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Out for Obama: Gay Rights Group Plans Mega Inaugural Shindig



Cyndi Lauper scheduled to headline the Out for Equality inaugural extravaganza. (AP Photo)

The "Out for Equality" ball (though its gay-rights organizers don't want to call it a ball) is shaping up to be one of the single hottest tickets on inauguration night. And you don't have to be L, G, B or T to want in on this action.

The party, being organized by a large coalition of gay-rights groups led by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, promises to feature Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Thelma Houston and other artists. It will be held at the legendary landmark Mayflower hotel, which, need we even say, is one of the most primo locations in the capital city.

Tickets go on sale next week for the early-bird, recession special price of $350, which, besides the entertainment, includes unlimited Obamatinis, equalitinis and as much Chicago and Hawaiian themed food as you'd like from the buffet. After Dec. 16, prices rise to $375. But it won't get you in the same ballroom as President-elect Barack Obama, since the more casual gala - attire is "festive or formal" - will be an unofficial one.

For those in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community whose 401k plans have shrunk to peanuts and can't afford such steep ticket prices - never fear. The coalition of sponsors is hosting a much more affordable separate party the same night called "Dance for Equality" at the gay nightclub Town Dancebotique. (Talent and ticket prices will be announced in mid December, organizers say.)

The double blowout extravaganza will commemorate what one leading organizer of the event calls "an important time in history: the inauguration of the most LGBT friendly president in history." (The organizer asked to remain anonymous so that his phone doesn't ring any more than it already is with long lost friends wanting tickets, musicians offering to drive cross country to perform and vendors looking to make a buck.)

Besides Human Rights Campaign, other co-sponsors of the LGBT bashes include, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund & Leadership Institute, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Black Justice Coalition, PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Gays and Lesbians) and GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

Organizers expect about 2,000 people to attend the Mayflower ball. And maybe more with the all-Cyndi Lauper-all-the-time Web site CindiLauperNews touting the event.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 26, 2008; 3:10 PM ET
 
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Comments

$350? My head hurts. That's pretty steep, especially for these times. How does HRC plan to use the proceeds?

Posted by: LawyerDMS | November 26, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone enjoys the parties. For a change, people can be happy and that's not a bad thing.

Posted by: janeyre | November 28, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

FTA: "But it won't get you in the same ballroom as President-elect Barack Obama, since the more casual gala - attire is "festive or formal" - will be an unofficial one."
Yes, one can imagine the "festive" attire that will be on display from these groups. No small wonder they won't be allowed in the same room as the grownups.

Posted by: spamsux1 | November 28, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

gross... disease central.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

We do not need the maggots around now.Go back to your anal licking pigsties and take all of your pervert thugs with you !! Don't be spoiling things for normal human beings !

Posted by: donald_mcmunn | November 29, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm happy this group is hiring locally! Work for Washingtonians - good news for the local economy.

Posted by: minskycat | November 29, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

This is just further proof that HRC cares more about themselves and making headlines than they care about the community they are supposed to serve. I'll stay home, thank you.

Posted by: Putluck | November 29, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

My mother is eighty-five. She weighs in at 100 pounds - but her commons sense is heavy duty. ............

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/02/old-women-talk-politics/

Posted by: glclark4750 | December 1, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Gays and lesbians are normal human beings, despite the anger of donald_mcmunn. Homosexuality is natural, and can be found among all species--not just dogs and cats and cows, but also birds, fish, and all other mammals. It is genetic--not a choice--and "ass-licking" is as common and normal in the heterosexual community as it is in the homosexual community. It is time that people begin to study reality and forget the mythologies of religion.

Posted by: arthur_ide | December 1, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow. McMunn, you're WAY out of line.

Spamsux1, don't be so bitter about the gay folk being better-dressed than you. They work just as hard for their money as you (presumably) do.

What happened to "We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident"?

Some of the people who've posted to this topic need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Posted by: lonquest | December 1, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Note to donald_mcmunn - the kind of "Thugs" we do not need around anyone are the bigoted, hate filled posters like you proudly announce yourself to be. Get educated - homosexuality IS normal - gay sexual preference is genetically determined, and since God made us all in his image, evidently he finds us just as acceptable and perfect as his heterosexual creations. This is why he created all varieties of colors, shapes, sizes and yes, sexuality, in ALL of his creations - not only humans, but also fish, rabbits, birds and other species. I would also note that it has been proved that many of the most rabid homophobics (perhaps like yourself?) are themselves attracted to members of their own sex, but try to deny it by attacking other gays. Remember all that "do not cast the first stone" stuff from Sunday School? More than 14% of humans are believed to have a homosexual preference according to some studies, so chances are pretty huge that quite a few of your acquaintances are gay, whether or not they tell you about it. You might want to try a little tolerance - after all, even a hateful individual like yourself is precious to God.

Posted by: rmcdetal | December 1, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow look at everyone getting all riled up over the hater. We should all be conscious that everyone is entitled to their opinion. I mean please take into consideration his feelings when he gets attacked by other people, and besides his boyfriend may be reading this. Oh, did I say boyfriend? I meant to say "drinking buddy", that is what straight guys call the other guys that they talk to about sex, right?

Posted by: cm1265 | December 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

GOD MADE ADAM AND EVE NOT ADAM AND STEVE!!!!!


OBAMA SUCKS

Posted by: heelman663 | December 2, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

heelman663

Last time I checked God made everyone. Even you as hate filled and backwards as you seem to be. I always thought God never made mistakes. In your case maybe he made an exception.

Posted by: guy_nky | December 2, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

as i dont believe in gay and lesiban
i wont tell people that cant be that way
i have to admit that i dont understand it and never will
but to each his or her own i guess

Posted by: rnorth2 | December 2, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Gee whiz kids, HRC really has a reason to celebrate what with CA Prop 8, AZ 102 and the antigay props in FLA and ARK! Good job HRC for all that help and leadership for gay rights! You have a wonderful party you worthless bunch of Washington dreck!

Posted by: motodude | December 2, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I dont' know why their celebrating Obama...someone who let them drown on CA's Prop 8 and Florida's Amendment 2. It was African Americans who pushed these initiates over into victory for the Right-wingers. If Obama cared so much, he would have spoken out more. These propositions only passed by 2-3%. 90% of blacks voted for Obama. If he had tried, minimally, and reached only 3% of that 90%, these anti-gay propositions would have never passed. But he sat silent! I guess AAs are entitled to civil rights, but not homosexuals. What a joke...they have no clue that our struggle is similar to theirs in so many ways. So I guess..."Yes HE can, but no WE can't"!!!!

Posted by: ladyesq1 | December 3, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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