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LISTEN: New Radio Documentary Explores “Gay Heaven” of Fire Island

fire islandThere is absolutely no excuse, gay boys and girls, for not knowing about our vast queer history. Not only is it absolutely vital to understand the struggles and triumphs and life and loves of our forebears, but these stories are absolutely riveting.

This weekend a new radio documentary will debut, exploring the history of Fire Island as a homosexual enclave. From the dark days of the ’50s through the liberation of the ’70s through the AIDS crisis, The Ghosts of Fire Island explores the spirit of the island through interviews with the people who lived there. Once a safe-haven away from a homophobic world, Fire Island was as decimated by the epidemic as any LGBT urban center.

It is required listening. You can hear a short sample below.

December 1 is World AIDS day, so it’s a perfect opportunity to explore decades past.

If you’re in Los Angeles, KCRW will broadcast the show in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2013 on Friday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m. (PST). We reached out to producer Myke Dodge Weiskopf for details about listening online, and he passed along these handy links:

 

By:           matt baume
On:           Nov 27, 2013
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  • 7 Comments
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      I always wondered what gay heaven would be like. Didn’t expect I’d be getting sand in my shorts.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 7:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201
      QJ201

      Yes Worlds AIDS Day is the perfect time to discuss the drug and sex scene that spreads HIV on Fire Island. Not that this was your point.

      I swear nothing made me prouder to be a gay man than to watch some tweaked out 20 something guy up against a tree in the meatrack letting anyone and I mean ugly old trolly anyone bareback him while he begged to “be bred”

      Nov 27, 2013 at 8:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      @QJ201: I’m quite certain that the gay youth of today are making much, much safer choices. Ah, to be young and in lust again. Sigh and swoon.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 9:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DerekR
      DerekR

      @QJ201: So why were you in the Meat Rack in the first place? A sight seeing tour? No, let me guess. You were just “passing through” to the Grove? Obviously the kid needed/needs help but he is on his own path in this life. I think you worry about your own and stop the preachy, judgemental Schick.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 10:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DerekR
      DerekR

      schtick

      Nov 27, 2013 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx
      Joetx

      @AuntieChrist: You’ve read the threads supporting bareback porn, right?

      Nov 27, 2013 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1
      Stache1

      @DerekR: QJ201 was just jealous the kid didn’t invite him in for some action too;)

      Nov 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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