The Gay Lexicon – #2 :Friends of Dorothy (FOD)
The Gay Lexicon – #2
Friends of Dorothy (FOD)
FOD FAQ’s, or Who Are the Friends of Dorothy?
Who is Dorothy, and why does this mysterious lady seem to be popular enough to have friends onboard so many cruises today? Amid the jumble of special interest groups listed in your ship’s daily programs — from singles and bridge clubs to Alcoholics Anonymous’ “Friends of Bill W” — the appearance on any onboard schedule of a Friends of Dorothy (abbreviated as FOD) meeting is a positive sign that the cruise line and/or the cruise director is open-minded and progressive. That’s because FOD meetings are informal, low-key gatherings for gay and lesbian passengers to meet and mingle onboard.
The futile hunt for the elusive dame
In the early 1980s, the Naval Investigative Service was investigating homosexuality in the Chicago area. Agents discovered that gay men sometimes referred to themselves as “friends of Dorothy.” Unaware of the historical meaning of the term, the NIS believed that there actually was some woman named Dorothy at the center of a massive ring of homosexual military personnel, so they launched an enormous and futile hunt for the elusive “Dorothy”, hoping to find her and convince her to reveal the names of gay service members.
A Recent Event
Friday Night with Dorothy
at Museum Hill Cafe
Friday August 21st at 6pm
From Ian: Come and start the weekend off on the magnificent patio of the Museum Hill Cafe with views for miles and hopefully there will be a great sunset. Easily found on Milner Plaza between the two Museums.
Beer and Wine only but don’t worry the view will make up for it!
Complimentary appetizers and there is plenty of Free parking and as the slogan for the restaurant rightfully states
” The best seat in Santa Fe you haven’t discovered”