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New Radio Documentary Explores The Gay History of Fire Island: “The Ghosts of Fire Island”

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This weekend a new radio documentary will debut, that will tell the very gay history of Fire Island and its rise to the heights of being the best known mecca in the world.to the devestation that it suffered during the AIDS epidemic.

The documentary produced by Myke Dodge Weiskopf will cover 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 also impacted as much as any major city in the 1980’s by the AIDS epidemic.

KCRW in Los Angeles 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). Here are some other ways to listen online if you are outside the L.A. area:

Required listening kids.  I will be holding a pop quiz.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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