January 21, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Obama, Biden wave to Lesbian & Gay band
D.C. Different Drummers, Lesbian & Gay Band Association, Presidential Inauguration 2013, gay news, Washington Blade

Members of the Lesbian & Gay Band Association marched in the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Parade. (Washington Blade file photo by Henry Linser)

President Obama and Vice President Biden stood and waved to the 240 member Lesbian and Gay Band about 5:45 p.m. Monday as it marched past the White House in the Inaugural Parade.

Network news commentators from CNN and Fox News noted in their coverage of the parade that the band, organized by the international Lesbian and Gay Band Association, was a befitting capstone to Obama’s historic embrace of LGBT rights in his inaugural address five hours earlier.

Although the sun went down about 45 minutes before the gay band reached the White House, street lights on Pennsylvania Avenue were sufficient to illuminate the band and the bright uniforms of the marching musicians along with the rainbow flag carried by its members.

The band was also scheduled to display at least 20 additional flags representing the states where each individual Lesbian and Gay Bands were from.

As reported by the Blade last week, this was the second time the band had marched as a contingent in the inaugural parade.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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