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  1. WTF was the cruiseline thinking??Supporting anti-gay countries is criminal.

  2. Why any cruise company would take a gay cruise holiday to a notoriously homophobic country is beyond me!

  3. Message is clear – don’t go to cr@phole countries that hate you. Don’t give them an ounce of benefit from your money. Don’t give them a moment of credibility as a holiday destination.

    And if that means you can’t go to your chosen destination, then the tiniest fiddle in the world plays for you. If you engage in activism by NOT going to Morocco then it will be the easies bit of activism that you ever need consider doing.

    Keep in mind this – the key issues – that Westerners being denied their holiday is hardly a sacrifice. Men and women LIVE with this every day of their life, in secret and in danger. Make it clear that you do not accept this but NOT giving them your bloody money.

    1. David Waite 2 Jul 2012, 4:39pm

      HEAR! HEAR!! Oh! Well Said! If all my fingers and toes were thumbs they’d be pointing up for this comment.

  4. why would it a gay cruise go to a country where it is illegal.

    dont get me wrong, i love Morocco and think its an amazing country. it is not however somewer you go for a gay friendly trip.

  5. just because a country hates gays, does not mean its “criminal” to go.

    your missing out a huge part of the world if you go by this. i know its pretty crap that they hate gay people, but its just somthing you have to accept and deal with.

    1. ” its just somthing you have to accept and deal with.” Like arbitrary raids on the Stonewall club?

    2. I believe other commenters are proposing to “deal with” countries that criminalise same-sex intimacy by boycotting them.

      That seems entirely sensible to me.

      You may disagree. And by all means let’s have a discussion about the morality and efficacy of boycotts, and let’s discuss the specific situation in Morocco.

      But let’s be clear about two things: 1) right now, men and women just like us are suffering terribly around the world because of state-sanctioned anti-LGBT persecution and 2) it is not something that we “have to accept” – it’s something we have to work to change.

    3. NO, i don’t have to accept it – and by boycotting any country where being gay is illegal, including my straight friends, it sends a clear message that if they continue these views, they will lose millions to their economy

      1. i didnt mean deal with it as in its ok to hate gay people.

        i meant it is not a reason not to go, there are people who live in these countries who are not the politicians who make these hate laws.

        by not going because of these laws, you are missing seeing great places, and also most of the money you spend (on food etc) goes to the locals who are not all against gays.

        just because a country has a law to kill gay people, does not mean the whole population agrees.

        1. Wim in Holland 2 Jul 2012, 5:14pm

          People in these countries are so brainwashed, that most of the people agree with these laws.

  6. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2012, 2:35pm

    Absolutely disgraceful.

    Clearly another place in the world to avoid.

  7. vversatile 2 Jul 2012, 2:48pm

    This company has organised a Baltic Cruise for later this month. One of the ports of call is St Petersburg.
    It’ll be interesting to see what happens there given the new law.

    1. An alternative to St Petersburg should be scheduled then, surely?

  8. jonnielondon 2 Jul 2012, 2:49pm

    These theocratic states always put extreme ideas way ahead of how they treat the citizens of that state. Homophobia hurts everyone including straight people. When people come a distant second to ideas, then we have a serious problem!!

    1. Yes indeed, it’s much more than just a “LGBT” issue. It’s a human rights and freedom issue.

  9. RSVP took a ship full of LGBT people to a place where they could be arrested or subjected to official harrassment? I’ll never do business with these lunk-heads. We should not be spending tourist dollars in places where we’re at risk.

  10. Robert Brown 2 Jul 2012, 3:45pm

    Why are members of the LGBT community STILL travelling and spending money in countries that oppress members of the LGBT community, deny them basic rights and would rather see us dead?

    1. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2012, 3:52pm

      I guess because they chose too for other reasons.

    2. Because they are prats.

    3. Because selfish ego-maniacal t0sspot is the default for far too many people.

  11. They obviously don’t want that dirty gay money. Just don’t go again. Other places love our dosh.

  12. None of this stops thousands of gay people visiting Morocco every year. I wouldn’t set foot in the place.

  13. Jesus moran 2 Jul 2012, 4:58pm

    As long as we gays continue bringing our money to this countries they will keep treating us like that , why in did all these guys booked a cruise including a stop in morocco ? Shame on all of you learn from this incident and take your money, Australia, Canada, Israel, and some European countries do your research !!!!

  14. Jens Oh Dear 2 Jul 2012, 5:19pm

    It’s not the ship that’s made a mistake by going to Morocco. Everyone who has left a comment here should know that LGBT people shouldn’t be limited to geographical places. Rather it’s the Moroccan government, which is already one of the most liberal governments in this part of the world, that should be receive more pressure from the international community to eliminate penale code 489.

  15. evolutionisfact 2 Jul 2012, 9:53pm

    So….after turning us away the tourist “official” in Morocco now issues a statement that they want us back?!? Can someone here kindly fill me in just WTF is up with THAT???

  16. I agree with many comment here, why does the LGBT community keep re visiting homophobic countries? Why is Morocco on your LGBT holiday radar? Best to cruise over to the Canary Islands!

  17. I am finding more and more difficult to understand how cavalier travel agents and the cruise line are repeatedly booking cruises that stop at homophoebic ports. This should not be an issue when you are supposedly on a “care-free” cruise. This is happening more and more. These agents need to be held accountable by promising something that is not deliverable. There are plenty of ports that pose no threat to our community. This is just sloppy and someday something bad will happen. Its great to be proud, Im not sure when youre on a gay cruise is the proper time to take on world politics

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