Feb. 27th, 2007

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All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise


Tuesday, 27 February | 10:00 PM | 100 mins
SBS Sydney | Genre: Documentary | Rating: PG



What is a family? Is it something defined by law, by tradition, or by love? For the growing numbers of gay and lesbian families in America, the answer is most definitely love - but too often, parents and children in such families are stigmatised, unable to participate in many of the simple, public joys that most families take for granted. For years, Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell, parents of four, dreamed of a society free of such discrimination. In 2004, they made that dream come true when 1500 people - gay, lesbian and straight - set sail on a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean. With a bold stroke only Rosie O'Donnell could make, a joyous new community was born in this judgement-free setting, as passengers celebrated their freedom and made a positive, progressive statement about what "family" means today.


Fascinating program on many levels. I'm kicking myself for not taping it. Some ports of call greeted the ship with a parade whilst others with a protest. A lot of the conversations that took place in the restaurants and coffee shops aboard ship were frank and honest. I have no idea if this cruise was a one-off or a regular thing.

In America every man is free
to take care of his home and family.

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