Love and death on Fire Island
Horace Gifford’s name may be largely forgotten, but he lives on in the 60-odd houses he designed for Fire Island’s gay community.
A year before he died of complications arising from the HIV virus, Horace Gifford packed a small suitcase and, leaving his home in New York, traveled to his sister’s home in Houston, Texas. He and his life-partner of 20 years had parted company and his circle of friends had severely narrowed. His sister and her young daughter looked after him; he sank into a distant world, suffering both...
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