Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Poseidon Adventurer: Diver Judith Rubin Has Been under the Waves All over the World, and the Water's Fine. (Pride 2003)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Poseidon Adventurer: Diver Judith Rubin Has Been under the Waves All over the World, and the Water's Fine. (Pride 2003)

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"You can run into homophobia anywhere, but I really do think that attitude is in the minority," says scuba diver and videographer Judith Rubin. "I kinda laugh at them and make them feel foolish, then go on my merry way. If you let them intimidate you, you're dead."

Nobody will be intimidating Rubin any time soon. As the videographer for esteemed shark researcher Eugenie Clark, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland, College Park, Rubin has traveled all over the world diving--educating herself on a part of the planet most people never see. She's so enthusiastic, she can make a study on the swarming behavior of juvenile Pholidichthys leucotaenia sound fascinating. Involved in just such a study off the coral reefs of Papua New Guinea, Rubin is probably underwater right this minute.

"I'm old enough where I lived through the entire sexual revolution and the gay revolution," says Rubin, who's 61. "When I watch television now, it's astounding! Not perfect, but I don't bitch and complain about it, because when I remember how it used to be, we've come a long way in my lifetime."

Born in Los Angeles, Rubin originally hoped to become a veterinarian and did eventually work as a vet assistant. But when the 1960s called with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, Rubin was off adventuring and doing her part to claim a place in the sexual revolution.

"I can remember when I was in my early 20s and they had the red light that would flash in gay bars in case the cops came," she says. "We couldn't be caught dancing with the same sex partner or you'd be arrested. …

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