Cultural videographer captures the spirit of Fire Island
Nelson Sullivan was part of the post-Stonewall wave of young gay men who moved to either San Francisco or New York City in the 1970s. Over a period of seven years, Sullivan shot more than 1,700 hours of 8mm tape, capturing the citizens of NYC, especially his gay friends and gay culture.
This included his time at Fire Island, a strip of land off Long Island and an infamous gay destination over the decades. Sullivan’s video captures the sunny, bright side of Fire Island, making it seem Edenic, a beach getaway like the Bahamas.
And I like all the Speedos and kissy faces going on.