Here’s Not Looking At You Kid. Casablanca Revoks Gay Cruise’s Docking Permit

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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  1. Brian Lee says:

    I was one of the people in the community that is of the opinion that what the gay couple did on the Doninica Cruise was wrong on their part. Not because gay sex is dirty of secret as you have stated but, because other people gay, straight, whatever, have the right to walk out in a public place with out seeing any couple, gay or straight having penetrative sex. Its not like this couple was holding hands or casually give a kiss, they were fucking on the balcony while docked, in broad daylight, in front of anyone who walked by! If caught doimg that in the US they would be punished too. Although, I personally have very progressive views about sex, many do not. If you want respect you have to give it, and that action most definitely did not show respect to anyone on that dock.

    As far as traveling to countries whom have anti-gay policies and laws…. I suppose that would narrow down the countries that the LGBT community could visit to a handful including their home countries. Don’t put the United States on the itinerary because we aren’t exactly smelling like roses over here either.

    Furthermore, as an American, I can choose for myself where I would like to vacation. Companies like RSVP and Atlantis are business’ providing a service. If there were not enough people in the LGBT community requesting these destinations then I’m sure they would, in turn, no longer have the initiative to offer them.

    This is not like boycotting a soda company or a car manufacturer. I feel our power here is our visibility. Each of these cruises flood the cities with, in general, articulate, well behaved, financially secure people from our community. These people visit the shops, restaurants, gay bars, landmarks, etc, and while doing so, they are rubbing elbows with the locals. Reinforcing or chipping away at their opinions of the LGBT people. Often in ways that the local LGBT community could never get the opportunity to do. IMHO, we may inadvertently be helping the local gay communities when we visit. It’s not like our one cruise to that destination every year is making or breaking the countries bank.

    I have been on 10+ RSVP/Atlantis cruises and up to this point, I have never had or heard of someone on our cruises being mistreated or assaulted by a local while at a city we have visited. It’s sad to say, but I have felt more uncomfortable visiting areas of my own country (USA), because I am an out gay man than any place I’ve ever visited while on vacation with RSVP and Atlantis. And no company can offer a 100% guarantee of safety for any of their passengers, gay or otherwise.

  1. July 1, 2012

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