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Last Week to Join Historic 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Cruise

Before February 8th, you can join our wonderful invited guests, including Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer,  Andrea Meyerson, Cheryl Furjanic, Evan Young, Steven F. Dansky, Allen Young, Charlotte Bunch, Michela Griffo, John Knoebel, Skip Potter, Isaac James, and many others!

Meet the amazing Andrea Meyerson, (screening of her latest film, GETTING STARTED), karaoke star and director Cheryl Furjanic as she screens her work in progress,THE MONUMENT, National President of The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), Evan Youngas he speaks out on the transgender military ban, our floating concert hall of songs that inspired the gay revolution, headed up by the duo Skip Potter & Isaac James and other wonderful guests, such as Steven F. Danskyactivistwriter, and photographer for more than fifty years, now a documentary filmmaker, who journeyed from coast-to-coast through rural communities to urban epicenters and across the globe via Skype to BangkokBuenos Aires, and Melbourne, to capture the oral history from the founders of the modern LGBTQ movement. To learn more about Steven F. Dansky and what he will be sharing on Pride of the Ocean, click here.

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Steven Dansky

These pioneers formulated daring politics with insights about human existence, trans and gender identity and sexual orientation that inspired generations of post-Stonewall Rebellion activists, change-agents,  academicshistoriansartistsfilmmakers and writersStonewall Means Fight Back.  And that is what our invited panelists did at the time of Stonewall.  History was being made. Allen Young (activist/author)  brings together an amazing group of Stonewall Era Pioneers on board Pride of the Ocean  to recount how they were part of an young and energetic Gay and Lesbian rights movement that changed forever the landscape of sexual politics and the world.  The present LGBT movement is stronger today because of this important early work by pioneers. Meet our panelists below, Allen Young, Charlotte Bunch, Michela Griffo, & John Knoebel. To learn more about our panelists and their biographies, click here. Click on each panelist to learn about available discounts.

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Join Pride of the Ocean’s Stonewall 50 cruise to learn and celebrate how our Stonewall Pioneers fought for and won the LGBT rights that we have today (but that we are constantly in danger of losing), and how you can help to safeguard those rights for future generations by remembering and using the lessons learned from the past on this 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

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Please call Geisha… she’d love to hear from you and make you an offer you can’t refuse. She is waiting by the phone to take your order for a lovely cabin on the beautiful Norwegian Dawn. Only a small deposit is required to make your reservation for lobster, whale watching, and bird watching.

The Pride of the Ocean 2019 “50th Anniversary of Stonewall” cruise is now on sale, but only until February 8th!  Sailing with Norwegian Cruise Lines onboard the Norwegian Dawn  from June 8 – June 15, 20198‐day, 7-night we set sail from New York to Canada & New England.

Below please find the corresponding booking form with all the details, which is also available online at If you’d prefer a more personal touch, our cruise associate Geisha Cumberbatch would be happy to talk with you on the phone to find you the perfect cabin for this important Pride of the Ocean cruise, where booking your cabin can even benefit one of our invited non-profits with a $100 donation. Click on one of the non-profit links or images below to learn more.


Geisha Cumberbatch
Director of Operations
4701 Willard Ave.  Suite 221
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Tel: 301-656-5740
Nationwide: 844-30-EVENT

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Getting Started with Andrea Meyerson

Pride of the Ocean is so honored to be screening GETTING STARTED, the  latest dramatic film from the award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrea Meyerson, who also founded Women on a Roll, a lesbian travel group and longtime partner and friend of Pride of the Ocean.

While Andrea has won awards in festivals ranging from Long Beach, California to Tampa Bay Florida, to even Quito, Ecuador. But it was on Pride of the Ocean that Andrea won the Body of Work Award, pictured at left with Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti on either side.
Women on a Roll members can receive a $100 discount when they book their cabin for our 50th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise June 8-15, 2019, and in appreciation of our veterans, a $150 discount for members who have served in the military by entering … [click to read full story]

You may remember Dreya Weber in GETTING STARTED from her award-winning role in A MARINE STORY, where she played a Marine officer serving in silence.


Trailer – A Marine Story

The 1995 film, “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story“, starring Glenn Close and Judy Davis, based upon Colonel Cammermeyer’s autobiography of the same name. The film tells the story of her legally overturning her honorable discharge for being a lesbian, and serving as one of the few openly gay or lesbian people in the U.S. military while the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was in effect, until her retirement in 1997.


Trailer – Serving in Silence

With Andrea Meyerson’s help, we are thrilled to announce that Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, famous for serving in the National Guard and successfully challenging the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the United States, will be joining our cruise celebrating LGBT Military Veterans and Veterans of the Stonewall Revolution June 8 – 15, 2019.

Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer (Retired)

Women on a Roll and Pride of the Ocean will be honoring Colonel Cammermeyer for her extraordinary service to the United States of America and her service to the LGBT community at a special cocktail party for our guests, which you are cordially invited to!

“We are your daughters, your sisters, your sons, your nurses, your mechanics, your athletes, your police, your politicians, your fathers, your doctors, your soldiers, your mothers. We live with you, care for you, help you, protect you, teach you, love you, and need you. All we ask is that you let us. We are no different. We want to serve, like you. Need love, like you. Feel pain, like you. And we deserve justice, like you.”
– Margarethe Cammermeyer

In light of today being International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019, did you know that according to the Contact Hypothesis Theory, the more times a viewer sees/interacts with a minority in film (preferably in varied depictions), the less prejudice they will have towards that group? It is more important than ever to embrace this theory and continue to resist.

To learn more about how you can meet Colonel Cammermeyer in person and personally thank her for her years of service to our country and the LGBT community, please click on the button below to learn more about our upcoming 50th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise.

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Please RSVP for Your Song – Exciting Changes to Our Musical Lineup Announced

Music has inspired us to change the world!! On our Stonewall 50 festival cruise we are presenting a wonderful singer, Skip Potter from Barre Vermont, who has been singing and performing since he was a child, most recently playing the lead role in a production of The Mikado at the Unadilla Theater, and  on the keyboards, his wonderful accompanist Isaac James to sing and play some of the songs that made us cry and helped inspire us to make the gay revolution!

Be it Judy Garland,  (whose funeral happened the night before the Stonewall Riots) or Bette Midler, music was an important part of our growing consciousness and identity as an LGBT community … And so we sing!! as we end with a surprise sing-a-long at our closing cocktail party… you will be thrilled.

Tenor Skip Potter (left), and Pianist Isaac James (right)

Skip Potter, a tenor, was Music Director of the Brandon Baptist Church and is currently a sought after soloist, having both current and past  engagements performing  with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic, Counterpoint, and  Solaris. Skip was also the featured soloist for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities in Stanford, Ct. Classically trained, Skip has performed works by Vivaldi, Dietrich Buxtehude and Gounod; to name a few, and was recently the Tenor Soloist performing Shubert’s  Mass No.2 in G Major.

Skip Potter

Isaac James has performed Solo recitals, and with Chamber Orchestras on both Piano and Pipe Organ and has served as resident accompanist for community, symphonic and collegiate choral groups. He has also worked in very close collaboration with opera vocalist, Mezzo Soprano Evgeniya Krachmarova-Sotirov from Bulgaria and with violinist Dmitri Gastonovichkoff in Texas. Isaac made his Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2012. Isaac is the Director and Founder of the P. Owen Willaman International Piano Competition, which he named for his late friend and esteemed citizen of Watertown, New York.

Isaac James

Please join us for our opening cocktail party (right after we sail past the Statue of Liberty) on June 8th,   with  Women On A Roll and Pride of the Ocean’s tribute to Margarethe Cammermeyer followed by a few wonderful tunes by Skip and Issac. At our closing cocktail  party, Skip and Isaac will bring it all together as we return to the port of New York with a sing a long as Pride of the Ocean marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising aboard the Norwegian Dawn.   We are so pleased to be presenting Skip Potter and Isaac James!
We are in our final weeks of cabin sales, so click below to learn more. Many exciting discounts available!

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Cheryl Furjanic Explains Why You Should Be The First To See “The Monument”

Were you lucky enough to see Back on Board: Greg Louganis before it was finished and screened on HBO? Pride of the Ocean passengers certainly were! Pride of the Ocean is thrilled to welcome back Cheryl Furjanic, who workshopped a rough cut of Back on Board when it was still in production, and will be giving us the rare opportunity to preview her latest work in progress, The Monument.



Cheryl Furjanic with Gay Liberation Statues at The Stonewall National Monument
In the summer of 1969, a group of young people — LGBTQ+ street kids, trans folks, gender non-conforming youth, drag queens, and allies — fought back against a police raid of a popular NYC gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. This Stonewall uprisingbecame the match that ignited the still fragile gay rights movement. In the years that followed, the LGBTQ community would gather together near Stonewall in times of celebration, mourning, and protest. In 2016, the area surrounding Stonewall was designated a National Monument. From police riots to park rangers — The Monument explores the living legacy of Stonewall and ways in which this small corner of New York City has become a hallowed ground and sacred space for LGBTQ folks across the world.



Cheryl Furjanic on Pride of the Ocean
Introducing a Rough Cut Screening of Back on Board: Greg Louganis
Cheryl first joined Pride of the Ocean with her film Sync or Swim, a splashy look at a marginal sport: U.S.A.’s top synchronized swimmers endure rigorous training and overcome unthinkable obstacles to compete for Olympic glory. Cheryl also showed everyone how it’s done with a now famous Busby Berkeley style showpiece performed in the swimming pool of the Norwegian Dawn. Seeing is believing. Click below to view!



Cheryl Furjanic Leading Pride of the Ocean’s Synchronized Swimming Team
If you’d like to meet Cheryl Furjanic, see her latest work in progress before the public does, and become a member of the Pride of the Ocean Synchronized Swimming Team while visiting New York, Halifax, The Bay of Fundy, Bar Harbor, Portland, and Newport aboard the Norwegian Dawn, click here or on the button below to learn more. Save $100 on your cabin by using the code CHERYL2019
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