The NYT reports that 340 bands applied to take part in the 2005 Inaugural celebration and 47 were chosen. This year, there were over 1,400 applications, but only several dozen of them were successful. One of them was the Lesbian and Gay Band Association:
Barack Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee has chosen the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, with members from across the country, to march in the inaugural parade in Washington on Jan. 20.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that the Lesbian and Gay Band Association will be included as a marching contingent in the Inaugural Parade,” says a message on the band’s Web site. “This is the first time that an LGBT group will be represented in a Presidential Inaugural Parade, truly our chance to make history.” [emphases mine]
Make of this what you will … The NYT headline says “Gay Band to March in Inauguration Parade” and the title on this video of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association Halloween Parade is: “Male Witch Marching Band”, though there are clearly women in the band. Guess what? They’re lesbians.
These women are quite clearly visible. Why are lesbians so often “disappeared” under the word “gay”?