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Wish Pride of the Ocean’s Programming Director a Happy Birthday!

Help bring LGBT history to light with a small donation to the Before Homosexuals documentary film educational campaign (or even just follow the campaign), and say, “Happy Birthday John Scagliotti!”

Did you know that today is John Scagliotti’s birthday? Won’t you wish him a happy birthday with a small donation to his film’s  educational campaign, helping us to rewrite the history books by bringing 4,000 years of LGBT history into colleges and universities around the country and around the world?

We have many exciting and unique awards to choose from, many making fine holiday gifts, while sending the message that hate has no home here.

Happy Birthday John!

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Happy Birthday to Pride of the Ocean’s Programming Director!

Help bring LGBT history to light with a small donation to the Before Homosexuals documentary film educational campaign (or even just follow the campaign), and say, “Happy Birthday John Scagliotti!”

Did you know that today is John Scagliotti’s birthday? Won’t you wish him a happy birthday with a small donation to his film’s  educational campaign, helping us to rewrite the history books by bringing 4,000 years of LGBT history into colleges and universities around the country and around the world?

We have many exciting and unique awards to choose from, many making fine holiday gifts, while sending the message that hate has no home here.

Happy Birthday John!

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Pride of the Ocean Making History with 2 Benefit Film Screenings

THE 1ST AT SAN FRANCISCO’S HISTORIC ROXIE THEATER

On November 11, 2017, join director John Scagliotti, at the historic Roxie Theater in San Francisco, the oldest continuously operated cinema in the United States, for a screening of his latest film, Before Homosexuals, which will be benefitting the GLBT Historical Society, which will be one of the archival institutions on Pride of the Ocean’s special Saving History cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale. Click here or on the button below to learn more about the screening.

Before Homosexuals” is dedicated to the late Dr. Louis Crompton, whose pioneering work in bringing GLBT history into colleges and universities has helped to bring our culture out of the shadows. Crompton’s book “Homosexuality and Civilization” is a powerful record of gay, lesbian, and transgender histories from around the world.

Joining John will be Pat TetreaultFounding Director of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center & Assistant Director in Student Involvement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Close friend and colleague to the late Dr. Louis Crompton, Pat worked closely with both Louis Crompton and Luis Diaz-Perdomo to improve policies, procedures, and the climate at UNL. She also administers the Drs. Crompton & Luis Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship fund, which is awarded on an annual basis to a student at UNL.

The 32-year-old GLBT Historical Society maintains one of the largest collections of LGBTQ historical material in the world, including approximately 1,000 hours of film and video1,000 hours of recorded sound, and more than 500 oral histories. The society also sponsors San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. This event will support the society’s video and film assets, including its oral history and digitizing projects.

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THE 2ND AT FORT LAUDERDALE’S HISTORIC GATEWAY THEATER

On December 2, 2017, join director John Scagliotti, at the historic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, continuously operated since 1951, for a screening of his latest film, Before Homosexuals, which will be benefitting the Stonewall Museum, which will be one of the archival institutions on Pride of the Ocean’s special Saving Historycruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale. Click here or on the button below to learn more about the screening.

The Stonewall National Museum & Archives promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American society.

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Thanks for joining! Festival Director for Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival Joins

TRANSGENDER THEMES IN MEDIA

Join Sam BerlinerFestival Director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival as well as director of previous Pride of the Ocean shorts GENDERBUSTERSDATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE, and FLOAT, as we dive into the past and contextualize what that means for the present on our special Saving History cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seasfrom February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.


This type of coverage brings much needed attention to transgender communities but it is only the beginning. Once one learns about trans people’s existence, it is imperative to learn about our history as well as our current struggles around discrimination, staggering rates of violence and suicide, and most especially the awful challenges facing transgender women of color. So let’s go back and get some context for the recent boom, shall we?

 Transgender themes in media have been in the spotlight for the past five or so years. We’ve all seen the Times Magazine cover of Laverne Cox with the “Transgender Tipping Point,” the 20/20 exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner, Janet Mock’s book Redefining Realness, the big to-do around Cher’s son Chaz Bono and his transition, the TV show about trans teen Jazz Jennings, the talk about Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt’s trans son Shiloh or Will Smith’s gender-fluid son Jaden, the huge uproar over bathroom billsand trans folks’ right to serve in the military.

Trans folks have been around for a very long time and these short films and feature excerpts are doing the important work of reviving the archives and digging into the past to continue to bring these hirstories to the present and future generations.

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Saving History 2018 Cruise Now on Sale

Saving History: LGBT Archives, Filmmakers, and their Public Working Together

Join us for this special cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.
Our programming includes:
Archival reps from San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, University of Southern California’s ONE Institute, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives, & UCLA’s Legacy Special Collection of the In The Life television series, who will all show you some of the treasures they have in their vaults. The cruise will kick off with the world premiere of the short film, “We Started with an Old Shoebox”, a world tour of LGBT archives and historians saving our history.
Filmmakers on board will be presenting some of the most significant archival based films ever produced, including Stu Maddux‘s REEL IN THE CLOSET.
Producers Greta SchillerRobert Rosenberg, & John Scagliotti presenting the remastered classic film BEFORE STONEWALL in time to celebrate the 50th anniversaryof the Stonewall riots. BEFORE STONEWALL won an Emmy Award in 1987 for its pioneering archival work. 

 

 

Sam Berliner, the director of Seattle’s Translations Transgender Film Festival, will curate a collection of transgender themed short films that will make use of newly discovered archival material.

In addition to these important screenings, there will be panelists exploring how LGBT archivesfilmmakers, and the public have been working to save LGBT history and to make that history available for film and television.
Join us for this important cruise and be a part of saving LGBT history, while enjoying opening and closing cocktail parties with these many wonderful archivists and filmmakers, as well as group dinners where you can learn more about how you can be a part of the saving history project. For each cabin booked, we will be donating $100 to the invited non-profit of your choice. Details below.

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Saving History 2018 Cruise

Saving History: LGBT Archives, Filmmakers, and their Public Working Together

Join us for this special cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.
Our programming includes:
Archival reps from San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, University of Southern California’s ONE Institute, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives, & UCLA’s Legacy Special Collection of the In The Life television series, who will all show you some of the treasures they have in their vaults. The cruise will kick off with the world premiere of the short film, “We Started with an Old Shoebox”, a world tour of LGBT archives and historians saving our history.
Filmmakers on board will be presenting some of the most significant archival based films ever produced, including Stu Maddux‘s REEL IN THE CLOSET.
Producers Greta SchillerRobert Rosenberg, & John Scagliotti presenting the remastered classic film BEFORE STONEWALL in time to celebrate the 50th anniversaryof the Stonewall riots. BEFORE STONEWALL won an Emmy Award in 1987 for its pioneering archival work. 
Sam Berliner, the director of Seattle’s Translations Transgender Film Festival, will curate a collection of transgender themed short films that will make use of newly discovered archival material.
In addition to these important screenings, there will be panelists exploring how LGBT archivesfilmmakers, and the public have been working to save LGBT history and to make that history available for film and television.
Join us for this important cruise and be a part of saving LGBT history, while enjoying opening and closing cocktail parties with these many wonderful archivists and filmmakers, as well as group dinners where you can learn more about how you can be a part of the saving history project. For each cabin booked, we will be donating $100 to the invited non-profit of your choice. Details below.

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After the Inauguration, Time to Reinvent the Wheel and the Reel

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Michael Gorlick brought his first film, COMING OUT: A REVOLUTIONARY ACT, to Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Bermuda cruise. Also on that cruise was fellow Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, Casper Andreas, who was screening his film, A LAST FAREWELL.

Not the first and hopefully not the last time a film has emerged from two people meeting for the first time on Pride of the Ocean, Michael and Casper went on to collaborate on Michael’s next film, REINVENTING THE REEL, in which Casper appears. The film went on to screen at The Cannes Film Festival, where Casper (left) and Michael (right), are shown in the above photograph.

According to the Contact Hypothesis Theory, the more times a viewer sees/interacts with a minority in film (preferably in varied depictions), the less prejudice they will have towards that group. In light of the election, impending inauguration and legislation, it is more important than ever to embrace this theory.

 

REINVENTING THE REEL is a documentary short about contemporary independent film-makers’ attempts to change the portrayal of LGBT characters in film. The film begins with a historical perspective of the big-studio Hollywood treatment of LGBT characters, shows how that portrayal has changed, and why it is important that it continues to change. The documentary follows the journey of Casper Andreas, an American independent film-maker, as he directs and produces KISS ME, KILL ME a murder-mystery feature film about a group of characters in West Hollywood who happen to identify as LGBT.

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Click here or on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet Michael on our Eastern Caribbean cruise.

 

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Invitation to Meet Author Carl Strehlke in Florence to Announce Raffle Winners

 

 

Have lunch in Florence with Author Carl Strehlke 

 
Carl Strehlke & John Scagliotti Touring Florence
Carl Strehlke & John Scagliotti Touring Florence

 

The Doni Tondo by Michelangelo

The Doni Tondo by Michelangelo

 

 

Following Pride of the Ocean’s guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where we will be viewing The Doni Tondo (right), believed to be the only existing panel picture Michelangelo painted without the aid of assistants, we will be joined by Carl Strehlke, author of the book, “The Bernard and Mary Berenson Collection of European Paintings at I Tatti”

 

The Bernard and Mary Berenson Collection of European Paintings at I Tatti

 

 

Carl will be autographing a copy of his book, a survey of the 149 paintings collected by the Berensons prior to their donation of the collection and residence as the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. The book will be presented by Carl to a lucky winner previously drawn at a raffle following the Before Homosexuals screening.

Researching Michelangelo's Same Sex Love Sonnets at Casa Buonnaroti

Researching Michelangelo’s Same Sex Love Sonnets at Casa Buonnaroti

Carl Strehlke appears in Before Homosexuals, the upcoming documentary film about gay and lesbian history from 2000 BC until 1900 AD, which will be screened on Pride of the Ocean as a work in progress sneak peek screening.

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Michelangelo same-sex love sonnet

 

 

 

 

 

Carl is alongside the film’s director, John Scagliotti (above), as they research the love sonnets, madrigals, and quatrains (right) that Michelangelo wrote to his male lover Tommaso dei Cavalieri, and which were concealed for 200 years by Michelangelo’s nephew, who changed the gender pronouns in the poetry to female. This is but one of the fascinating stories told in the film.
Click to Learn More About BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS (http://www.beforehomosexuals.com)

 

 

 

 

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Sample Antipasto in Rome with Sam Berliner

 

Divers from FLOAT film
 

Celebrate gender diversity with Sam Berliner’s FLOAT, an experimental short film shot completely underwater of trans and genderqueer folks swimming to music by trans musician Rae Spoon. It has been called “stunningly celebratory” (Frameline) “exuberant,” “beautiful,” “peaceful,” and “abstracted.”

Film Director Sam Berliner

Sam Berliner is a Bay Area-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender non-conformity. His award-winning short films  have screened at over 100 film festivals around the world. When not actively making films, Sam is the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

Cinematographer Avery Hudson
Cinematographer Avery Hudson

OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY

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Time flies when you’re having fun! Can you believe that our 10th anniversary cruise is just next year in 2017? To celebrate, we’re planning an exotic tropical cruise with our newest cruise partner, Royal Caribbean, aboard their ship Freedom of the Seas.

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We had such a wonderful timecruising the Western Caribbeanlast year, that we will be visiting the Eastern Caribbean this time around, including ports of call in St. KittsSt. MaartenPuerto Rico, and Labadee.

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ROME

Endless adventures await in Rome. With two and a half thousand years of historyartand culture, it is no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet.

Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican or walk into the past with visits to ancient relicshistoric monuments and legendary museums. Or people-watch while sipping  an espresso in a quaint cafe.

The leitmotif of Roman cuisine is simplicity, with dishes based on few and fresh ingredients, best embodied by sitting in a piazza sampling antipasto al fresco while watching the people stroll by. After dinner in Rome, only one food is excepted from the no eating while walking rule: gelato.

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Supreme Court: Will Gay Marriage Be Back on the Docket?

Have Lunch on the Island of Capri with New York Times Videographer Samantha Stark

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Samantha Stark
On the next Pride of the Ocean we go behind the scenes of the latest Supreme Court decision with New York Times Videographer  Samantha Stark’s intriguing personal portrait of the clients that were the real people behind the big news.Samantha Stark has been a staff video journalist at The New York Times for the past three years. Specializing in stories about unique characters and human relationships, her work has taken her to: the Mobile, AL marriage bureau, a fast-food worker picket line, a training for would-be beauty queens and an 87-year-old’s first time on the red carpet. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on a project documenting LGBT teenagers and has taught video storytelling at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. On the next Pride of the Ocean we go behind the scenes of the last court decision with New York Times Video reporter Samantha Stark’s intriguing personal portrait of the clients that were the real people behind the big news.

THE REAL PEOPLE BEHIND THE SUPREME COURT RULINGS

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Jim Obergefell in front of the Supreme Court Building
It’s easy to forget that there are real people behind Supreme Court rulings. When the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage across the nation, a shy widower named Jim Obergefell was thrust into the media spotlight as the lead plaintiff in the case. But his win was bittersweet — he had been fighting to list his name as ‘surviving spouse’ on his husband’s death certificate.Samantha Stark’s film, A LEGACY OF DEVOTION is the big love story behind one of the biggest Supreme Court cases in history — told with great intimacy from the perspectives of Mr. Obergefell, his deceased husband’s aunt, their funeral director, and the local civil rights lawyer who asked to represent them.
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Jim Obergefell (right) and John Arthur returning from their wedding
As the presidential campaign heats up in 2016, we are still grappling with a Supreme Court case that said yes to Gay Marriage in the US by only one vote.  It has been said that the next President could have as many as three new court appointments and a number of candidates have weighed in on how they see the issue of Gay Marriage and how that appointment is part of the mix when it comes to the future of Gay Marriage.  In other words that historic decision could easily be overturned.Join these movers and shakers and be a part of the big ideas and discussions taking place in our floating salon.  Who knows? Your ideas might spark a story for a future film coming to your local theater soon.

CAPRI

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Natural arch in the Faraglioni di Capri – Italy
The Island of Capri is one of the most picturesque and visited locations in Italy.A day trip by ferry from Naples, Capri is an island in Italy’s Gulf of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscapeupscale beach resortsand high-end shops selling handmade leather sandals and signature limoncello liqueur. One of its best-known natural sites is the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.
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MAKE FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

In his New York Times article below, author George Gustinesalludes to the fact that travel to exotic destinations is only made better by making friends along the way. 
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During our past 8 cruisestraveling in the good company of Pride of the Ocean’s fellow passengers has not only engendered enduring friendships, both personal and professional, but has even resulted in several long-term romantic relationships along the way.
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“The true delight of the trip was not the quality of the festival itself (the richness of Web content being developed was especially amazing) but the friends we made.”George GustinesThe New York Times
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“This is not just a cruise to Alaska. It’s a gay group cruise to Glacier Bay, and a great way to mix and mingle with other LGBT film lovers who may have missed the winning films and documentaries at local festivals around the country.”Anthony SchillaciExaminer.com
We hope you’ll consider joining the smart and engaging people like you who have been coming to Pride of the Ocean since 2009 for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise together with  much more than a film festival. Past passengers have included everyone from cruise aficionados, to film enthusiasts, to people who simply like to travel.Warmly,Everyone at Pride of the Ocean
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