Archive for February, 2014

Looking Through the Sensational Headlines About Anti-Gay Religious Laws

In his landmark Nation cover story for the 1993 march on Washington, headlined the gay moment, journalist Andrew Kopkind noted, ‘Not for 30 years has a class of Americans endured the peculiar pain and exhilaration on having their civil rights and moral worth — their very humanness — debated at every level of public life. Lesbians and gay men wake up to headlines…”

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Twenty years later, LGBT issues are still making headlines. We at Pride of the Ocean dig deeper to address those topics with film and discussion to examine some of the important issues that LGBT people face. John Scagliotti, partner to the late Andrew Kopkind, presents thoughtful films and intelligent panels on the issues that make the headlines.

On our 45th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise, Pride of the Ocean will be doing exactly that on the hot topics of religion, law and politics.

Daniel Karslake will be presenting a film that has truly made a difference. See video trailer below, or click here.

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“For the Bible Tells Me So” is, strictly speaking, an educational film, but there is no denying that it fills a need. – The New York Times

In addition to this film, we are doing a panel with one of the most important religious leaders in the country, Bishop Gene Robinson.

“God calls all of his children to the table. We can disagree and even say a lot of hateful things, but what we can’t do in good conscience is — demand that someone else not be at the table.” – Bishop Gene Robinson

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You won’t want to miss this important film and discussion on Pride of the Ocean.

One of the most important missions of Pride of the Ocean is to increase visibility of the LGBT community. For this reason, the film festival is hosted aboard ships with a diverse group of passengers, in order to put out a positive, constructive, example of the LGBT community to society at large. As part of that mission, Pride of the Ocean will be making a charitable donation of $75 to Episcopal Response to AIDS and offering a cabin discount of $75 for each person reserving a cabin with the promotional code of GENE14. Click here to take advantage of this offer while helping those with HIV.

Episcopal Response to AIDS is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to support, foster and financially enable HIV/AIDS ministries affiliated with Episcopal faith communities in the Greater New York area. From its inception in 2006 through 2012, Episcopal Response to AIDS has awarded approximately $150,000 in 45 grants to 24 grassroots HIV/AIDS ministries in the Dioceses of Long Island, Newark and New York.

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Reimagining the Erotic…

While some African countries rightly continue to make headlines for some of their new draconian anti-gay laws, we on Pride of the Ocean want to take this opportunity to explore some of the complexities rooted in the African diaspora.

ProtestWe find a new work-in-progress by Seyi Adebanjo, which we are delighted to be screening for you on our New York to Bermuda cruise, a fascinating work of storytelling. Entitled “Qya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!”, Adebanjo’s film explores ritual, the erotic and gender through indigenous Yorùbá spirituality in Nigeria.

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Adebanjo says “re-imaging the erotic in the future will give strength to a new story and people who cross the border of gender/spirit/sexuality.” Adebanjo’s film will be part of a series of exciting shorts that will be screening as part of our 5th anniversary cruise, embarking from New York City on June 1.

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The exciting part for you is that as a Pride of the Ocean passenger, you will be meeting some truly amazing and talented people.

Join this engaging group by booking your cabin here.

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Meet Your Emcee

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Emcee, Matt Moore, is a producer, comedian and improv teacher who founded “Improv for the People” in 2010. “Improv for the People” offers classes in improvisation and trains not just actors, but business school students as well, improvisation being a valuable skill outside of the theater. In Los Angeles, Matt trained at the acclaimed Groundlings Theater, home to many well-known actors, comedians, and celebrities.

He is the producer of MonkeyShines Improv, Alley Catz Comedy Show, and is a frequent performer at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA.

“The study of improvisation is not just for the actor; it is a powerful tool in unlocking creativity, enhancing communication, and enriching human-to-human interaction.” – Matthew Moore, founder of “Improv for the People” – Matthew Moore

Matthew joined other prominent comedians in a Valentine’s Day show at Westside Comedy Theater that sold out and received rave reviews.

Valentine-640pxIf you love comedy and cruising, you won’t want to miss our double bill of Matt Moore and the Ryan and Amy Show on Pride of the Ocean. Click here to learn more about the Pride of the Ocean cruise and its many activities and exciting programming.

It’s all fabulous on Pride of the Ocean!

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