in the church; 6:00 p.m.: dinner ($6) and program follows
Thursday, 10:30 a.m.:  Eucharist and healing service in the chapel; 6:30 p.m.: Choral Evensong


All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport
9449 Ellerbee Road, Shreveport

Christ Church of Hope
2804 Southland Park Drive, Shreveport
318-865Highland Avenue, Shreveport
Sunday Worship: 11AM


Peach Lutheran Church
1320 Gause Boulevard West, Slidell
Sunday Services: 9AM Sunday School, 10:15AM Eucharist




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