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01/21/2009

Video: Strike up the band, don't strike the band

by Jeremy Hooper

If you were watching one of the big networks, you probably missed the Lesbian and Gay Band Association's march through the inaugural parade. That's because most failed to give them even a second's air time, since apparently they needed to use that moment to give yet another minute to a discussion of Michelle's dresses.

Fortunately, however, the historical documenters at C-SPAN did keep their unflinching cameras firmly focused on the historic procession:

So there ya have it -- it's a band like most others. But it is pretty cool that for the first time, a queer-identified musical troop marched in front of the sitting P and VP in the inaugural parade. That may not be a giant leap for LGBTkind, but it's certainly a step towards the day when it will be the music that makes a gay band notable, not their sexual orientations.

2009 Inaugural Parade: Lesbian and Gay Band Association [YouTube]

**NOTE: CNN also made brief note of the band on their televised coverage, with parade coanchor Soledad O'Brien mentioning them by name. Here are some pics from the CNNLive.com broadcast (courtesy of frequent G-A-Y reader and comment contributor LOrion):

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Your thoughts

Not only were we there, everyone watching seemed happy about it.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Jan 21, 2009 9:52:06 AM

Oh you were there! Neat. There I was watching whole parade...hubby was too, and up comes the band .....finally. He says whats this Lesbian and Gay Band? I said..Yep they got an invitation, didn't think that they would be shown, really, but they were announced by announcer and as you can see watched by the President, Michelle and Joe anyway.
Hubby and I both agreed that the Mobile Maids or whoever they were that followed would have been much more 'creative' if allowed to have been done by some of our more beautiful Queens.
And by the way were those Transvestites in the San Antonio group or not? They looked like to me.

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 21, 2009 1:50:40 PM

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