Life in 2-D.In mid March, "Vito Desoto" opened the Fire Island Gay History Museum, but you won't find this museum on Long Island. It's only as far away as your computer, in the online virtual community Second Life.
SL has grown steadily since Linden Lab Linden Lab is a privately held company based in San Francisco, California. Its CEO is Philip Rosedale, former CTO of Real Networks. Mitch Kapor is on the board of directors. The company was founded in 1999. The name comes from Linden Street, the street it was originally based on. released its initial beta version A pre-shipping release of hardware or software that has gone through alpha test. A beta version of software is supposed to be very close to the final product, but, in practice, it is more a way of getting users to test the software in the first place under real conditions. , Linden Linden, city, United States
Linden, city (1990 pop. 36,701), Union co., NE N.J., in the New York metropolitan area; inc. 1925. During the first half of the 20th cent. World, in 2002. With over 5 million registered accounts, the site logs around 30,000 visitors at any given time. Desoto says so many gay folks feel comfortable in SL because "your average SL member is still mostly an early-adopter-of-technology type who is open-minded and adventurous."
Adventurous indeed. Residents can create myriad avatars (I tried out "cybergoth female") that can do most anything a human can--talk, swim, have sex, gamble, snort cocaine, etc.--plus stuff we can't, like fly and telepert. But what distinguishes this virtual world from many other online communities is that it has its own working economy. Residents can earn Linden dollars--traded at market rate, which at press time was L$250 to US$1--by selling goods, services, and real estate, and can convert real-world and Linden dollars at currency exchanges.
Desoto's museum is an atypical place in SL: a noncommercial meeting space. The museum is a two-story building with numerous interactive exhibits offering information on Fire Island, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, Harvey Milk This article is about poltitician and activist. For the high school, see Harvey Milk High School. For the band, see Harvey Milk (band).
Harvey Bernard Milk , and Oscar Wilde.
Desoto tells The Advocate, "Most of the visitors said they learned something, and I've noticed many visitors stay for an hour or more looking at the exhibits."
In SL's Provincetown, with a Boystown and Halsted shopping district a la Chicago, the GLBT GLBT Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Holocaust Memorial inspires visitors to leave teddy bears, roses, and candies for, among others, Gianni Versace Noun 1. Gianni Versace - Italian fashion designer (1946-1997)
Versace , Matthew Shepard Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was fatally attacked near Laramie, on the night of October 6 – October 7, 1998 in what was widely reported by international news media as a savage , and "All Transwomen." A marker at the site reads "In memory of all the millions killed in the Holocaust, especially the homosexuals."
The gay communities in SL have it all: galleries, sky diving sky diving, sport of descending partly by parachute from an airplane or similar craft. Engaged in for both recreational and competitive purposes, sky diving involves three phases of activity: the free fall, the descent with open parachute, and the landing. , dance clubs, nude beaches, movie houses, and shopping at complexes like the Man Hunt Mall. I picked out a pet Chihuahua at D&D Dogs and relaxed at the Rainbow Beach Cafe and Lounge.
Desoto also created an entire SL Fire Island, which beasts a beautiful beach located near Desoto's house, which he shares with his partner. Desoto met "Corey Longstaff' in SL, and the two hit it off so well they recently moved in together offline. "Second Life gave us a chance to really get to know each other," says Desoto, "and because we were beth honest and open with each other, those feelings and expectations have transitioned to real life without any problems."