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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade earns praise for broadcasting same-sex kiss

"The Prom" debuted in New York in October, telling the story of an Indiana high school student who wasn't allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom.
Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen perform rehearsing "The Prom" on Day 1 of 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Rehearsals at Macy's Herald Square on November 19, 2018 in New York City.(Photo: Taylor Hill, WireImage)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is making history.

During a performance celebrating the new Broadway musical "The Prom," actresses Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla shared a smooch, a moment that is believed to be the first kiss between a lesbian couple broadcast during the Macy's holiday event.

"The first #LGBTQ kiss in the Parade’s history," cast member Josh Lamon tweeted. "We here at @ThePromMusical have never been so proud. #LoveIsLove."

"The Prom" debuted in New York in October, telling the story of an Indiana high school student who wasn't allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom.

The kiss elicited many positive reactions from the LGBTQ community.

User @TinaLandau said she shared tears of joy: "Two girls. Just kissed. On live TV. On the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I suddenly cried. Lovely. Thanks given to @ThePromMusical. (& Macy’s/NBC.) & lesbians everywhere. & turkeys. For their sacrifice. But esp. @ThePromMusical."

@Melissaradz exclaimed "YES YES YES." "Wait, that performance of The Prom — was that the first time a kiss between two women aired during the #MacysParade?!?!"

@Pumpkindino said she is thankful for the moment: "I finally live in a world where national TV isn't ashamed to show this on a wildly broadcasted event."