In this June 21, 2013 photo, artist and painter Jack Dowling discusses the history of the predominantly gay community on New York's Fire Island, in Cherry Grove, N.Y. Dowling, who is 80, began ... more 
In this June 21, 2013 photo, artist and painter Jack Dowling discusses the history of the predominantly gay community on New York's Fire Island, in Cherry Grove, N.Y. Dowling, who is 80, began visiting Cherry Grove in the early 1950s and has lived there for several decades. At right, reflected in a mirror, are autographs of some of the performers who have appeared at the Cherry Grove Community House and Theater since it opened in 1948.(AP Photo/Frank Eltman) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Frank Eltman
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 9:56 AM EDT