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Road Scholar's Art-Focused Learning Adventure Gets Rave Reviews During LGBT History Month

Now Offering Dates in the Summer of 2019

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. In 2018, Road Scholar offered a new program aboard the Queen Mary 2 that explored the triumphs and challenges of the LGBT community in the London arts scene.

Into the London Arts Scene: A Gay Perspective on Queen Mary 2 began as a transatlantic voyage aboard Queen Mary 2. Popular Road Scholar lecturer and theater expert Giles Ramsay explored the perspective of gay men and women and their influence within London’s extensive theater scene. The program explored the lives of some of the world’s most renowned authors, actors and playwrights — Christopher Marlowe, Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward — and how they walked a precarious tightrope to balance their private desires against contemporary sensibilities.

“Men and women from across the country enrolled in this ground-breaking program,” said James Moses, President and CEO of Road Scholar. “Several of those participants reached out to me personally, to say how impressed they were with the lecturers, the educational rigor and the camaraderie amongst the participants. Because of their enthusiastic response, we’ve added additional program dates for this LGBT-focused learning adventure, hoping to expand the reach of these programs.”

Road Scholar participant John Bekeny described the adventure as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“This program combined a bucket-list Transatlantic Crossing on the Cunard Line’s iconic QM2 with an immersive cultural experience in London,” John said. “Theatrical producer Giles Ramsay’s knowledge of the theater was as entertaining as it was encyclopedic. The program is unsurpassed and the camaraderie of the LGBTQ participants superb. A lively daily LGBT happy hour with QM2’s other LGBTQ passengers was the icing on the cake.”

Another participant, Marianne Morgan, shared a heartfelt story about this program being the first opportunity for some individuals to be themselves and relax.

“Many baby boomers in the LGBT community have lived either closed lives or have been discriminated against in some manner in our personal or professional life,” Marianne said. “For some in this recent trip, it was the FIRST time they were able to travel and ‘be themselves,’ and be supported and not ostracized.”

Enrollment is now open for departures in 2019. To learn more, please visit the website:


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