Father Tony

Debunking the current myth about Key West

Filed By Father Tony | October 26, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: gay bloggers, Key West

Mention Key West in New York City, and someone is bound to say "That's gone straight, hasn't it?" I'm here to tell you that the straightening of Key West is a myth.

More after the jump, plus photos of bloggers-gone-wild.

It seems that what has happened in Key West is that both straights and gays have not just blurred their distinctions, but seeing no value to those distinctions, have tossed them into the ocean and have gone hand-in-hand into wonderful abandon.

We (and please go here for Joe's careful account of where we have been and what we have seen, plus a list of names of gay bloggers, videographers and performers on our press junket.) are here for Fantasy Fest, a week of delicious craziness.

JoeMyGod watched as I almost took out a row of twenty mopeds while learning to operate the brakes. The rental guys wondered if I might prefer a bicycle. I've rather mastered it.

My immediate impression: Provincetown crossed with New Orleans equals Key West. I'm really loving it.

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I was stationed in Key West for nearly 5 years. I just don't see the place ever going far right on anything or far left...actually its more like a boat adrift without a rudder, but in a good way.

I love and miss Key West so much. Enjoy it while you can and if its Fantasy Fest and you have a rental car, keep the top down, the windows up and the doors locked. They's some strange things that go on down thar.


I'm so jealous. I've always wanted to go to Key West. Jerame went on vacation there once before we got together and he's talked of nothing else since. :) I hope you enjoy it as much as he did.

I'm betting that 'cucumber' will be the first veggie mal-appropriated? :)

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | October 27, 2009 10:37 PM

Dear Fr. Tony,

I have a confession to make and I imagine you can guess where it is coming from...perspective. I miss what was Key West. The tons of little quirky businesses like "The Cat House" located on the site of the old bordello located on Duval became a specialty retail store for cat gifts presided over by "Madam" the fattest feline I have ever seen. All this uniqueness got priced out of town by the mid 1990's.

The book shoppes, open air restaurants and beautiful architecture of the city getting replaced "or diminished) by "Banana Republic," "Little Switzerland" (discount jewelry) Mass produced Art by Thos Kinkaid (On Duval street?).

Just the wonderful glimmers of what is left at "sunset celebration" and the chance to eat at the wonderful restaurant frequented by Capote, Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams still make the town a destination point, but not a place I could spend a week as in the past, but two days maximum.

It is becoming too much like everywhere else.

See Savannah Georgia!