Heres a great post from Rosie's Blog. Hope you enjoy:
be open minded : not ignorant
"My partner and I are back at home exhausted and emotionally reeling from the rfamily Alaskan Cruise experience. We are an older couple (late 50’s), have been together for 31 years. We have never been on a cruise. We have never participated in any kind of large “gay” event. Though children have been an important part of our lives we have no children of our own. We have never before had so much fun as we ran from one activity to another all the while experiencing the joy and pride of being a part of the large and wonderfully diverse community on board this amazing ship that managed to stay afloat even as it was buffetted about by what felt like a sunami type storm.
For 8 days as we looked across the crowded decks , dining areas, or entertainment venues, we never ceased to be amazed that we were among hundreds and hundreds of like spirited people. The crowds of persons gathered here, young and old, gay and straight, male and female for us, symbolized the hope of the future. The brief one week experience was truly life altering. Our only criticism is that with all of the wonderful excursions, parties, entertainment, late night entertainment, and late, late night piano bars there was literally not enough time to sleep!
On the last day as we stood on the deck for one final look we sadly and fearfully watched the “crowds” dissipate as “our” families slowly melted back into the the mainstream culture where so many powerful individuals are desperately trying to maginalize us.
Today as we continue our reentry back into the real world we are left with a lingering bitterweet sense of loss and hope. For us there can be no such thing as “too crowded.”
MANY, MANY THANKS"