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: