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Bravo to Jason Collins for coming out & being the first to come out in a major sport as an active player.

He took a risk & so must us all.......why go to Jamaica & other anti gay ports, why hold Carnivore stock or go on its cruise lines when they attempt to ban Drag dressing on a cruise w/ Drag reviews - Carnivore also took a risk - to control others wrongfully so.

There are plenty of lines that support all people...so lets take the high road..for one & all....
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Originally posted by Rotterdam
Bravo to Jason Collins for coming out & being the first to come out in a major sport as an active player.
Taking nothing away from Mr. Collins, perhaps you've forgotten about Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King....who only won about 482 major tennis championships between them after they came out....
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Taking nothing away from Mr. Collins, perhaps you've forgotten about Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King....who only won about 482 major tennis championships between them after they came out....
Yes, sadly - as usual - female athletes are not considered at the same level of importance as male athletes. Billy Jean and Martina were way out in front of the guys.



I am just confused as to what the OP's post has to do with Carnival, or cruising!
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Originally posted by World Sailor
Matina wasnt OUT and either was Greg Louganis thats the diffrence
Martina came out in 1981! She was a champion and active player for many years after that.
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Originally posted by Boytjie
I am just confused as to what the OP's post has to do with Carnival, or cruising!
Grasping for straws.
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Well...to get back to OP's point about Carnival, I have always found them very gay-friendly, have met lots of other gay folk on their ships, maybe their FOD/LGBT gatherings aren't well attended but at least the cruise directors go to the trouble of scheduling them, usually every day, whether or not the passengers actually show up.

As for the drag cruise...heck, if it matters that much to you, bring your drag, wear it, and see if anyone tries to stop you! I agree that Jamaica is very hostile toward gay folk, but if you're gonna boycott every line that goes there, you're not gonna be taking many cruises - they all go there. Just stay on the ship.

This is kind of far down my list of Things To Worry About....
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I have found that certain lines are most accomodating than others - but I believe all you need is one instance of prejudice to feed the fire - in this case it was the double standard regarding the drag cruise. I'd like to see some of these lines have ads w/ gay couples for instance. - A risk for sure but in this day & age I think well worth it.

And what makes Jason Collins different is that he is the first ACTIVE player in the NBA to come out. Its the difference betweenn coming out when you are employed & when you retire. Bravo to those other athletes....but to live life as oneself every day is a right everyone should enjoy - whether at sea or at home.

I live a very main stream life here in NYC - worked corporate all my life - dated every nationalty on the planet & have a Latin husband.....I call it all well rounded...and so for Jason Collins - his risk taking is our gain....put yourself in others shoes - whether onboard a ship or not.

Its good to hear that you have found Carnivore gay friendly and you enjoy your cruises...we all have our own comfort zone.



Originally posted by GaNavy
Well...to get back to OP's point about Carnival, I have always found them very gay-friendly, have met lots of other gay folk on their ships, maybe their FOD/LGBT gatherings aren't well attended but at least the cruise directors go to the trouble of scheduling them, usually every day, whether or not the passengers actually show up.

As for the drag cruise...heck, if it matters that much to you, bring your drag, wear it, and see if anyone tries to stop you! I agree that Jamaica is very hostile toward gay folk, but if you're gonna boycott every line that goes there, you're not gonna be taking many cruises - they all go there. Just stay on the ship.

This is kind of far down my list of Things To Worry About....
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Originally posted by Rotterdam
I have found that certain lines are most accomodating than others - but I believe all you need is one instance of prejudice to feed the fire - in this case it was the double standard regarding the drag cruise. I'd like to see some of these lines have ads w/ gay couples for instance. - A risk for sure but in this day & age I think well worth it.

And what makes Jason Collins different is that he is the first ACTIVE player in the NBA to come out. Its the difference betweenn coming out when you are employed & when you retire. Bravo to those other athletes....but to live life as oneself every day is a right everyone should enjoy - whether at sea or at home.

I live a very main stream life here in NYC - worked corporate all my life - dated every nationalty on the planet & have a Latin husband.....I call it all well rounded...and so for Jason Collins - his risk taking is our gain....put yourself in others shoes - whether onboard a ship or not.

Its good to hear that you have found Carnivore gay friendly and you enjoy your cruises...we all have our own comfort zone.
Rotterdam - I hate to inform you -- Jason Collins is at the end of his career after 12 years in the pros. He has been released and has yet to be picked up by another team for next year, so at this point he has little to worry about in his career.

As for wearing drag on a cruise ship - unless you are going on a gay cruise (and even then I would have to think twice about it) - it does not give IMHO the correct impression of a gay man. It is one thing to be in a bar with our own friends in drag - it is another to be out there in the mainstream. It just perpetuates many of the strereotypes - I guess we are just more conservative in our thinking.

On a funny note - we were talking with friends years ago and they were discussing "Dress up night" (aka formal night) and I said we love to wear our tuxes and they said "oh no -- I meant drag -- we roared with laughter - I think me and my husband of 29 years will stick to our tuxes/dinner jackets for mainstream cruises...

After 25 cruises - people know we are a gay couple (incl. many of the staff that we have travelled with on mulitiple cruises) and we do not have to push someones head into the ground or shout from the rooftops.

As for Carnival - we do not travel the line, as that is not our demographic or crowd. We generally stick to Celebrity or Princess. We were on NCL once (never again for a variety of reasons). You do find your comfort zone. On the other hand, we do love our Carnival Shareholder Onboard Credits that you can use on any of their lines. If you get lemons - make lemonade.

I wish everyone a great weekend and happy sailing...
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Rotterdam - I hate to inform you -- Jason Collins is at the end of his career after 12 years in the pros. He has been released and has yet to be picked up by another team for next year, so at this point he has little to worry about in his career.

As for wearing drag on a cruise ship - unless you are going on a gay cruise (and even then I would have to think twice about it) - it does not give IMHO the correct impression of a gay man. It is one thing to be in a bar with our own friends in drag - it is another to be out there in the mainstream. It just perpetuates many of the strereotypes - I guess we are just more conservative in our thinking.

On a funny note - we were talking with friends years ago and they were discussing "Dress up night" (aka formal night) and I said we love to wear our tuxes and they said "oh no -- I meant drag -- we roared with laughter - I think me and my husband of 29 years will stick to our tuxes/dinner jackets for mainstream cruises...

After 25 cruises - people know we are a gay couple (incl. many of the staff that we have travelled with on mulitiple cruises) and we do not have to push someones head into the ground or shout from the rooftops.

As for Carnival - we do not travel the line, as that is not our demographic or crowd. We generally stick to Celebrity or Princess. We were on NCL once (never again for a variety of reasons). You do find your comfort zone. On the other hand, we do love our Carnival Shareholder Onboard Credits that you can use on any of their lines. If you get lemons - make lemonade.

I wish everyone a great weekend and happy sailing...
Not completely true about Jason Collins. The free agent signing period hasn't started because the playoffs are still going on. Being a free agent he doesn't even have the opportunity to sign with another team yet. So...he is putting a bit at risk that someone may take this into consideration when the period does open up. It could work for...or against. I guess we will find out.

But.....he is definitely at the tail end of his career. It still would be nice if someone in their prime of their career came out...baby steps.
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Originally posted by Ratpack
Not completely true about Jason Collins. The free agent signing period hasn't started because the playoffs are still going on. Being a free agent he doesn't even have the opportunity to sign with another team yet. So...he is putting a bit at risk that someone may take this into consideration when the period does open up. It could work for...or against. I guess we will find out.

But.....he is definitely at the tail end of his career. It still would be nice if someone in their prime of their career came out...baby steps.
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Originally posted by neilrr
Rotterdam - I hate to inform you -- Jason Collins is at the end of his career after 12 years in the pros. He has been released and has yet to be picked up by another team for next year, so at this point he has little to worry about in his career.

As for wearing drag on a cruise ship - unless you are going on a gay cruise (and even then I would have to think twice about it) - it does not give IMHO the correct impression of a gay man. It is one thing to be in a bar with our own friends in drag - it is another to be out there in the mainstream. It just perpetuates many of the strereotypes - I guess we are just more conservative in our thinking.

On a funny note - we were talking with friends years ago and they were discussing "Dress up night" (aka formal night) and I said we love to wear our tuxes and they said "oh no -- I meant drag -- we roared with laughter - I think me and my husband of 29 years will stick to our tuxes/dinner jackets for mainstream cruises...

After 25 cruises - people know we are a gay couple (incl. many of the staff that we have travelled with on mulitiple cruises) and we do not have to push someones head into the ground or shout from the rooftops.

As for Carnival - we do not travel the line, as that is not our demographic or crowd. We generally stick to Celebrity or Princess. We were on NCL once (never again for a variety of reasons). You do find your comfort zone. On the other hand, we do love our Carnival Shareholder Onboard Credits that you can use on any of their lines. If you get lemons - make lemonade.

I wish everyone a great weekend and happy sailing...
But the problem is, they TOOK THEIR MONEY knowing who they were!!!
I find it very insulting that you have to 'go along' with what they feed you...
DON'T TAKE MY MONEY IF I CAN'T BE WHO I WANT TO BE!!!

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Originally posted by neilrr
Rotterdam - I hate to inform you -- Jason Collins is at the end of his career after 12 years in the pros. He has been released and has yet to be picked up by another team for next year, so at this point he has little to worry about in his career.

As for wearing drag on a cruise ship - unless you are going on a gay cruise (and even then I would have to think twice about it) - it does not give IMHO the correct impression of a gay man. It is one thing to be in a bar with our own friends in drag - it is another to be out there in the mainstream. It just perpetuates many of the strereotypes - I guess we are just more conservative in our thinking.

On a funny note - we were talking with friends years ago and they were discussing "Dress up night" (aka formal night) and I said we love to wear our tuxes and they said "oh no -- I meant drag -- we roared with laughter - I think me and my husband of 29 years will stick to our tuxes/dinner jackets for mainstream cruises...

After 25 cruises - people know we are a gay couple (incl. many of the staff that we have travelled with on mulitiple cruises) and we do not have to push someones head into the ground or shout from the rooftops.

As for Carnival - we do not travel the line, as that is not our demographic or crowd. We generally stick to Celebrity or Princess. We were on NCL once (never again for a variety of reasons). You do find your comfort zone. On the other hand, we do love our Carnival Shareholder Onboard Credits that you can use on any of their lines. If you get lemons - make lemonade.

I wish everyone a great weekend and happy sailing...
Yeah, neil. I just don't think drag would do me well. I know I'd hear.."Jesus, I guess that bucket of water didn't melt her, get the firehose!"
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Originally posted by Boytjie
Yes, sadly - as usual - female athletes are not considered at the same level of importance as male athletes. Billy Jean and Martina were way out in front of the guys.



I am just confused as to what the OP's post has to do with Carnival, or cruising!
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Originally posted by jwm51
But the problem is, they TOOK THEIR MONEY knowing who they were!!!

I find it very insulting that you have to 'go along' with what they feed you...
DON'T TAKE MY MONEY IF I CAN'T BE WHO I WANT TO BE!!!


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jwm51 - The cruise lines do not force you to give them your money and they do NOT know who you are. They are there to run a business and make sure everything runs smoothly for all cruisers. They are not there to promote people in drag. You can wear what you want, but if you are possibly going to cause other passengers to be uncomfortable or cause a stir, so you can make a statement - that is not what the cruise lines want or need. Do as you wish...

Originally posted by keithm
Yeah, neil. I just don't think drag would do me well. I know I'd hear.."Jesus, I guess that bucket of water didn't melt her, get the firehose!"
keithm - I am with you... They would make us walk the gang plank... I look better in my chicken costume from Halloween.

How the restaurant business going up in New England?

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Originally posted by neilrr
jwm51 - The cruise lines do not force you to give them your money and they do NOT know who you are. They are there to run a business and make sure everything runs smoothly for all cruisers. They are not there to promote people in drag. You can wear what you want, but if you are possibly going to cause other passengers to be uncomfortable or cause a stir, so you can make a statement - that is not what the cruise lines want or need. Do as you wish...



keithm - I am with you... They would make us walk the gang plank... I look better in my chicken costume from Halloween.

How the restaurant business going up in New England?

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Business was good in '12. Looks even better as I look ahead. We've got a $50K wedding this August. Quite the affair.We did Vegas this Jan. as opposed to our usual cruising. We enjoyed it a lot, but still plan to go cruising this winter after the busy season ends.
keithm - Glad business is good... We are already looking at the calendar for next year and the week of March 22, 2014 fits our calendar... It would be great to meet onboard sometime.

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Very interesting thread - thanks, Rotterdam, you got people going on more topics than you had in mind, I'm sure.

I'm struck by the variety of opinions here - makes me ask a question I've asked for a long time:

As gay folk, what do we really have in common?

Or to put it in the mirror, what do straight folk really have in common?

Across the entire population, I'm talking about...lots of groups in all communities feel the sting of oppression or stigmatization.

We have lots of different opinions on everything, it seems to me.

Yeah, I'm off topic here. Thanks for reading, and happy sailing to all!
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I'd say what we have had in common for the longest time was being different and being marginalized. Yes, that is changing, thank goodness.
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