Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

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Summer 2000


The impetus behind this project stems from an incident in February 1998 when several "gay" cruises originating from Europe and the U.S. were refused docking privileges in various parts of the Caribbean, invoking responses from British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. officials, both insisting on the egregious violation of human rights. The on-going dilemma over the docking of gay cruise ships led me to ask questions about the constructions of community created through and against such encounters and the production of a global gay identity that is contested by postcolonial situations. Ironically, the U.S. and British states advocate protection for the cruise ships in the Caribbean while granting no such absolute rights when those very cruisegoers return home.


This article was originally published in CLAGSNews, vol. 10, no. 2.



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