About Pride Month…

People really like this Black History Month thing I’m doing and I plan to do it again next year. I’d also like to do similar things for Native American History Month, Hispanic History Month, etc. (Note to self: find out when those are.)

Some people have suggested I do the same thing for Gay Pride Month, which is in June. I’d love to, but there is a logistical problem: I don’t usually know if an MP on Charley is LGBTQ.

I stopped specifically mentioning people’s gayness in the profiles after I got an email from some guy’s sister screaming at me for bringing it up when it had nothing to do with his disappearance.

Obviously in some cases it would be easy to tell by reading the circumstances of disappearance, but for finding such people in a keyword search I’m not sure what to do.

Anyway, what I mean to say is, can any of you throw the names of some LGBTQ Charley Project cases my way for possible coverage on this blog during Pride Month?

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Black History Month: Denise El-Mansura

In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Denise El-Mansura, a fifteen-year-old girl who disappeared from New Orleans, Louisiana on January 10, 1978.

This is unfortunately one of those cases I don’t have much information on. Even more unfortunately, as far as I know the only other database Denise is listed on is the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People. She’s not on NamUs or the NCMEC.

Back in May, Denise’s sister got in touch with me via Twitter. In a Tweeted message to Denise, she wrote, “We miss and love you!! Deedy come home please Nessa, Bruce, Stephen, Akhe Sue (RIP) Khadija and your Mom Danielle”

Denise’s sister also stated the family had lost all their photos of her when Hurricane Katrina trashed the city. The picture in her casefile is apparently the only one left.

If Denise El-Mansura is still alive, she’d be 55 now.