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The photo shows Fire Island’s Cherry Grove Community House and Theater being ferried out to Fire Island in 1946. The building was listed in June 2013 as an historic place by the US Parks Department because of “the enormous role it played in shaping what evolved into America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town… facilitating gradual social acceptance, self-affirmation, and integration of its gay and lesbian residents into Cherry Grove’s governing affairs and civic life.”
The building is one of only three buildings of historial interest to the US LGBTI community which have been listed (the others are The Stonewall Inn and Frank Kameny’s house).
The US National Register of Historic Places is appealing for nominations for other sites of historical importance to the gay community to be listed.