INTERESTING READ: CAN YOUNG GAYS ENJOY FIRE ISLAND? MITCHELL SUNDERLAND @ VICE (photos by MATTHEW LEIFHEIT)
VICE: Fire Island has long been seen as a gay wonderland. It’s a place where queers like W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and Stephen Spender used to slut it up. Its sex parties and nude beaches were so notorious, they were immortalized in the fictional pages of “The Gay Gatsby,”Dancer from the Dance”. These days, however, if you visit the barrier island that sits in the Atlantic Ocean, east of New York City, you’ll find nary a twink.
Although it remains a popular gay tourist spot and you can still buy enemas at the hardware store, young gay dudes do not frequent the island the way they used to. Today, the homo haven is overrun by middle-aged retired guys and their fag hags. If you do see someone in their 20s, they’re a Wall Street queer’s miserable sugar baby. When I once told another 20-something gay I had gone to the Island a few summers ago to interview porn stars, he looked at me as if I had taken a time machine back to a 1970s Times Square porn theater.
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