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Watch Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang Discuss Fire Island as a Gay Haven

Watch Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang Discuss Fire Island as a Gay Haven

Fire Island

The cast of the breakout rom-com of the summer discusses what the sexually free queer enclave The Pines means to them in an exclusive featurette. 

Fire Island finally hit Hulu last week after much anticipation.

Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the film follows a group of gay friends who gather for what could be their last annual week of love and laughter together on the titular isle. Fire Island features the likes of queer actors Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, and Margaret Cho, and is being hailed for centering queer Asian individuals.

In the featurette below, some of the cast and director Andrew Ahn chat about the film's location and what Fire Island means to the queer community.

"There was a time when gay men weren't allowed to dance together. It was illegal for bars to serve us. And so this became a real refuge for people who just wanted to escape and feel free," Booster says in the video.

Yang adds that Fire Island, "is this beautiful tapestry of all these things people seek out."

Fire Island is now streaming on Hulu.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.