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    Should gay cruises stop at homophobic ports?

    A gay/lesbian cruise charter to the Bahamas has sparked a fierce debate.

    The islands are well known for their poor record on LGBT rights, which raises the question - was it wise to charter a gay cruise there?

    The cruise, aboard NCL's Norwegian Sky, is due to take place in April after the second annual Pride Parade Parade and Expo in Florida.

    The Bahamas does not have a law against discrimitation against gay people, and a series of anti-gay incidents has sparked international concern. They include picketing of Rosie O'Donnell's Family Holiday cruise, a ban on the screening of the film 'Brokeback Mountain', and the aquittal of a man who used 'gay panic' as an excuse to murder a man who was HIV-positive.

    Human rights organisations often blame the colonial heritage of many Caribbean nations for their poor record on gay rights.

    Whatever the reason, it seems they have a long way to come on gay rights, compared with the rest of the western world.

    This being the case, would it not be best to avoid chartering gay cruises to this part of the world?

    Or do you think these cruises should carry on, in the hope to make a difference by encouraging acceptance and tolerance?


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    I think the answer should come from the passengers themselves - if they are unhappy at the idea of visiting such places, then the ship shouldn't stop there.


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    Whatever you do, don't stop at Jamaica!

    The Rastafarian cult,there (half the island's population?) is dreadfully homophobic!

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    I think the answer should come from the passengers themselves - if they are unhappy at the idea of visiting such places, then the ship shouldn't stop there.
    Seems like the most sensible approach. Take a vote!


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    Cannot imagine what the reception would be like when the ship docks, I would'nt want to be there at the time. Good luck to them, they may need it.
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    I don't think that gay cruises should be banned from the Bahamas as they desperately need the revenue there. However gay people sometimes feel,I think,that they need to display too much of their lifestyle and behaviour in public which becomes quite obnoxious to the non- participants - that is the problem.


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    I agree with Hackney - nowadays in most places in the world there is no discrimination against Gays.
    I think things like Pride Parade and chartering ships just for gays stresses the fact that they are 'different'. I think gays should, and mostly are, treated just like everyone else.
    Would non gays be welcome on board ?


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    [QUOTE=hackney6907@bellsouth.net, Parkland, .... However gay people sometimes feel,I think,that they need to display too much of their lifestyle and behaviour in public which becomes quite obnoxious to the non- participants - that is the problem.[/QUOTE]

    And therein lies your homophobia!


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    I don't think that gay cruises should be banned from the Bahamas as they desperately need the revenue
    Perhaps the loss of revenue might focus the mind on the cost of their homophobia


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    As a Gay man who regulary cruises with my civil partner of 22 years, I have to say that I would not want to put one penny into the coffers of any backward thinking country and due to that I would not book a cruise to these places.

    I have to take Hackney to task about the comments that we put on a show to be seen. The original Pride marches were political, and were definety put on to show people how a minority of the people were discriminated against, and they worked in most civilised countries to help get rid of these outdated laws. However these events are now places where familes and friends of LGBT people can attend and have a brilliant fun filled "Mardi Gras" type day, while still getting points across about the continuing discrimination from certain religions and governments.

    I will not apologise for the "obnoxious" way I might hold my partners hand or look at him affectionetly, for I am sure you Hackney must do this to your wife or girlfriend, and I dont find that obnoxious in any way.

    I am happy to say that in nearly 20 "non specialist" cruises we have never had any problems, and have met some amazing people of all ages, creeds and colours, and that the only time we felt slightly uneasy was on an RCI ship, as it was so family orientated, our mistake to book it for our Civil Partnership "honeymoon", however RCI gave us the full "honeymoon" package.

    Last edited by Garyface, Purfleet; 11th February 2010 at 11:35 AM.

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