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  1. stephen lucas says

    It’s great that gay people are performing at the inauguration but why be separate? Self-segregation is not a good idea. If you segregate yourselves, it gives permission to others to segregate you too. It means you can be packaged and put away.

    Why can’t there be simply a band containing gay people rather than a ” gay band”?

  2. capetom says

    i agree with geoff, i had a hard time sleeping last night, i’m 55 and did not ever think as a boy in the 70’s that i would ever see this. just stunning.

  3. BZ says

    Gave me a lump in my throat to see it.

    It’ a pity that they didn’t have much time to practice *marching* together, tho. Their formation was a bit ragged.

  4. Daddy B says

    2900 bands applied – 60 were accepted – It’s difficult to assemble people from 23 and more different bands in one weekend – we did practice – a lot! we marched 6.5 miles on Saturday and over 7 miles on sunday. – 12 hrs of practice – High School and College band practice for years together. Our average age is around 40.. we were cold/hot/cold/tired/exhausted and tried our best to represent the diversity of our community – yes we are the LGBA but in some cities we are the only community band and our ranks include straight allies that rehearsed and marched with us, persons of color, military veterans, disabled members pushed in wheel chairs, transgendered, young and old. In 2009 we took the more traditional military parade approach to our music but our artistic staff decided we needed to be proud for who we are – so performed “Tonight” and “Edge of Glory” – the Presidential box stood and clapped and danced along with us. We were also honored with being in the Civil Rights Movement division including the Civil Rights float, Central High from Little Rock Arkansas and an honor guard of native american women veterans. Why an LGBA band? – apparently one may not be familiar with being called a “band fag” or playing an instrument that your gender shouldn’t be playing… for many of us it has been a way to play and perform again and work through that pain. Behind the scenes while we were in the parade staging area we had several brave LGBT kids from other bands come up to us in tears saying how they were gay and so happy to know that there would be a band like us for them to join someday. So no raining on our parade!

  5. CD says

    @Stephen Lucas, Would you rather have them intermixed with just a regular marching band? I understand your want for the gay community to integrate, but don’t think it is right for this venue. The more visible we are the more people will see that we are a part of society.

    @Jason, They were supposed to be playing “Tonight” from West Side Story as they passed the President, but because things were running ahead of schedule the Gaga piece was played instead. I only know this because of one of the band members is porn star Jesse Jackman, and his husband Dirk Caber, and he was posting about playing for the inauguration on Facebook and Twitter.

  6. Hanford Searl Jr. says

    … Was-GREAT-to see thee LGBA Band! ConGRATS from us in thee Bflo. Gay Men’s Chorus, (in Bflo./Niagara) which is in it’s 11th yr. At 65, as an openly-Gay man since 7-8, am-GLAD-I’m seeing this at 65! Thank-you Pres. Obama! (anyone know what music the band played?) FORWARD together!!!

  7. Joe Vazquez says

    It is not segregating…. Unlike most institutions or groups that exclude us, we open our doors and ranks to straight folks who wish to play and support our mission. Music is a universal language and through it we have manage to break down barriers. Not all activism requires signs,and loud protest. We have manage to carve an awareness through our music!

  8. Joe Vazquez says

    It is not segregating…. Unlike most institutions or groups that exclude us, we open our doors and ranks to straight folks who wish to play and support our mission. Music is a universal language and through it we have manage to break down barriers. Not all activism requires signs,and loud protest. We have manage to carve an awareness through our music!

  9. Joe Vazquez says

    It is not segregating…. Unlike most institutions or groups that exclude us, we open our doors and ranks to straight folks who wish to play and support our mission. Music is a universal language and through it we have manage to break down barriers. Not all activism requires signs,and loud protest. We have manage to carve an awareness through our music!

  10. Dynex says

    Because we are gay and we form gay groups because our history as a people is rich, we have some commonalities and some of us have pride in being part of LGBT commmunity, if thats not you- keep it moving. But I for one am proud to be gay an until homophobia is eliminated, there’s significance in being part of the gay community an proudly stating so.

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