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Gay Atlantis Passengers Arrested in Dominica Speak Out About 'Inhumane' Treatment: VIDEO


Retired police officer Dennis Jay Mayer and his partner, John Robert Hart, the gay couple arrested on the Atlantis Cruise ship in Dominica are speaking out about their experience, KTLA reports.

Dominica"I'm not going to implicate myself one way or another, but we were charged with being naked on the balcony," he said.

A photo shows Mayer and Hart, under police escort, being led from court to go to a bank to withdraw money for their fine, as a crowd of residents watched. "I've never seen something like this," Mayer said. "I've never seen people chanting and protesting in the street. It was amazing."

Mayer and Hart have been together 17 years, and told the station "We weren't trying to put on a show for people." Mayer says the judge called them "rogues and vagabonds and authorities wanted to have them medically evacuated to determine whether or not they had engaged in anal sex.

The charge of "buggery" (sodomy) was dropped. Mayer and Hart say they were taunted all night long in a jail cell with no light, no water, and no toilet.


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  1. Boo Hoo. They broke the law. Too bad.
    It's against the law to fornicate in public. It doesn't matter if you are gay or's against the law. As for being walked to an ATM to get the money, that's standard procedure in a foreign country, even for a traffic ticket. In fact if you get stopped on the highway in Europe for a moving violation they can and will escort you to an ATM machine.

    Posted by: bruno in berlin | Mar 23, 2012 7:09:29 PM

  2. i'd like to point out to rich campbell that, despite the fact that this is, so far, the only incident of this nature, why in the world would you encourage your gay brothers to spend their tourist dollars in such a hateful, anti-gay place?

    that's what really makes no sense.

    Posted by: alguien | Mar 23, 2012 7:12:40 PM

  3. @Alguien Its not an anti-gay, hateful place.
    It's against the law to have sex in public! Straight or gay. Wake-up!

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 23, 2012 7:16:07 PM

  4. I still don't understand why the cruise line would patronize homophobic countries with their gay cruises. Their comment of how many people they brought there without incident is
    like saying I like apples so I ate an orange. It makes no sense. Honesty, if they wish to continue patronizing such hostile countries we should just not book cruises with them. Bring your gay money where it is appreciated.

    Posted by: George M | Mar 23, 2012 7:16:13 PM

  5. There are places to go as a gay couple, and places to avoid. When in Rome....

    Posted by: zeddy | Mar 23, 2012 7:18:02 PM

  6. This really doesn't make me feel sorry for them at all. You were still naked, in public. You still broke the law and should have known better. It's not like you can suddenly do whatever you want without legal repercussions just because you're on foreign soil. You KNOW that gay people aren't treated the same everywhere, yet you chose to taunt those that have power. I'm sorry, regardless of how you were treated after the fact, you should have kept your pants on, and you know it.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Mar 23, 2012 7:20:06 PM

  7. @George M
    are you ignorant of the LAW.
    Gay or straight you can't go around naked in public having sex. Period.

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 23, 2012 7:20:09 PM

  8. As someone who used to share an alley with a very popular Gay Bar in Seattle, I say again: TAKE IT INSIDE BOYS.

    Posted by: Don with a "D" | Mar 23, 2012 7:21:38 PM

  9. a couple of muscle queens (one past their prime) decided to put on a show and got busted...nothing to see here!! Move along oh wait...PAY THE FINE!!!

    Posted by: TrueWords | Mar 23, 2012 7:23:07 PM

  10. Well, cry me a river.

    The saddest thing is Atlantis President Rich Campbell reportedly saying that Dennis and John were in the "wrong place at the wrong time”. Give me a break. Rich should run for politics.

    Atlantis cruises are allegedly cesspools of promiscuity where sex happens frequently and, if the reports from Dominica are correct, in public. One wonder whether Rich’s cruises turn a blind eye to such vulgar public displays in the name of money.

    If I had the power, I’d shut down Atlantis. At the very minimum, I’d mandate the deck be flooded with Clorox at every port.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 23, 2012 7:23:19 PM

  11. They weren't having sex. That's why the buggery charge was dropped.

    Posted by: John | Mar 23, 2012 7:24:33 PM

  12. I have zero tolerance, patience or sympathy for these two. It's against the law in pretty much every country on the planet to have sex in the open - and in most countries to be naked in public (not that I agree with the latter, but, the law is the law)- straight or gay. At the end of the day all these two did was give gay a bad name on that island. It's as simple as that. And now they're dragging their dirty wife-beaters around the media for sympathy. Wake up and grow up (they certainly look old enough to know better)!

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 23, 2012 7:26:11 PM

  13. Sympathy for the inhumane treatment, but, "I'm not going to implicate myself one way or another," is a complete cop-out. Take responsibility for your actions and stop trying to make this about your sexuality. The island was apparently overrun by gays when the ship docked but they were were the only ones taken into custody and charged.

    I'm not sympathetic to an island nation which persecutes and marginalizes GLBT people, but these two need to grow a pair and take responsibility for their actions.

    Posted by: theo | Mar 23, 2012 7:26:14 PM

  14. @Oliver: You don't know that they were having're assuming that. You have no facts. You weren't there. So STFU!

    Apart from the reported nightmare they had to endure at the hands of a backward and homophobic society, Atlantis should be shunned by every gay cruiser. They deserve to be put out of business for scheduling an all-gay cruise to make port in such at hateful, backward place. There are plenty of other cruise options. Don't give your business to Atlantis anymore.

    Posted by: RWG | Mar 23, 2012 7:28:13 PM

  15. Okay if it's true that they were just naked on their balcony, no arrest should have been made. Sex in public I can understand but naked is just a warning at most. This smells of homophobia. A woman and man naked on a balcony wouldn't have been arrested. Shame on Atlantis for going there.

    Posted by: Billy | Mar 23, 2012 7:29:17 PM

  16. Was the buggery charge dropped? Maybe it was dropped for political reasons.

    In any case, how can you tell if someone is engaging in buggery from a hundred feet away? They could be engaging in frottage. You'd have to be close enough to see the penis entering.

    In any case, whatever they were allegedly doing would fall into the category of indecent exposure anywhere on the planet.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 23, 2012 7:31:23 PM

  17. No sympathy for them. One of the guys is even a cop! He more than anyone should understand the concept of obeying the law. What they did, being naked in public, is not acceptable in most of the world and just because they were Amereican or gay and on holiday does not give them a free pass. Do the crime and you pay the fine. As for the jail conditions, what did they expect in a 3rd world nation? The Hilton? Next time you want to be naked in public go to a clothing optional resort and you can shake your money maker all you want.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Mar 23, 2012 7:32:49 PM

  18. Of course, Dominica has homophobic laws. Of that, there is no doubt. Let's, however, be clear about what went on. At the very minimum, it appears that the couple was naked on the balcony in full view of land. This is indecent exposure in anyone's language.

    Would a naked straight couple have been treated differently? Possibly. But this doesn't mitigate the offense. The offense still occurred.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 23, 2012 7:34:29 PM

  19. @RWG your language and manners are lovely.
    Meanwhile, Im only going by what I've read posted here by Towleroad:

    Defense lawyer Bernadette Lambert told the court her clients are “extremely remorseful,” DNO reported, adding, “They were struck by the beautiful mountains, clear fresh water and beauty of the island, and they also had a few cocktails and so threw caution to the wind. They came here for a good time and did not mean to offend the laws of the country.”

    After paying the fines, the two were scheduled to exit the country later Thursday.

    Rich Campbell, president of the West Hollywood, Ca.-based Atlantis Events, released a statement on the company’s Facebook page today, as well. It reads, in part:

    “Yesterday morning around 9:30 am two of our guests were seen engaging in a sexual act outdoors on their balcony in full public view of the port and town. Not only did many of the residents witness the act, several of our guests saw this incident as well. The local authorities responded to a complaint by several residents. The two gentlemen were arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public indecency and detained overnight. They appeared in front of the local magistrate this morning, paid a small fine, and were released in full.

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 23, 2012 7:37:53 PM

  20. They were not having sex on a balcony. They were naked on the balcony. There's a big difference.

    I could see things differently if they were having sex on the balcony in view of other people, but just being naked on a balcony seems like such a mild offense. Perhaps something meriting a fine, but certainly not jail.

    Posted by: bravo | Mar 23, 2012 7:38:21 PM

  21. Pretty sure there isn't any Caribbean country that is "gay-friendly." Don't know why so many people are saying "boycott Dominica." You take risks when you travel and sometimes sucky things happen, especially if you're behaving as foolishly as these guys were. They should count their blessings.

    Posted by: Dylan | Mar 23, 2012 7:38:44 PM

  22. BOO-F'ING-HOO!. I am PROUDLY GAY, and Partnered (MARRIED) for 22 of my 43 years. We have traveled all over the world. We choose locales that are open and welcome, and most importantly, conduct ourselves respectfully. We took the Alaska cruise, but were uncomfortable with some of the behavior. I understand that many gay men love a good circuit party, but they are not exactly the healthiest environment for committed couples. Atlantis designates a certain part of the cruise ship as "Deck 13," which is Atlantis' code word for "sex club." Gay parties and drugs; this sort of activity cheapens us in my opinion.

    Posted by: Rockcandy822 | Mar 23, 2012 7:39:10 PM

  23. Not the best way to become culturally sensitive. God knows in the USA, gay couples are never troubled by the law for kissing, let alone kissing naked on a balcony in a public port. And if Atlantis Cruises are only going to stop in "gay friendly" ports, you better get a really big bathtub.

    Posted by: StevyD | Mar 23, 2012 7:40:23 PM

  24. the whole Caribbean is Homophobic, act or don't accordingly.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 23, 2012 7:41:07 PM

  25. @Jason: It would be indecent exposure "anywhere on the planet?" Are you sure about that? Such laws vary around the world. For example, in England and Wales, nudity in public is not an offense – only public sex is. That goes for Canada as well, where judges have ruled that public nudity is not indecent, only public sex.

    I found these things on the Internet. It is an amazing tool to look up facts and not just spout off opinion and pretend it's factual.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 23, 2012 7:41:15 PM

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