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Saving Our History

with “Brother Outsider”

buttonCo-director Bennett Singer will lead a seminar on the importance of finding, saving, and incorporating archival material into film and film archives, using the making of the film he co-directed with Nancy Kates, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” as a real-world example of saving African American LGBT history. The seminar will appropriately be taking place on Pride of the Ocean’s, “Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall: Films That Made a Difference” cruise June 1-8, 2014 from New York to Bermuda, “Brother Outsider” being a film that made and continues to make a difference.

Long before Martin Luther King, Jr. became a national figure, Bayard Rustin routinely put his body and his life on the line as a crusader for racial justice.  He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create.

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Though he had to overcome the stereotypes associated with being an illegitimate son, an African American, a gay man and a one-time member of the Communist Party, Rustin the ultimate outsider eventually became a public figure and respected political insider. He not only shaped civil rights movement strategy as a longtime advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., but was known and respected by numerous U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders.

Your joining this cruise helps support filmmakers maintain their work by creating works that save LGBT history, including the precious archival materials that make up our  LGBT African American experience. Click here to book your cabin on Pride of the Ocean.

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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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Pride of the Ocean is Much More Than LGBT Films…

Pride of the Ocean will bring a smart engaged community together for inspiration, sharing information and fun on the Norwegian Breakaway sailing from New York to Bermuda on June 1-8, 2014!
Here is just a little of the fun you can expect indoors on the ship with live comedy from The Ryan and Amy Show!!

Outdoors and off the ship, join us for our amazing group excursion in Bermuda aboard the Rising Son II, full of sailing, snorkeling, beach walking, and rum swizzles.

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How about outdoors and on the ship? Enjoy our exclusive cocktail party celebrating our lesbian pioneers out on the Spice H20 outdoor lounge on the back deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty. That and all of our cocktail parties will allow you to meet  folks from around the world.
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 If that’s not enough fun for you, try hanging out with Geisha, our cruise associate, on the rope course.
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You might just end up walking the plank!
Don’t miss out on the fun! Join us now… by putting a deposit down on 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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Toast Our History at an Exclusive Cocktail Party Celebrating Lesbian Pioneers

Join us in the Spice H2O Lounge on The Norwegian Breakaway as we pass the Statue of Liberty and raise our glasses to the many lesbian pioneers who were instrumental in creating the advances in LGBT rights that so many of us enjoy today.

SpiceH20Night-640pxPride of the Ocean is about much more than the films we show. Pride of the Ocean is about the ideas, people, events, and transformations that you’ll experience as part of our cruise. Here are some of the women that you’ll see being celebrated on our 45th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014. Click here to learn more about this cruise.

“I’d been working it, looking for ways to die without active suicide, passive suicide–the solution of the working class–liquor and fast cars and brutal women.”

Dorothy Allison

writer, poet, novelist

    is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her writing includes themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism. Allison’s first novel, the semi-autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award.
    “He wanted a gay and lesbian youth prom. And it was like guys and guys, and girls and girls.”

    Coya White Hat-Artichoker

    author, activist

      is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been working doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She is a founding member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective; they are a Collective working to building a stronger political presence for Two Spirit people.
      “sitting at that table, being shredded by these horrific members of Congress that were throwing me like red meat to the right wing, it made me want to get married.”

      Elizabeth Birch

      attorney

        is an American attorney and former corporate executive who chaired the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1992-1994. She served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT organization, from January 1995 until January 2004.

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        Group Shore Excursion Announced for Bermuda Cruise

        On Pride of the Ocean’s Pride Cruise June 1-8, 2014
        The view from the deck of the Rising Son II

        The view from the deck of the Rising Son II

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        Thumbs up from Captain Josh of the Rising Son II

        Our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch, with the crew of the Rising Son II

        Cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch, with the crew of the Rising Son II

         

        Join us as we board the Rising Son II for Bermuda’s ultimate sailing experience.

        You can sunbathe on the roomy hammocks or relax in the comfort of the interior cabin with its full amenities. Sip complimentary beverages with your newfound friends as you cruise by the old remains of Bermuda fortifications. Chat with the crew about Bermuda’s past and present as you cruise toward beautiful and secluded swim sites.

        The Rising Son II will anchor in shallow water, where you may choose to swim up to the nearby beach, kayak or kick around with the crew’s snorkel gear. Immerse yourself in crystal clear waters under the watchful eye of your instructors and explore the great expanses of pristine reef.

        After 1 1/2 hours of playtime, you’ll be welcomed back aboard for unlimited complimentary Rum Swizzles. Let the island music get you into the vacation spirit as you head out for another hour of true catamaran sailing. Bring sunscreen, a towel and your sense of adventure.

        After booking your cabin on Pride of the Ocean, our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch will contact you to ask if you’d like to be part of this exciting group excursion. For the many of you who have already booked your cabin with us and would like to contact Geisha directly, she can be reached at (866) 432-0050 (toll-free), or email Geisha with questions at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

        Click here for more information about our Bermuda cruise.

         
         

        Rum Swizzles Anyone?

        Rum Swizzles Anyone?

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        Make Memories with Women on a Roll

        Aboard Pride of the Ocean’s Pride Cruise From New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014

        Click the image above to watch Women on a Roll on our Pride of the Ocean cruises.

        Click here to visit the Women on a Roll website and learn about a special discount.

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