June 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Fire Island building deemed historic
Fire Island, New York, Cherry Grove Community House, gay news, Washington Blade

Fire Island (Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)

CHERRY GROVE, N.Y.— The National Park Service has placed a Fire Island community center and theater onto the National Register of Historic Places.

The Cherry Grove Community House that dates back to 1948 is among the first venues in the country that featured gay-produced shows and performances. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) wrote in a May 9 letter to the head of the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program that the structure represents “a rare and exceptionally significant chapter in the struggle for gay and lesbian civil rights in the United States.”

“We are overjoyed that the nation is recognizing this powerful symbol of civil liberties for the LGBT community,” said Cherry Grove Community Association President Diane Romano.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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