“Addressing the quality of life issues District C faces begins with enforcement.”

Meet Frank

“Frank is a no-nonsense, problem-solving kind of guy.”

 

Leslie Blackwell

-Bywater

About Me

I wear a lot of hats—small business owner, educator, writer, community activist, President of a local non-profit organization, and Carnival Krewe Captain.

Nine years ago I became a small-business owner.  As such, I understand the importance and challenges of small, locally owned businesses.  My business offers itinerary planning to visitors and it has been a joy to share the best of New Orleans with thousands of people from around the world.  I have worked in the tourism industry for twelve years and have seen first-hand how tourism has changed since Katrina, sometimes not for the best.

Those changes motivated me to pioneer a series of Professional Tour-Guiding courses at Loyola University.  Before I started teaching potential tour guides how to do their jobs professionally and with respect for the neighborhoods in which they work, I enjoyed a career as an English Professor.  In addition to Loyola, I’ve also taught at Xavier University and Delgado Community College.

When I’m not teaching or managing my small business, I spend my time writing.  I’ve authored five books on New Orleans history—Political Animal: The Life and Times of Stewart Butler, Forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi, Southern Decadence in New Orleans, Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2018. (With Howard Smith), My Gay New Orleans, Editor, Bedford, TX: LL Publications, 2016. (With Jeffrey Palmquist), Treasures of the Vieux Carre: Ten Self-Guided Tours of the French Quarter, Bedford, TX: LL Publications, 2014, In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar, Bedford, TX: LL Publications, 2012. (With Jeffrey Palmquist).  I’ve also written hundreds of articles as a columnist for Ambush Magazine and French Quarter Journal. 

 

As a survivor of conversion therapy, I strongly believe in LGBTQ+ rights.  Most of my writing is about local queer history and that interest, along with a passion for social justice, has fueled much of my community activism on behalf of equal rights for all.  In 2014, I Co-Founded the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana—a statewide non-profit collective that works to preserve local queer history.

It was also in 2014 that I hosted a small Twelfth Night Party at my home to celebrate the arrival of Carnival Season.  The party was a success and became an annual tradition.  Eventually, the party took on a life of its own.  The Krewe de la Rue Royale Revelers is now an officially registered Krewe with the Secretary of State.

I’ve never run for office before and the only reason I’m running now is to make a difference in the city I love so much. 

Community Involvement

  • President, LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana

  • Member, Algiers Point Association

  • Member, French Quarter Management District Livability Committee

  • Member, VCPORA

  • Member, French Quarter Business Association

  • Board Member, Letters Read

  • Member, Sustainable Tourism Task Force

  • Member, New Orleans Lesbian and Gay Hospitality Association

  • Founder and Captain, Mystik Krewe de la Rue Royale Revelers

  • Tour Guide, Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

  • Docent, Friends of the Cabildo / Louisiana State Museum

Endorsed By

  • New Orleans Voter Alliance

  • Forum for Equality

  • Ambush Magazine

  • Unity

  • New Orleans Rainbow Advocates

  • LGBTQ Victory Fund

  • New Orleans Voter Education League

  • Louisiana Weekly

  • New Orleans Business Alliance

Why Am I Running?

I’m running for City Council because I don’t like what I see happening to our neighborhoods.

 

Over the last several years I have witnessed first-hand our quality of life gradually diminish while our elected officials sit idly by and do nothing.

 

I’m a no-nonsense problem-solver and currently, City Hall has too many problems and not enough common sense.  I’d like the opportunity to change that.  I believe actually enforcing the laws we already have on the books would go a long to way to solving a lot of our problems.