The 1980’s and AIDS

...  film Longtime Companion opened in 1989 at the Independent Feature Film Market and was generally released in New York City at selected Movie houses on May 11, 1990. This was the first wide release film to put a face on the subject of the AIDS epidemic. The title of the film refers to what the New York Times newspaper would refer to the surviving partner (Longtime Companion) of a person who had died of AIDS durning the 1980’s. The beginning of the film opens with various images of Fire Island New York’s beaches, woods, discos and brunches in a before HIV/AIDS world. [...]

Fire Island 1976 the Gay Playground

The Fire Island Pines, called “The Pines” and Cherry Grove, called “The Grove” are areas of the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York, located on Fire island a barrier island on the south side of Long Island in New York state. Originally the site of a Coast Guard station built in 1876. The area was developed into a resort starting in 1924 but Fire Island would not come of age until after World War II, there was no electricity or amenities until 1960 when a co-op complex was built. It’s impossible to speak of Fire Island as a unity for there are many different [...]