Fifty miles east of New York City and reached by ferry or water taxi navigating the Great South Bay, Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines, two of 17 seasonal communities located on the 32-mile long sand dune called Fire Island, have, for generations of gay people and others throughout the US and indeed the world, represented a sort of summer seaside Bizarro World, a comic-book fantasy become real. Here, over rippling grey boardwalks and sun-bleached sand, under blue skies and beside blue-grey waters, this long-condemned minority, criminalized for its sexual preference, persecuted and exploited by goons and corrupt officialdom […]
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