Capturing Rainbows

Stories from the LGBT Community and their Friends

My first visits to Fire Island (1979-80)

1979/1980—My first visit to Fire Island was over Halloween weekend in 1979, long after the resort’s summer season had ended. The legendary Sandpiper, a ramshackle wooden disco that had been the center of Fire Island Pines gay night life for more than a decade, scheduled its closing party for that weekend. I was fortunate enough to Read more about My first visits to Fire Island (1979-80)[…]

A Brazilian New Year in Hong Kong

A Brazilian New Year in Hong Kong (December 31, 1998 / January 1, 1999) —For New Year’s 1998, I found myself in Hong Kong, visiting my best friend from grad school and his family. I stayed with him, his wife, and daughter in their fancy three-bedroom ex-pat apartment, which was a huge cost-saver for me Read more about A Brazilian New Year in Hong Kong[…]

Tan Line (August 1993)

After a steamy day on Fowler Beach in South Hampton, Gustavo Otto and I ran into Robby Browne and his dog, Frances, getting into his 1955 Chrysler convertible in the parking lot.  I suggested a photo and, at the last minute, persuaded Gustavo, a muscular Chilean, to pull down his Speedo, exposing his butt. I Read more about Tan Line (August 1993)[…]

Jackie Yordan remembered

        Jackie Yordan was, according to many who knew him, an “incredible sweetheart and an amazing person… He was truly one of the biggest heart throbs of the period in New York.  The thing about him was that he had no attitude at all and he couldn’t have been sweeter. So, everybody Read more about Jackie Yordan remembered[…]

Photo Gallery: Pool and Garden Time (August 1993)

After a long, hot day on Fowler Beach in South Hampton, my guests and I returned to our backyard pool for a dip and some roughhousing in the water. Gustavo Otto and Bryan Hogan were a handsome, well-built couple. Gustavo, a friendly Chilean, graciously posed nude for my camera in our overgrown garden while I Read more about Photo Gallery: Pool and Garden Time (August 1993)[…]

To Fluff or Not to Fluff (1998-99)

1998-1999—In 1998, my investment bank offered me a position heading up a group in its Tokyo office. I was reluctant to go, but it was the only way I was likely to remain on my career path, so I agreed to move there for several years. Unsurprisingly, life in Tokyo was exciting, exotic, and exasperating Read more about To Fluff or Not to Fluff (1998-99)[…]

My First Night at the Saint

I moved to New York City in the fall of 1980 and quickly landed a job at a top corporate design agency, making $15,000 a year. It wasn’t much to live on, but, fortunately, my rent was only $250 a month for an Upper Eastside tenement—a 3-room railroad flat, complete with bathtub in the kitchen. Read more about My First Night at the Saint[…]

Photo Gallery – Meeting Gary (Mykonos 1985)

In early September 1985, I spent a week on vacation in Mykonos. Early in my stay, I spied a handsome, muscular, blond young man on clothing-optional Super Paradise Beach and started chatting with him. His name was Gary Matthews and he was a Welsh hair stylist visiting from London. Fortunately, the attraction was mutual and, Read more about Photo Gallery – Meeting Gary (Mykonos 1985)[…]

Chelsea Lore (2004ish)

2004ish—My friend, Dan, was staying in a friend’s apartment on 17th Street off Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, then Manhattan’s gayest neighborhood, while visiting NYC from Miami in 2004 or so. He returned from a day spent running around town to find the building cordoned off and a number of “Manhattan’s Finest” standing nearby preventing bystanders Read more about Chelsea Lore (2004ish)[…]