HEROIC LGBT ART IN FLORENCE

Emperor Hadrian and his slain lover Antinous, Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Emperor Hadrian and his slain lover Antinous, Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Depictions of two of the most famous same sex love stories can be found in Florence, on the Piazza della Signoria.

Antinous is described as “the one person who seems to have connected most profoundly with Hadrian” throughout the latter’s life. There is no reliable evidence that Hadrian ever expressed a sexual attraction for women, in contrast to much reliable early evidence that he was sexually attracted to boys and young men.Emperor Hadrian was devastated by the death of his lover Antinous. In Egypt, the local priesthood immediately deified Antinous by identifying him with Osiris due to the manner of his death.

Statue of David by Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Statue of David by Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria, Florence

 

 

 

 

“The way that Hadrian took Antinous on his travels, kept close to him at moments of spiritual, moral or physical exaltation, and, after his death, surrounded himself with his images, shows an obsessive craving for his presence, a mystical-religious need for his company.”
-Royston Lambert

 

“He is David not only the killer of Goliath but David the lover of Jonathan. David, who says when Jonathan dies, ‘Your love to me was more beautiful than that of women.'”

– James Saslow

 

 

 

 

 

 

In modern times, some scholars, writers, and activists have emphasized what they interpret as elements of homoeroticism (chaste or otherwise) in the story. A number of groups made up of gay Roman Catholics trying to reconcile their faith with their sexuality have also adopted the name to their cause.ClickToLearnMoreButton

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Celebrating Women Directors

The world premiere of Andrea Meyerson’s film, Letter to Anita took place on Pride of the Ocean’s 5th Anniversary cruise from New York to Bermuda. The film went on to play numerous film festivals, winning Jury Awards and Audience Awards, but Pride of the Ocean passengers got to see it first.
Question & Answer session with “Letter to Anita” subject Ronni Sanlo and Director Andrea Meyerson following the world premiere screening on Pride of the Ocean
Pride of the Ocean’s 9th Anniversary cruise, from Barcelona to the Western Mediterranean, promises to be no exception, with what is promising to be the first screening of the final theatrical version of the film Clambake, Reflecting on the 30-Year History of Women’s Week in Provincetown. The pre-release version of Clambake has already screened and won Audience Awards at several festivals. Stay tuned for announcements of additional  screenings and premieres on our upcoming cruise.
Andrea joins a distinguished group of women directors who have charted the course of their films on Pride of the Ocean as they have screened their films as works in progress and held workshops to chart the path to the final cut of their finished films, which have gone on to screen on HBO, PBS’s Independent LensFramelineOutFest, and numerous other festivals, but we got to see it first, on Pride of the Ocean.

Yoruba Richen, Director of the film THE NEW BLACK at a Pride of the Ocean press conference

Cheryl Furjanic, Director of “Back on Board: Greg Louganis” at a Pride of the Ocean screening

Nancy Kates, director of the film Regarding Susan Sontag, treated passengers to a sneak peek of the work-in-progress film on Pride of the Ocean before it’s premiere on HBO.Nancy is perhaps best known for her film She is perhaps best known for her film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, the documentary about the gay civil rights leader, for which she won the GLAAD Media Award.

 

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Visit Our LGBT Ancestors in Rome

Rome from the Capitoline Museum

One of the treasures of Rome, often overshadowed by the more famous sites in Rome, such as The Coliseum and The Vatican, is The Capitoline Museum, which houses some of the most exquisite ancient Roman marble sculptures, several of which may be of interest to the LGBT community.At the Capitoline Museum, is the Head of Harmodius. Aristogeiton & Harmodius  became famous as Lovers and Slayers of Tyrants.

Double Portrait of Epicurus and Metrodorus (c. 250 AD) Capitoline Museum, Rome

Psyche alata, 2nd century AD, Capitoline Museums, Rome

 While we can only speculate, it is known that Metrodorus was the most prominent disciple of Epicurus, with whom he shared an intimate friendship, and was rarely separated from him. After their deaths, a national holiday was created in their honor.A mythical creature that can be seen in many ancient cultures around the world is that of the fairy. Ancient Roman art has many depictions of fairy-like creatures, perhaps the most well known being that of Psyche, a human woman with butterfly wings.

Bust of Antinous (117-138 CE) Capitoline Museum, Rome

Antinous was a Greek youth and a favorite, or lover, of the Roman emperor Hadrian. He was deified after his death, being worshiped in both the Greek East and Latin West, sometimes as a god (theos) and sometimes merely as a deified mortal (heros).

Following his death, Hadrian deified Antinous and founded an organised cult devoted to his worship that spread throughout the Empire. Hadrian founded the city of Antinopolis close to Antinous’s place of death, which became a cultic centre for the worship of Osiris-Antinous. Hadrian also founded games in commemoration of Antinous to take place in both Antinopolis and Athens, with Antinous becoming a symbol of Hadrian’s dreams.

Antinous became associated with homosexuality in Western culture, appearing in the work of Oscar Wilde and the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.

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See ancient LGBT works of art in Italy

John Scagliotti admiring a fresco of the bisexual poetess Sappho, rescued from Pompeii, hanging in in the Naples National Archaeological Museum

John Scagliotti admiring a fresco of the bisexual poetess Sappho, rescued from Pompeii, hanging in in the Naples National Archaeological Museum

Discover the missing pieces of the puzzle when you see the treasures housed at the Naples National Archeological Museum, visit Pompeii’s ruins, and learn of its history. Experience the “original pizza” in the city that boasts the world’s first pizzeria, dating back to 1830, and see the sites of Naples.

The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii

The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii

Travel along the coast with magnificent views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius as a backdrop. This still active volcano buried Pompeii in 79 A.D.

Fresco of Sappho

Fresco of Sappho

Statues of Aristogeiton and Harmodius, "Lovers and Slayers of Tyrants" in the National Archeological Museum of Naples.

Statues of Aristogeiton and Harmodius, “Lovers and Slayers of Tyrants” in the National Archeological Museum of Naples.

The lovers Harmodius and Aristogeiton became
known as the Tyrannicides after they killed the Peisistratid tyrant Hipparchus. They were Athenian heroes whose act of daring in 514 BC opened the way for Athenian democracy.

Mosaic of Plato's Symposium

Mosaic of Plato’s Symposiu

 

At the ruins of Pompeii, you’ll discover the archeological excavations of a lost city buried deep beneath the ash from Mt. Vesuvius. Highlights include stunning frescoes and elaborately detailed

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Best of Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

In his New York Times article , 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®

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

During our past 8 cruises, traveling 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

Pride of the Ocean’s 9th cruise, our first to Europe, promises to be no exception, but don’t take our word for it; the photographs of our 2015 Alaska cruise speak for themselves.

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Ketchikan

Ketchikan

Not only did we all become fast friends, but several of those friendships are deepening and continuing long after our return to Seattle from the awe inspiring sights of Alaska and British Columbia, including but not limited to, Tracy Arm Fjord, Butchart Gardens, Victoria, and our exclusive group excursion aboard the White Pass & Yukon Railroad from Skagway to the Yukon territory.

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La Dolce Vita

Join our cruise associate Geisha Cumberbatch as she gives you a taste of what’s to come on Pride of the Ocean’s 2016 Western Mediterranean cruise, departing from Barcelona and visiting the Italian cities of Naples, Florence, and Rome.

Standing in front of the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma in Mallorca, Spain, Geisha shows us some of the highlights of Pride of the Ocean’s 2016 tour of Spain, Italy, and France.

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Geisha in Pisa

 
 
 
 

Standing in front of the world renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa, Geisha says, “Do the Math! Enjoy this tower while it lasts, but with staterooms on this 7-day, 7-night European cruise starting at $954 per person double occupancy, enjoy that opportunity while it lasts, because it is a deal!”

 

Geisha Cumberbatch would be happy to guide you if you give her a call at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha with questions at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com. Please click here or on the button below to learn more about the itinerary, excursions, and activities planned for Pride of the Ocean.
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Be The First…

LetterToAnitaScreeningDear Friends, AndreaAs many of you may already know, our dear friend Andrea Meyerson is currently in post production on her latest documentary, CLAMBAKE. Andrea screened a work in progress unfinished rough cut of CLAMBAKE on Pride of the Ocean’s Western Caribbean Cruise this past March. The film offers an insightful, exciting, and humorous look into the 30-year history of Women’s Week in Provincetown, one of the largest lesbian destinations in the world. We have just found out that the film has been accepted into the prestigious Provincetown International Film Festival where it will have its world premiere! The festival takes place June 17-21, 2015. She is working diligently to complete it by the festival’s deadline, which is quickly approaching. woarheader Can’t make it to Provincetown in June? Would you like to support Andrea and her new film? How about Alaska in August? Andrea has graciously agreed to screen the finished CLAMBAKE film on Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska Cruise in August. Alaska has been Pride of the Ocean’s most popular destination to date, with many of Andrea’s WOMEN ON A ROLL members supporting her on the cruise. Andrea will also be joined by comedian Jennie McNulty, who not only appears in the film, but who will be giving an exclusive performance for Pride of the Ocean. As Andrea agrees, this is a tough road — making documentaries about our LGBTQ history and culture, but we feel it’s extremely important to document, preserve and share our important journey. It’s a blessing and a curse — but someone has to do it to ensure our rich LGBT history does not get lost or forgotten, and that generations to come will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the individuals and events that paved the way for them. Please click here or on the button below to learn more about Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska cruise.   Button

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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

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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 Schillaci

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And The Award Goes To…

Winners of Meet Me On Board’s 3rd annual CRUIZIE Awards

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Best Large Ship Cruise Line for LGBT Passengers:

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Please click here or on the button below to learn more about the itineraryexcursions, and activities planned for August 7-14, 2015 when Pride of the Ocean sets sail from Seattle to Alaska aboard The Celebrity Solstice®. There are several significant discounts currently available on our pricing page, or our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch would be happy to guide you if you give her a call at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha with questions at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

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Reaching Across the Gender Aisle

Alaska Festival Cruise Lineup Announced

What sets Pride of the Ocean apart from the all-male and all-female cruise ships? Pride of the Ocean is the only cruise where our gaylesbiantransgender and straight ally brothers and sisters can spend time together, enjoying  each other’s good company while sharing exciting destinations and inspired films that celebrate the masculinefeminine and full spectrum of gender expression between them.

Celebrating diversity of all shapes and sizes, below is  a partial selection of films for Pride of the Ocean’s Seattle to Alaska cruise on August 1-14, 2015. Please consider joining us, not only to see the films, but to meet, socialize and make new friendswhile experiencing the majesty of the Alaskan wilderness.

The true delight of the trip was… the friends we made on the cruise.
– George Gustines, The New York Times

 

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charlie is the story of a young man who suddenly can’t speak after leaving his abusive past behind him. Alone on Christmas EveCharlie stumbles upon a loving environment where perfect strangers accept him as one of their own. Starring Shawn Ryan(Bones), Jim O’ Heir (Parks and Recreation), Mo Collins (MADtv), and Golden Globe Nominee Andrea Marcovicci.

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Clambake

30 Years of Women’s Week in Provincetown

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Following the world premiere of her film Letter to Anita on Pride of the Ocean in 2014, Andrea Meyerson returns with an exclusive sneak peek of her unfinished work in progressClambake, which introduces us to the many funny ladies, such as comedians Kate ClintonSuzanne WestenhoeferVickie Shaw and the local Provincetown businesswomen who helped to create Women’s Week, the success of which paved the way for the numerous other summer festivals for which Provincetown is now famous.

Trans Lives Matter!

Justice for Islan Nettles

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Filmmaker Seyi Adebanjo tells the story of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, a murdered transgender Womyn of Color. During the vigil, her naturelifelove and oppression within the Queer community suddenly and sharply come into (more…)

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LGBT Life Sciences Seminar

Coming To Pride of the Ocean

Totem_100px_dsDNA_100px_ds3Dean Hamer is an American geneticist, author, and filmmaker. He is best known for his research on the genetics of human behavior, especially sexual orientation, and his critically acclaimed books and documentaries, such as his book The Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior written over 20 years ago.

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Entitled Nature versus Nurture, Pride of the Ocean will be hosting Dean’s talk aboard the Celebrity Solstice® as we cruise up Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, surrounded by the spectacular glaciers, mountains, and fjords of the Inuit, indigenous people of Alaska.

Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer on Pride of the Ocean (photo: Kelly Burkhardt)

Passionate to address complex scientific and social issues that are often overlooked by the mainstream media, Dean turned to documentary filmmaking with his partner, Joe Wilson. Their first feature film was the critically acclaimed, Out in the Silence in 2005, and their current feature film about the indigenous people and customs of Hawaii, Kumu Hina, is screening all over the world, including on Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Hawaiian Islands Cruise, where Dean screened the film with Joe (both pictured above. Photo credit: Kelly Burkhardt).

Dean will also be screening some rarely seen earlier work that he and Joe produced together, as well as discussing his journey from the world of genetics to the world of filmmaking, and what he finds rewarding about both. You won’t want to miss Dean’s inspiring talks, as well as the inspiring vistas of the Alaskan wilderness from the comfort of the Celebrity Solstice®.

Please click here or on the button below to learn more about the itinerary, excursions, and activities planned for August 7-14, 2015 when Pride of the Ocean sets sail from Seattle to Alaska. There are several significant discounts currently available on our pricing page, or our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch would be happy to guide you if you give her a call at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha with questions at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.
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