Fire Island Blackout

ilbonito blog 2007

Once a year, Fire Island gets conspicuously blacker for FIBO, Fire Island Black Out, one of America’s biggest black gay and lesbian parties, held in Cherry Grove over a Summer weekend. It is an interesting disruption to the usually very white Fire Island scene, making the island, if only for one weekend, a shining star of hedonistic Afro-homosex. And luckily for me, it coincided with my trip.

On Saturday morning the trains and ferries brought in thousands of gay men and women of colour – ready to party. Many of them were dressed immaculately in chic Summer casualwear, with the fashion on show almost as tempting as the endless parade of buff torsos, perfect pecs and spandex-covered bouncing crotches, as the cruisy crowd mingled in their haute beachwear on the streets, bars and beaches.

The day before I arrived at Fire Island I had had an interesting conversation with a…

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