Our Fire Island forebears were indeed bears, if this woofy vintage film is any indication. Beards, burly bodies, short-shorts, and furry chests abound in this 1976 clip recorded by Nelson Sullivan. Twinks, otters, and even lesbians put in appearances as well.
Sullivan, who passed away in 1989, is responsible for documenting much of New York’s LGBT culture throughout the 70s and 80s. Perfectly capturing the essential feel of the era, he was sort of like Marcel Proust with a video camera. And, presumably, a boner.