Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town

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Beacon Press, 1993 - Social Science - 378 pages
Recounts the history of Cherry Grove, from the 1930s to the present, including interviews with residents who describe the struggles, the partying, and the perseverance. By the author of Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America.

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Cherry Grove, the oldest continuously inhabited resort on Fire Island, became a beacon toward which gays were drawn as well as "a ghetto into which they were pushed by the hatred and intolerance of ... Read full review

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a very cool read for the beach or on the boat :) If you read this and still have not been to Cherry Grove you need to get out there. So amazing.. check out or they have useful info on gay travel.


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Esther Newton is Professor of Anthropology and Kempner Distinguished Professor at State University of New York at Purchase. She is the author of several books, including Mother Camp, a groundbreaking study of American drag queens, and Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America??'s First Gay and Lesbian Town.

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