Tom Walker

Creative type spending my time island hopping between NYC and Honolulu.

Tom Walker's Stories

Marcus

1989—I met Marcus Lutsky at Uncle Charlie’s Downtown in NYC in the Spring of 1989. It was a Saturday night and I was on the prowl. It was late. I hadn’t really met anyone yet, mostly because I had been standing around watching music videos and trying to make eye contact with a bartender who […]

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Summer Heat

2005—While most people think of Fire Island at the gay summer escape from the New York City, there were other places just as special and unique. In this case, Andrew Ruth’s annual summer birthday celebration at his home upstate New York. More chill than Fire Island but all equally hot. Share this post, follow, and […]

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First Love

1978—Werner Seelig and I met in the South of France. He was twenty-one and from Indiana. I was twenty, a hippy from California. We were both staying in a commune up in the mountains of the Languedoc. I was immediately attracted to him and over the course of a couple weeks of exploring the wilds […]

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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. […]

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My Perfect Life

1977: I was living the perfect life. I was attending a small state university in northern California. Although I was attracted to men, I had never slept with one. I had barely even slept with a girl, and I seemed to have no problem doing that. In my heart of hearts, I knew I was NOT […]

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Project Runway: Water Island Edition

Circa 1997: While Cherry Grove and The Pines were the center of gay life on Fire Island, another small enclave of gay culture thrived just east of The Pines. About 1/2 hour walk, past Egg Land (where naked old men sat, drooping their stuff in driftwood nests they built around themselves) and Barrett Beach (where […]

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Gayborhoods - Sutton Place

In the early 1980s, Sutton Place on Manhattan’s East 50s and 60s was very gay, especially after work when the bars would fill with the midtown business crowd. My office was at Park and 57th Street at the time, and after work I would go to one of the many bars nearby that offered the […]

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Coming Out, 1982

During my first few years in NYC, I only had one foot out of the closet. I had my gay friends, and I had my straight friends and coworkers which I neatly compartmentalized. I don’t think it was really a conscious effort on my part to separate my gay life from the rest. I simply […]

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Hong Kong 1984

Homosexuality was illegal in Hong Kong back then, but for the expat community it was mostly overlooked by the authorities. Gay life consisted of Waltzing Matilda’s on Kowloon side where the rats were more frequent than the men, Dateline in Central which catered to older expat men and the young Chinese boys they loved, and […]

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Gay Pride 1994

NYC GAY PRIDE, 1994 —That’s me on Fifth Avenue in the almost-Daisy-Dukes, tubes socks and boots (with Little Tom who now lives in Maui). Meanwhile in Central Park, parachute pants and tight abs was the fashion of the day. I missed the memo, or should I say I got the wrong memo. #GayPride Share this […]

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