picPride Chair JayThordarson gives Rosie four tee shirts.

Rosie O'Donnell, her family and a boatload of queer families were be aboard the Norwegian Dawn on a family-friendly gay cruise that stopped here July 12, 2005. At noon she had lunch with some local politicians and members of the gay community. Here's the invitation.

They're stopping in Halifax because it's gay-friendly and because same-sex marriage is legal here.

CyndiLauper is headlining an entertainers list that includes comedian Judy Gold, drag "beauty shop quartet" Kinsey Sicks and more than 20 Broadway performers.

picNorwegian Dawn

Sharon Gless of QueerAsFolk and Cagney and Lacey, former NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo and Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, Art Smith, will also be on board.

While the stop in Halifax will be short, Mr. Kaminsky said Rosie won't be boat-bound. The company has set up one tour to Peggys Cove.

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