Atlantas Gay Cruise Ship Passengers Arrested in Dominica For “Buggery” Speak Out About Ordeal

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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7 Responses

  1. bluays says:

    The suggestion from these guys that they did absolutely nothing and were completely caught “off guard” is totally absurd. So you mean that with 2,000 gay men on board, these two guys were somehow randomly singled out. They should own up to their public display and get on with their lives. They weren’t persecuted.

    I am gay, but there is a standard of decency for everyone, gay or straight.

    • Will Kohler says:

      And if it were a straight couple they would have been hauled off the ship. Suject to ridcule, harrasment and public scorn and feel in danger for their lives.

      I think not.

      Weather or not it was just nudity or sex. Atlantas should not be docking Gay Cruises in anti-gay coports. PERIOD. It made the situation much worse than it would have been in a gay friendly country

      • bluays says:

        The issue at hand is what they did, not where they docked. There wouldn’t have been a problem, otherwise.

        How about the other 1,998 gay passengers? Did they have a bad experience on this island?

        There aren’t too many islands in that part of the world where public nudity/sex is acceptable.

        I completely believe in LGBT equal rights, but portraying this as some sort of persecution is a little disingenuous.

  2. demure says:

    Having experienced one Atlantis cruise I find it hypocritical that Rich Campbell, president of Atlantis Events stated, “Two of our guests were seen engaging in a sexual act outdoors on their balcony in full public view of the port and town” when, in fact, Atlantis offers a “dick deck” where both oral and “buggary” sex acts are performed by random strangers in full view of any passenger who might wish to take an evening stroll. Moreover, complaints about public indecency by Atlantis guests are dismissed. Rich Campbell and Atlantis Events bear more than just some of the responsibility. Indeed, Rich may try to blow-off (no pun intended) responsibility here by shifting the blame to the passengers but it is Atlantis that creates the highly sexualized atmosphere by allocating entire decks for “buggary” and therefore encouraging and essentially promoting the aforementioned behavior.

  3. keyser says:

    They are lying. There are pics with them in the act. If this was because they were gay the other 1998 passangers would have been arrested. For some reason americans think they can do what they want in other peoples country and get away with it.

    • Will Kohler says:

      Okay okay they were doing the dirty. BUT even though they were they still didn’y have to be treated so barbaiclly by the Dominica Goverment, PD and its people. Its doubtful that a man/woman would be treated the same way.

      Then we also have the question to why Atlantas is booking all gay cruises and docking in ports where homosexuality is punishable by years in prison.

      The men are not the only one guilty in this situation

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