Skip to comments.Gay cruises draw protests in Caribbean
Posted on 11/11/2006 7:00:03 AM PST by BenLurkin
ROSEAU, Dominica - Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Thursday he will meet with evangelicals in Dominica seeking restrictions on gay cruises, which have drawn some protests elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Dominica has no restrictions on the tours, but Skerrit told The Associated Press that he will meet soon with the Evangelical Association to outline the government's position on gay cruises stopping in the island.
"I will make a statement on the issue after my meeting with the members of the Evangelical Association," he said.
Bill Daniel, the group's president, said Skerrit had not contacted him to schedule a meeting which the association had demanded.
"We want the government to ensure that gay tourists do not come to the island and conduct themselves in any immoral way," he said, adding that he did not want Dominica portrayed "as a gay tourist destination."
Dominica, a lush island of mountains and waterfalls that bills itself as the "Nature island of the Caribbean" and is where parts of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies were filmed, relies heavily on tourism revenue, as do many other countries in the region.
One of the poorest countries in the Caribbean, Dominica attracted 250,230 tourists over the first six months of the year an increase of roughly 50,000 from the same period last year, according to the Trade Ministry.
Tourism officials have sought an increase in cruise calls to boost tourism to Dominica and they have tried to distance themselves from the evangelicals position.
"We don't have any problem with gay cruises coming to Dominica," said Francisco Esprit, a board member of the Dominica Taxi Association. "We see it as part of the business and we are yet to receive any negative comments from our members about gay tourism."
At least one gay cruise has stopped in Dominica.
No stops by gay cruises are scheduled to stop in the island through early next year, said Peter George, head of Shipping at H.H.V. Whitchurch and Co., the agent for cruise ships stopping in Dominica.
Despite their image as a sun-and-surf playground, many Caribbean islands remain socially conservative.
Protesters held a small demonstration against a gay cruise stopping in February in the Cayman Islands, which refused in 1998 to allow a gay cruise to dock. The British territory adopted a nondiscrimination policy in 2001 that bars it from blocking gay cruises.
A cruise ship carrying lesbians that docked in the Bahamas was met by protesters in 1998.
The White Swallow
Here's a secret...if you're not gay, you probably don't know about it. There.
I wonder on which side of the ship was the lapping the loudist.
We will be boarding in the REAR of the ship.
Gay cruises are a health hazard. They could bring the scourge of Aids ot a new level in the islands.
I suppose "going below" is too easy?
Does the "Love Butt" have port holes on the aft side?
That meeting may be brief, considering how many members might actually be ON the cruise...
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Good question. I took a friend to the Shoreham Hotel once. We walked in the lobby and there were 2,000 leather clad gay bikers. Wowser!
Many of them were wearing black leather gladiator type outfits with various accoutrements hanging from them. There were also leather clad cat ladies and lots of revealing chaps.
What was most interesting about them was that they weren't in really good shape. Many were obese and very unlike the very good looking, very buff gays you'd see in NY or P'town. Their bikes, all parked outside, were georgeous.
Imagine some young midwestern couple on their honeymoon walking in there.
That happened to us at the Palmer House in Chicago. Mrs. IJ even posed for some pics with the guys. That was ten years ago and we still laugh ourselves silly.
Well, admittedly it'd be a damned good sign.
...of *things* to come.
I would not even want to stay in one of the cabins....a week later.....
half mast...sheeps knot...I don't even want to go there
.........how does one avoid accidentally booking a gay cruise..............
And, importantly, how does one avoid booking the next cruise after the gays have departed, but before the bedspreads have been cleaned??
We got to know several of the staff members and they told us that one of these backward cruises was scheduled for their ship in the next few weeks. They didn't sound very happy about it, but their isn't much they can do.
Think about the poor cabin crews who have to clean the cabins daily. I sure hope the tip masters give really good financial tips.
Where we separate the Men from the Boys...
With a CROWBAR!
Gives a whole new meaning to "the mess".
"Consider this -- you might book an ordinary cruise on the same ship"
- Consider this - you might book a gay cruise by accident but if so and the captain announces, "All hands on deck" - just make sure you've got your back to the wall before you obey.
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NO KIDDING... I thought the whole world was full of queers... Or at least it is what the 2% homosexuals and the MSM wants us to believe.
I know people from other countries, like in Africa, who do not mind their goverment handle these freaks is a very harsh way.
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