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As Pride of the Oceans sets sail on its 50th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise from New York to Canada & New England then into dry dock, it will be remembered by its wonderful filmmakers and films that have been   workshopped and screening in the last ten years as part of the CineSLAM film seminar program aboard Pride of the Ocean. This has truly been its outstanding legacy. Here are just a few of the fine films we’ve been privileged to host over the years with many thanks to Susi Walsh, Executive Director of The Center for Independent Documentary and to The Chessie Foundation for their stewardship of the CineSLAM film seminars on Pride of the Ocean.
REEL IN THE CLOSET introduced by filmmakers Stu Maddux & Joe Applebaum
on Pride of the Ocean
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!
Cheryl Furjanic on Pride of the Ocean
Introducing a Rough Cut Screening of BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS
Continuing Pride of the Ocean’s long and distinguished history of giving its guests the unique opportunity to see  pre-release sneak peeks of feature length films as works in progress before anyone else, we are proud to announce that Viridiana Lieberman’s latest film, BORN TO PLAY, about women’s professional football, scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2019, will be screening on Pride of the Ocean’s 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Cruise..
BORN TO PLAY joins the distinguished roster of films, such as Yoruba Richen’s THE NEW BLACK & Nancy Kates’ REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG that have screened as works in progress on Pride of the Ocean, then went on to successful festival runs and broadcasts on HBO PBS.
Yoruba Richen on Pride of the Ocean
Introducing a Rough Cut Screening her film THE NEW BLACK
LETTER TO ANITA directed by longtime Pride of the Ocean friend Andrea Meyerson had its world premiere on Pride of the Ocean, along with countless other films, making Pride of the Ocean a sought after festival for film premieres.
Producer Kelly Bertone, Film Subject Dr. Ronni Sanlo, Director Andrea Meyerson, and Program Director John Scagliotti at LETTER TO ANITA premiere


1st Pride of the Ocean Bermuda 2010
During our past 10 cruises, traveling in the good companyof Pride of the Ocean’s fellow passengers has not only engendered enduring friendships, both personal and professional, but has even resulted in several long-term romantic relationships along the way.
We will be announcing future plans for the Kopkind/CID’s CineSLAM film seminar program, which will be reorganizing into its on-land version.  A big Thank You to the Chessie Foundation for its support over the past 10 years.

If you would like to support our film seminar programs as well, we hope you’ll consider purchasing your copy of Pride of the Ocean’s Shorts (& Bikinis) DVD collection.

9 Pride of the Ocean filmmakers have graciously donated 12 of their short films to our first DVD compilation of short films, including fan favorites, Spooners by Bryan Horch, Happy Hour by Becky Lane, and Float by Sam Berliner, with net proceeds benefitting The Center for Independent Documentary. Click on the link below to learn more.

Thank you for joining the smart and engaging people like you who have been coming to Pride of the Ocean since 2009 for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise together with  much more than a film festival. Past passengers have included everyone from cruise aficionados, to film enthusiasts, to people who simply like to travel.


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Surviving The Silence

Continuing Pride of the Ocean’s long and distinguished history of giving its guests the unique opportunity to see  pre-release sneak peeks of feature length films as works in progress before anyone else, we are proud to announce that SURVIVING THE SILENCE, scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2019, will be screening on Pride of the Ocean’s 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Cruise, departing New York for Canada and New England June 8-15, 2019. SURVIVING THE SILENCE joins the distinguished roster of films, such as Cheryl Furjanic’s BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS, Nancy Kates’ REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG, & Yoruba Richen’s THE NEW BLACK that have screened as works in progress on Pride of the Ocean, only to go onto successful festival runs and broadcasts on HBO PBS.

In addition to the Director Cindy Abel, and Editor Michael Bruno of the film being on board, 3 of the film’s subjects will also be on board. In the early 1990s, a highly-decorated colonel was forced to expel an Army hero for being a lesbian. What no one knew at the time was that the same colonel was herself in a relationship with a woman.

Cindy Abel & Colonel Margarethe “Grethe” Cammermeyer (Retired)

Decades later, this truth is exposed in all of its complexity, and the three women involved – Col. Patsy Thompson, her wife Barbara Brass, and Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer – come together to contemplate those events and their impact not only in the film, but in person on Pride of the Ocean.

Colonel Patsy Thompson (Retired), Barbara Brass & Michael Bruno

While online sales have ended, there are still cabins available for our 50th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise celebrating LGBT Military Veterans and Veterans of the Stonewall Revolution. We will be honoring Colonel Cammenmeyer 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!

You are encouraged to call Geisha Cumberbatch at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha at to chat with her about what cabin categories are still available. You might be surprised at how inexpensive a 7-day cruise vacation, inclusive of lodging, meals and transportation, can be, versus the same vacation on land. More about one of our distinguished guests, Colonel Cammermeyer below.

Margarethe “Grethe” Cammermeyer (born March 24, 1942) served as a colonel in the Washington National Guard and became a gay rights activist. Born in Oslo, Norway, she became a United States citizen in 1960. In 1961 she joined the Army Nurse Corps as a student. She received a B.S. in Nursing in 1963 from the University of Maryland. At the University of Washington School of Nursing, she earned a master’s degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1991.

She had a 15-year marriage to a man and they had four sons. In 1988, when she was 46, she met the woman who later became her wife, Diane Divelbess.

In 1989, responding to a question during a routine security clearance interview, she disclosed that she is a lesbian. The National Guard began military discharge proceedings against her. On June 11, 1992, she was honorably discharged. Cammermeyer filed a lawsuit against the decision in civil court. In June 1994, Judge Thomas Zilly of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that her discharge and the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military were unconstitutional. She returned to the National Guard and served 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.

A television movie about Cammermeyer’s story, Serving in Silence, was made in 1995, with Glenn Close starring as Cammermeyer. Its content was largely taken from Cammermeyer’s autobiography of the same name.

After retirement, Cammermeyer ran for the United States Congress in Washington’s 2nd congressional district in 1998. She won the Democratic primary, but lost in the general election to Republican incumbent Jack Metcalf.

In June 2010, she was appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, a committee which is appointed by the United States Secretary of Defense and which reports to the United States Department of Defense.[1]

The Point Foundation announced plans to honor Cammermeyer with its Point Legend Award in April 2011.[2]

In 2012, after same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington state, Cammermeyer and her wife Diane Divelbess became the first same-sex couple to get a license in Island County.

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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, 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, 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.


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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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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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