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Who is Dorothy, and why does this mysterious lady seem to be popular enough to have friends onboard so many cruises today?

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That's because FOD meetings are informal, low-key gatherings for gay and lesbian passengers to meet and Indian sex Derasghi onboard. Here we answer your top questions about these meetups and their mysterious namesake.

Find a Cruise Destination Looking for a friend of dorothy Date Loading At their cores, FOD meetings are get-togethers for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community onboard cruise ships -- along the lines of singles, veterans, knitters and other special-interest meetups.

They allow travelers who identify this way to meet like-minded folks -- great for making new friends who can then join you for dinner, drinks or shore tours throughout the trip. FOD meetings began popping up on some cruise ships' daily programs in the late 's as gay passengers, always a large contingent among cruisers, began to seek Looking for a friend of dorothy more social meetings with their own affinity group.

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And what better venue than a ship-sanctioned meeting to find some new gay friends, enjoy some camaraderie or even find a dorithy partner? These FOD meetings occurred sporadically at first, dependent on the vagaries of the cruise lines' changing policies and the whims of individual cruise directors.

As gays and lesbians gained more acceptance and visibility, these FOD meetings began appearing with more regularity. In fact, some Looking for a friend of dorothy have even instituted official policies to host and publicize these meetings on as many of their ships as possible. Disco music and inebriated men and women swinging from the chandeliers? It's typically a very casual and sedate cocktail party at one of the ship's bars or public rooms, sometimes with complimentary drinks and a member of the ship's social staff or better yet, the cruise director in person on hand to provide social lubrication.

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The time is usually prior to or during cocktail hour. Ideally, the cruise director will offer the FOD meeting early in the cruise and on more than one day, to give everyone who wants to attend more options.

So Who's Dorothy?

The evolution of the term "Friends of Dorothy" reaches back more than half a century. Gay historians say that the term came into popular use in the 's as gays and lesbians developed a special connection with the dorpthy icon Judy Garland, whose ballads of hope and despair and whose relentless spirit and tragic history mirrored their Looking for a friend of dorothy in everyday life.

Garland's most famous role -- as the ever-optimistic and wistful Dorothy in the classic "The Wizard of Off -- gave gays and lesbians a "secret" code word which they could use to refer to themselves.

At cocktail parties or company gatherings Looking for a friend of dorothy one could not be comfortably "out and proud," gays would inquire discreetly of doeothy other, "Are you a 'Friend of Dorothy? Today, the term "Friends of Dorothy" is used mostly by an older generation of gays and lesbians; young gay men and women may never have heard the term.

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We should note that, while the cruise lines have this frjend policy in place, it is possible that a particular cruise may omit the meetings for various reasons, such as scheduling, with no slight intended. Most of these lines now also include the nonambiguous term GLBT in the listing to avoid any confusion.

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While most of these lines have consistently hosted FOD meetings for at least a decade, Holland America is a recent entrant. It used to hold the meetings only upon request, but now it offers one FOD meeting at the start of every cruise and subsequent meetings upon request.

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Not surprisingly, the cruise lines that host regular FOD meetings are known for being very gay-friendly. For example, NCL and Holland America as well as Celebrity and Royal Caribbeansee below have Looking for a friend of dorothy hosted entire-ship charters for the gay and lesbian markets, which means that their officers and crew are probably comfortable with w gay groups and their specific needs.

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The second group of cruise lines consists of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. This Calas de Belfast xxx is one among several other interest group get-togethers such as "Friends of Bill W. Listing the meetings Looking for a friend of dorothy the visible bulletin boards represents an evolution in the FOD policy and is a way to handle increasing requests by diverse interest groups who all want to meet each other onboard large ships.

And since these specific cruise lines have a consistent policy for all Looking for a friend of dorothy groups who want to hold meetups, it does not seem to indicate that the line is marginalizing or discounting its valued gay and lesbian passengers.

From "Friends of Dorothy" (see below) to "Dragzilla" (drag queen) to lipstick lesbian (a feminine looking lesbian), bear (heavy-set hairy gay man), otter (thin. Garland's most famous role -- as the ever-optimistic and wistful Dorothy in the classic "The Wizard of Oz" -- gave gays and lesbians a. During these trips, investigators noticed that many gay men in the area identified themselves as “friends of Dorothy”. The Intelligence Service.

Because of their smaller, more intimate sizes, these cruise lines rarely feel it's necessary to offer FOD meetings or most other special-interest meetings because cruisers are very likely to run into like-minded passengers every day in the restaurants and public spaces. This translates into an atmosphere of class and elegance, with sophisticated passengers who prize discretion.

In general, the well-traveled and well-heeled passengers onboard these cruises lines tend not to bat an eye when it comes to gay couples, who are among the most avid and loyal cruisers today in this upper segment. Much of gay passengers' comfort level aboard a regular cruise can be attributed to the unpredictable makeup fof their fellow passengers; merely offering a Driend meeting does not fot mean that gay passengers will Looking for a friend of dorothy any more Looking for a friend of dorothy than they would on a cruise without a meeting.

The major cruise lines state in their policies that they treat all passengers and guests equally, with an emphasis on nondiscrimination among all passengers, officers and crew. The incidents of outright homophobia and ignorance onboard cruises appear far less frequently than in the past, and they're certainly uncommon in today's diverse cruising world.

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The biggest complaint from frequent gay cruisers is that FOD turnout is often sparse. Maybe it's the Looking for a friend of dorothy twenty-somethings not recognizing the "Dorothy" code language or some gay couples -- especially those in the fifty-plus generation -- not wanting other passengers to "label" them as a couple, unlike more proudly out younger gays.

Another reason for sparse turnout is that gay passengers onboard may have forgotten about the meeting in the midst of a competing seminar or spa treatment or the beckoning waters of the pool. Some Looking for a friend of dorothy report organizing their own private FOD parties in their staterooms for select friends -- and some lucky new acquaintances they've made onboard. After all, just because you're both gay doesn't mean you have much in common with some stranger you've just met.

On some ships, certain bars or locations have already gained a strong gay following without any encouragement or planned FOD meetings at all. The exact origins of these gay-claimed spaces is murky sometimes, and possibly due to Looking for a friend of dorothy of mouth on online forums, such as Cruise Critic's message boards.

Nevertheless, ship hotspots such as Cunard's Queen Mary 2 's Commodore Club affectionately dubbed "Commodorothy" or dofothy Martini Bar onboard Celebrity ships can reliably Lokking of being gay-popular on cruise after cruise.

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Of course. The very wired cruiser may opt to start a Facebook page inviting other gay cruisers to get together on an upcoming cruise. Other gay cruisers prefer to wait until they are onboard to meet and mingle.


If you don't see a FOD meeting scheduled on the first or second night onboard, and you want to meet Lookin new gay friends, ask for one! Make your request known to the cruise director and social staff early on.

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Bear in mind that the length of the cruise shorter voyages may result in less leeway fr scheduling meetingsas well as how port-intensive the itinerary is less sea time equals less time for gatherings in generalcan affect whether you'll Size does matter nsa a FOD meeting or two onboard.

Also remember that on many mainstream ships, you might encounter groups of gay travelers on vacation together or as part of an affinity group organized by a travel agency or gay tour company; Looking for a friend of dorothy more gays who are onboard, the more leverage you have in convincing a reluctant cruise director to host one for you.

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SHE WAS OFTEN REFERRED to as “the black Marilyn Monroe”. Her fine beauty was the result of her parents complex multi-racial heritage, but her talent was all her own. Fifties film celebrity Dorothy Jean Dandridge was the Halle Berry of her day — the most popular female actress of colour in Hollywood. Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold (July 1, – disappeared December 12, ) was an American socialite and heiress who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in New York City in December The daughter of Francis J. Arnold, a fine goods importer, Arnold was born and raised in Manhattan in an affluent family. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she returned to her family home. No information is given as to Dorothy Gale's age in "The Wizard of Oz." Specifically, author and Oz series originator Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, -May 6, ) gives no specific information in.

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