The Queer History of Fire Island

Whether you've boarded the ferry yourself or watched the hilarious and heartwarming new movie, Fire Island season is upon us. But did you know that the island's queer history stretches back nearly a hundred years?

Jack Parlett, a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University who just published the epic Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise, recently walked me through the rich queer histories of Fire Island's LGBTQ+ havens: Cherry Grove and the Pines.

Video Interview

Audio-Only Version

The Book

Don't forget to support Jack's research by picking up a copy of his book, Fire Island: A Century in an American Paradise!

Next Week's Reading

Readings for next week's lesson with Marlon B. Ross are available here.