Fire Island Pines Dedicates Park For LGBTQ+ Trailblazers This Saturday
The new Trailblazers Park honors LGBTQ+ heroes of the past with individualized flags created by various artists.
Fire Island Pines is unveiling a new public space honoring LGBTQ+ trailblazers of the past and present this weekend, and you’re invited!
Trailblazers Park will feature a water fountain with a tile mosaic by TM Davy which honors Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Above the fountain will hang 16 flags honoring other LGBTQ+ trailblazers like Larry Kramer and James Baldwin as well as some lesser known figures like Zuni Native American leader We’Ha, and the proud Puerto Rican butch lesbian Carmen Vazquez. Contributing artists include Wolfgang Tillmans, Nicole Eisenman, Raul de Nieves, Lyle Ashton Harris, Martine Gutierrez and others.
The ribbon cutting will start at noon Saturday, July 16, and feature speeches by members of the Brookhaven City Council, author Eric Cervini, the FIPPOA/Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association president, activists, and, of course, trailblazers. A march and reception will follow the ribbon cutting.
As an added treat, the long-running Fire Island Dance Festival is also that same weekend.
Keep scrolling to see all the flags honoring our LGBTQ+ trailblazers at Trailblazers Park in Fire Island Pines.
Photo courtesy FOP. All other photos courtesy of artist and FOP.
Trailblazer - Audre Lorde
Lyle Ashton Harris (artist)
Trailblazers - Barbara Gittings & Kay Tobin Lahusen