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PHOTOS: The Boys of Fire Island Rise For Ascension 2011

Ascension 10 by Jeffrey James Keyes

Queerty/GayCities photoblogger Jeffrey James Keyes took the pink ferry from Sayville, New York to Fire Island this past weekend and got down at the legendary Ascension party, Sunday, August 21, on the Pines beach, where  pop trio Dragonette (“Hello”) and DJs Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones and Brett Henrichsen worked the crowd of strapping lads into a frenzy. (Later that night, everyone bounced over to 236 Bay Walk before coming in from the rain.)

Also during Ascension Weekend:  Steve Sidewalk introduced singer Kelsey to a crowd of sweaty boys at High Tea; Crystal Waters, Countess Luann and Kristine W performed; and DJ goddess Lina turned it out at her Twirlina residency at Sip N’ Twirl.

Photography by Jeffrey James Keyes

DJ Brett Henrichsen

DJ Brett Henrichsen

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DJ Lina

DJ Lina

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Kelsey

Kelsey

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Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones

Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones

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DJ Steve Sidewalk

DJ Steve Sidewalk

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By:           Jeffrey James Keyes
On:           Aug 23, 2011
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  • 19 Comments
    • Jimmy Fury
      Jimmy Fury

      huh… 35 pictures of possibly hundreds of people and they all sort of look exactly the same… the one exception being Lee Dagger.

      Aug 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • till the world ends
      till the world ends

      there are a few black and Hispanic guys there. The black guy in pic #4 is hot! break me off a piece of that! and I think the crowd had some diversity up in there.

      Aug 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dk
      dk

      Yes, it looks like a very diverse crowd. All ages, body types and races.. Maybe there’s hope for us yet.

      Aug 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLANOTEXASJOHN
      PLANOTEXASJOHN

      I realize you were making a point about lack of diversity at gay events, but be careful not to tap into the sentiments from old racists. If you take a moment I think you will see lots of individuals having a good time in these photos. It is not uncommon for people to gather within those in their own comfort zones. I DO think your comment is valid as obviously this event is not providing a large enough “zone” for all to partake in the party.

      Aug 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sean
      Sean

      Do most gay guys live like this? Am I missing out?

      Aug 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Guillermo3
      Guillermo3

      Arrgh!!Erpp!!Gag!!!!!:Except for #’s 11,28,the guy with the “rise up”ass in #34,$ #35:PHENOMENALLY FUGLY__ENOUGH TO TURN ONE STRAIGHT!!

      Aug 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • neil
      neil

      wow, there’s a ceratin age when going shirtless isn’t a good look.

      Aug 24, 2011 at 1:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott
      Scott

      I’m really getting tired of the over tatoo’d look. If you want to look like a painting, I guess its your choice but you look like an idiot, and will just look laughable when you are 50.

      Aug 24, 2011 at 1:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebizzar
      Sebizzar

      @Sean: I’m missing out big time! :(

      I’m 19 & have never been to a party or anything fun & especially anything gay ;(

      Aug 24, 2011 at 5:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Maddie
      Maddie

      Thanks for pics *_*

      Aug 24, 2011 at 10:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • till the world ends
      till the world ends

      @Guillermo3: Your taste is so off it’s not even funny! 11 and 28? 11?!! you are insane.

      Aug 24, 2011 at 10:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • till the world ends
      till the world ends

      @Scott: You speaking from experience? Tatts are to each his or her own. if you don’t like don’t look are just hit the next button.

      Aug 24, 2011 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan Balehead
      alan Balehead

      Where are the blacks?? pic 26 says you’re hawt along as you are white and blond??? YUk!! standards people!!!

      Aug 24, 2011 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jimmy Fury
      Jimmy Fury

      Just to clarify my original comment, I wasn’t talking about the racial makeup of the crowd at all.
      I was talking about how everyone (regardless of race or age) in the pictures can check off at least two of the following:
      Shaved head, carefully cultivated stubble, shaved or recently shaved chest, tattoo, tan, gym body, or 2 accessories.
      Everyone except the DJs.

      Aug 24, 2011 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • till the world ends
      till the world ends

      @Jimmy Fury: so would you rather, fat, hairy, un-shaved, bear belly, short long hair? To each his own.

      Aug 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pickles
      pickles

      Coors? Lame. This crowd loks PLENTY old enough to know Coors is and always will be enemy of everything gay- except their money. Tacky queens. Get a spine. I know- life is meant to be fun, but ya really wanna party with phobes? Not me.

      Aug 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DARKSKIN FETISH
      DARKSKIN FETISH

      @alan Balehead: Come to Atlanta Labor Day weekend Love.. All shades of Chocolate will be EVERY where.

      Aug 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KBP
      KBP

      As a brother, there was WAY more diversity than is shown in these pictures and sadly, more than I expected for this weekend. I’ve had a summer share with one of the most diverse houses on the island but the big joke as always been that I was “One of Seven”…and most weekends, I would agree.

      Not this time.

      I was actually shocked and pleased that there was a healthy mix of people vs everyone looking, talking, and acting the same. There were plenty of beautiful African American, Asian, Latin, and Caucasian men of all shapes and sizes in various stages of undress/soberness/drunkeness/cracked out-ness and it was an event that, at least I feel, was enjoyed by all who attended.

      I will definitely be back next year.

      Aug 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gary
      Gary

      When are the middle aged white men going to stop appropriating the style of the younger crowd? Cookie-cutter queens only fly until about 34 or 36, on the outside. Fire Island clubs used to have a certain style that seems to be lost on the weekend crowds. I really hope that it returns soons. Still the best place to be in the NW.

      Jan 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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