Suffolk, County Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of a a group of men who perpetrated a horrific anti-LGBT hate crime against Kimberly Page of Patchogue, Long Island and her girlfriend on July 7th.
Page said she had been socializing with friends and co-workers in a Patchogue bar before the assault. The two women left the bar and were on a walkway near the Patchogue-Medford Library when they were confronted by four men. One of the men made lewd comments to her girlfriend, Page said, and questioned why a woman would want to be with another female. She and her partner tried to ignore the men, Page said.”
Page briefly lost consciousness as she was attacked while the men bashed her head on the concrete ground multiple times while spewing lewd and anti-gay slurs . One man pinned her girlfriend to the ground, in order for her not to help her.
Anyone with information about the assailants is asked to call 800-220-TIPS, text “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or email tipsubmit.com.
A plane trailing a banner reading “Boycott Hi/Lo Tea! Fight For Full LGBT Rights!” will fly above the beach at Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines on Sunday, June 7, between 2 pm and 3 pm. The action will underscore the LGBT community’s outrage over the April 20 meeting between Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and gay businessmen Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, who subsequently donated money to the Cruz campaign. The two gay men also held an April 14 fundraiser at their Manhattan penthouse for Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), another anti-LGBT politician.
Reisner and Weiderpass own most of the businesses in the Pines—including the Blue Whale, Sip-N-Twirl, and the Pavilion, where the “High Tea” and “Low Tea” cocktail hours are held—as well as the gay-oriented Out Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.“Two gay business owners are making money off of the LGBT community at a world-famous gay vacation spot and then giving that money to outspoken anti-LGBT politicians,” said Ken Kidd, a member of Queer Nation, the gay rights group that orchestrated the flyover. “Our community is out to win comprehensive federal legislation that will make LGBT Americans fully equal under the law. We will not be taken backward by funding anti-LGBT politicians.”
Last week a band of gay activist took to Fire Island this weekend to spread the news and point out which of the Fire Island properties belonged to Ian Reisner’s and should be boycotted in The Pines after the New York Times revealed that Reisner, who also owns OUT NYC hotel, lied about cutting a campaign check to ultra-conservative and anti-LGBT candidate Ted Cruz at the same time that he and his business partner Mati Weiderpass hosted a reception for Cruz in their Manhattan penthouse.
Reisner did, in fact, cut a check for $2,700, the maximum individual contribution allowed.
While many knew of Reisner’s ownership of the OUT-NYC Hotel complex many are unaware of his specific holdings in the Fire Island Pines.
That is until now.
The flyer urges the a boycott of some of Fire Island’s most historic gay landmarks like the Pavilion, Botel, Bistro, Sip-N-Twirl, Blue Whale, Pines Pizza, and the Cultured Elephant.
Some of the most historical gay property in America next to The Stonewall Inn, namely the business strip of the Fire Island Pines home to The Pavillion Nightclub, The Blue Whale, and the harbor-front which became a destination for millions of gay men since it was founded in 1952 have been sold at auction for $10.1 Million dollars to Manhattan Hotelier Ian Reisner
A strip of commercial real estate along the harbor in Fire Island Pines sold for $10.1 million at auction on Thursday to developers with plans to continue the revival of a former mecca for closeted gay men. The sale price was well below the $25 million the previous owners sought when they placed it on the market last fall, and below the $17 million they paid for it in 2010. In a deal hammered out over more than six hours, the property was bought by Ian Reisner, who also owns the Out NYC, a hotel on West 42nd Street in Manhattan that focuses on a gay clientele. The deal is expected to close in February.
In a telephone interview, Mr. Reisner said he, his business partner and a small team of investors planned to spend $4 million over the next 18 months to “renovate and rejuvenate” the property, which includes a hotel, a nightclub, a restaurant, a bar and retail space. The Pavilion nightclub in Fire Island Pines was rebuilt after a 2011 fire and reopened, but in the interim the crowd moved on. “My idea for the Out was to have a place for L.G.B.T., because we didn’t have that at the time,” said Mr. Reisner, who said he has been visiting Fire Island Pines since he came out as gay in 1989. “The Pines is the Out.”
Hopefully Mr. Reisner will see the historical value to the community and spotlight some of it in the rebuilding.
As for the writer of the New York Times article that this is quoted from, Ashley Southhall (@assouthall) who starts her article with:
“A strip of commercial real estate along the harbor in Fire Island Pines sold for $10.1 million at auction on Thursday to developers with plans to continue the revival of a former mecca for closeted gay men.”
“Meccaa for CLOSETED GAY MEN”?
Ms Southall you need to learn how to do research before you write a story.
Fire Island was a mecca for ALL GAY MEN, LESBIANS, BISEXUALS, DRAG QUEENS, and TRANSGENDERED people and their straight allies and friends for more decades than you have been alive. What you wrote Ms. Southall is not only insulting to the entire gay community and insulting New York Times readers who know more history than you. To which it seems there are many.
The Long Island GLBT Network gay advocacy group has been receiving hate letters in the mail, including one Thursday threatening to burn down a planned gay-friendly senior housing center, an official said.
“Thought you got the message we are targeting you.” It went on to say the planned senior housing on Bay Shore “won’t be safe.”
“You are not safe, you are being tracked… It is just a matter of time until the right moments arrive to eliminate you and your locations, and the ‘safehouse’ is burned to the ground.”
This is the second letter the group has received in the past four months and the third in the last 18 months, and that each has gotten progressively more violent and threatening.
A past letter threatened to turn the Long Island Pride Parade into a scene much like the Boston Marathon bombing.
Despite the threats officials announced Tuesday that a 50-unit development is planned for senior lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender residents at a Bay Shore site.
“These letters are a reminder that we still live in a world that is not safe and where hate and violence against the GLBT community is still an issue that we need to be vigilant about and attack head on,” said David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island GLBT Network.
The letters have been turned over to the Suffolk and Nassau police departments and has been confirmed that they are investigating.
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:
A pharmacist and three others of MOMS Pharmacy, a nationwide HIV drug marketing business have been arrested in Long Island, New York for reselling life saving HIV medications which had been paid for by Medicaid
A pharmacist at the high-volume national HIV drug marketing business, which has sites in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and on Long Island, is charged along with three outside conspirators of running a $274 million black market venture. By relabeling prescription drugs of uncertain quality and origin, the defendants allegedly preyed on patients with HIV and cost the Medicaid program $155 million in New York. MOMS, whose parent is listed as Allion Healthcare, a Melville, L.I.-based company, billed New York State Medicaid for at least $155 million for these unusable drugs, according to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The AG’s office says Allion cooperated in the investigation.
Charged with taking bribes is Glenn Schabel of Melville, the supervising pharmacist and compliance officer for MOMS, a company that puts together daily-dose packages of HIV drugs. The company advertises itself as offering “The best HIV/AIDS pharmacy care available” and will deliver drugs directly to patients’ homes.
Another licensed pharmacist, Babylon, L.I.-based Ira Gross is said to have brokered the sale of these drugs, which may have been stolen, expired, or improperly reused after being obtained from the patients for whom they were prescribed.
A Florida resident, Stephen Manuel Costa, is said to have created four separate entities to masquerade as wholesale distributors to sell the illegally obtained drugs.
The fourth defendant, Texas-based Harry Abolafia, is charged with creating false invoices to legitimize the transactions with the bogus wholesalers.
The Pavilion, (originally named The Sandpiper back in the 1970’s) was destroyed last night as a fire roared through the commercial district of Fire Island Pines, the popular gay resort village on a barrier island was one of the most famous gay clubs in the world spanning over 40 years. Famous for its “high tea dances“, “low teas“, and “middle teas” it was the major destination for gay men and hosted a Who’s Who of NYC’s gay elite and men on the make during the summertime.
Initial reports indicate the blaze broke out around 9:15 p.m. It quickly engulfed the Pavilion, C.F. LaFountaine, Sip N’ Twirl, the Pines Bistro and a bay front home. Walter Boss of the Fire Island Pines Fire Department confirmed to The News around 11:20 p.m. that the fire destroyed the Pavilion, La Fountaine, the Sip N’ Twirl complex that includes the Bistro and a bay front home
An unprepossessing wooden building, it hosted some of the most memorable DJs on some of their most memorable evenings. It became an incubator of what has since been dubbed “the Fire Island Sound,” and nurtured the careers of several beginning DJs.
The Pavilion was destroyed at the end of the summer of 2006 and replaced at great cost with the New Pavilion in 2007.