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N.Y. gay resort community is recognized

Cherry Grove’s historic theater on National Register

CHERRY GROVE, N.Y. — Decades before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove.

The seaside resort on Fire Island, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, was known as far back as the late 1940s as a sanctuary where gay writers, actors, and businesspeople from the city and beyond escaped to relax, hold hands, and show affection in public.

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