Is the Changing Cultural Zeitgeist Affecting Gender Identity Politics?

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Debra A. Wilson made her national debut with her award-winning film BUTCH MYSTIQUE, exploring the lives of butch identified black lesbians, and screening in over 30 film festivals worldwide since its premiere in 2004.

BEYOND THE BUTCH MYSTIQUE
is a work-in-progress follow up to that film and which reconnects with 5 individuals from the original film. Two of the then butch identified women now identify as transgender men.

 

The state of gender identity has evolved over the years but not without some conflict between transgender men and butch identified lesbians who feel pressure to identify as men, or assume the transgender label.

 

You can see a sample cut of BEYOND THE BUTCH MYSTIQUE on Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

 

Click 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  Debra on our next cruise.

 

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Fat-Shaming Isn’t Just for Reality Show Hosts and Politicians Anymore

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NO FATS, NO FEMMES is a feature length documentary by Jamal T. Lewis about desire, body image, and sexual racism. The film critically engages the phrase “no fats, no femmes,” which is popularly used on queer social networking & dating sites to describe one’s dating preferences.

 

Jamal T. Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural worker and writer living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia.

 

You can see the short based on the full documentary, which is in production, on Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

 

Click on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can spend time with the amazing Jamal on our next cruise

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“Darling, I want my gay rights now!” And forever.

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“Darling, I want my gay rights now!” the famous 1969 rallying cry by transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, as depicted in the film, AFTER STONEWALL, resonates today as those rights are in danger of being taken away from us in light of recent events.

As society continues to grapple with issues of transgender acceptance and understanding, Mark Saxenmeyer’s film, THE QUEENS takes viewers out of the politics and onto the stage with an exclusive look inside the U.S.’ most prestigious, longest-running female impersonator beauty pageant. THE QUEENS humanizes and demystifies this group of primarily transgender individuals who are often misunderstood; they’re a determined and creative group who recognize the power of showcasing their talent and imagination.

Mark Saxenmeyer, brings his acclaimed film THE QUEENS to Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

Click 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  Mark on our Eastern Caribbean cruise

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Is There a Voice for Marginalized US Citizens, such as the Poor, LGBT and People of Color?

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A former VP of Operations for a global independent film distribution company, Kelly A. Burkhardt has dedicated 13 years of her career distributing award-winning, notable and provocative LGBT films. She brings her most recent film, The Gloria Project to Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

“The Gloria! Project” is a thought-provoking feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of transformative, outspoken civil rights leader and Latina lesbian Gloria Casarez.

A returning Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, Kelly worked with Nathan Adloff as a producer on his film MILES, which he will also be bringing with him on our 10th anniversary cruise

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  Kelly on our Eastern Caribbean cruise

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LGBT History & Rights Vanishing Right Before Your Eyes? Who You Gonna Call?

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Join us as we welcome writer & director Stu Maddux, who will be bringing his new web series QUEER GHOST HUNTERS to Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

Sadly enough, throughout history our LGBTQ community members were incarcerated in jails and prisons, committed to asylums and were employed in theaters and opera houses. So why don’t ghosthunters ever seem to find any queer ghosts?!!

Join us as acclaimed Director Stu Maddux and Stonewall Columbus take you on a haunting and very, very queer adventure!

Why do they do it? Click here or on the image below to watch a featurette that explains it all, then read on to learn how you can meet Stu on our Eastern Caribbean cruise.

Stu is a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits whose many goals include strengthening the queer community by bringing together its different generations.His films include GEN SILENT the widely used documentary about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination, bullying and abuse.His first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed BOB AND JACK’S 52-YEAR ADVENTURE, about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together a half-century later.

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Can a Muslim Girl and a Jewish Pianist Find Friendship Together?

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Join us as we welcome writer, producer, and actor  Ari Rossen, who will be bringing his acclaimed film SOUND/VISIONto Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

Lost in an unfamiliar world, a quiet Muslim girl meets a disillusioned Jewish pianist (played by Rossen), and discovers her musical genius through their unexpected friendship.

At its core, SOUND/VISION tells a story about people struggling with identity and overcoming adversity through the power of music.

Click here or on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then read on to learn how you can meet  Ari  while cruising the Western Caribbean, or skip ahead by visiting our website.

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When he’s not creating, Ari can be found tickling the ivories wherever there is a piano nearby, and shaking a tail feather on pretty much any dance floor, so he’ll be a great friend to have on a cruise ship. Ari currently lives and works in Hell’s Kitchen, a vibrant New York City neighborhood with a storied past and an ever-changing future.

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

 

 

Have lunch in Florence with Author Carl Strehlke 

 
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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”

 

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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.

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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.
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Sample Antipasto in Rome with Sam Berliner

 

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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.

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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.

Click to Learn More About Our 2017 Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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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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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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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Have Dinner in Marseille with Stu Maddux & Reel in the Closet

 

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Stu Maddux is a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits trying to use his powers for good. Sometimes he gets butterflies in his stomach about something that no one is paying attention to and he knows he should document it.

His preceding film, “Gen Silent” is a widely used documentary about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination, bullying and abuse in aging care.

Stu’s first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed “Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure” about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together a half-century later.

Stu Maddux will be screening his latest documentary on Pride of the Ocean’s 2016 European cruise. Click on the button below to learn how you can join him.

Stay tuned to meet our other Pride of the Ocean 2016 filmmakers and films!
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REEL IN THE CLOSET

Stu Maddux’s “Reel In The Closet” is a feature-length documentary that lets us connect with LGBT people from the past through the rare LGBT home movies that they left for us.

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Stu was searching for a way to really understand the people who came before him, not just read about them. He discovered old home movies dating back to the 1930s in closets and attics around the world. There were also recorded news stories and community productions that they left behind.

Stu spent three years making his documentary that he hopes lets you feel how he felt the first time he saw one of these movies.

But a big part of the story for Stu isn’t the few movies that have been saved but all the ones being thrown out- sometimes on purpose. In a decade, most will be destroyed or no longer playable.

We will never get them back.

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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 Gustines alludes to the fact that travel to exotic destinations is only made better by making friends along the way.

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®
During our past 8 cruises, traveling 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.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

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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 Gustines

The New York Times

 

 

 

Examiner4“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 Schillaci

Examiner.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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