Rip Naquin (left) and Marsha Delain served as grand marshals of the 2015 Southern Decadence Parade.
Rip Naquin, co-founder of Ambush Magazine
, organizer of the annual Southern Decadence celebration and a leader in the LGBT community, died Tuesday, Aug. 8 after an illness. He was 65.
and spouse Marsha Delain founded Ambush
in Baton Rouge in 1982 and later brought it with them when they moved to New Orleans. Ambush
covers New Orleans' LGBT community. They also worked together organizing Decadence, the annual Labor Day weekend celebration in the French Quarter, and were deeply involved in charity work.
Naquin and Delain
, also known as Martin Greeson, become the state's first legally recognized gay couple in 1993 when the city of New Orleans allowed couples to register as domestic partners, though that conferred no legal rights. They were married in New York City on Aug. 17, 2013.
Funeral services include a visitation at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe (411 N. Rampart St.).