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Gay passengers and crew
« on: Aug 22, 2011, 09:46 PM »
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  I wonder whether, in the early years, gay crew members were able to be open about their sexuality? 

Dare l suggest a topic..."Queens onboard a Queen" .No perhaps not.. But as a very good friend of Dorothy l always had a great time... and that was as a  passenger. I remember being told many, many years ago by a waiter onboard QE2 and her gay side. "QE2 Oh she was named by the Queen, Launched by the Queen and is run by Queens"

 Certainly in my early trips proved a real eye opener in that side of life, and as a passenger you could be quite open, heck some of the crew left no doubts as to just how close a friend of dorothy they were... and if you ever got "invited" to castaways...
Perhaps on that note enough said.. ;)

Then again QE2 always had & still does have a huge loyal gay following. And consider that only recently a well know gay travel agency chartered QM2 and they then sold the berths. 

Take it from little old me, there is nothing quite like a Cunard Queen ;) ;)
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Gay passengers and crew
« Reply #1 on: Aug 22, 2011, 09:56 PM »
Here you are, Myles!  ;D

For the time being, I have moved the topic to Passenger and Enthusiast memories, as this is how you started it, Myles -- but please, crew members, do let us have your views and your memories too.

Myles, I am glad to hear that she was a gay-friendly ship for as long back as you can remember -- that must have been a bit exceptional at the time.

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Re: Gay passengers and crew
« Reply #2 on: Aug 22, 2011, 10:01 PM »
There is a book to be written sometime about gay culture going a looooong way back on the ocean liners, even when it was totally taboo/illegal etc.  The Cunard Queens - all 6 of them - are no exception!
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Offline Stowaway2k

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 23, 2011, 08:56 AM »
There is a book to be written sometime about gay culture going a looooong way back on the ocean liners, even when it was totally taboo/illegal etc.  The Cunard Queens - all 6 of them - are no exception!

That book has been written...
http://www.amazon.ca/Hello-Sailor-hidden-history-life/dp/0582772141

and the Merseyside Maritime Museum even had an exhibit based on the book

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/exhibitions/gaylife/

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For the time being, I have moved the topic to Passenger and Enthusiast memories
or, is that "Passengers and Enthusiastic memories"?    :o   ;)


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Re: Gay passengers and crew
« Reply #4 on: Aug 23, 2011, 09:41 AM »
The QE2 crew had a good share of gays, i had no problem with them as long as you make it clear to them that you werent one.My first cabin mate was gay, he was the best cabin mate i every had.
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Re: Gay passengers and crew
« Reply #5 on: Aug 23, 2011, 09:43 AM »
Just a note, lesbians could to found between the female crew to.But thats another story  ;D

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 25, 2011, 09:26 PM »
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  There is a book to be written sometime about gay culture going a looooong way back on the ocean liners, even when it was totally taboo/illegal etc.  The Cunard Queens - all 6 of them - are no exception! 

Might be cheaper on ebay, l just placed an order..
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

 

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