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Published on April 1st, 2015 | by LGBA

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Lesbian and Gay Band Association Moves Forward With Annual Conference in Indianapolis in August 2015

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, LGBA, stands for MUSIC, VISIBILITY and PRIDE for all. LGBA stands with our brothers and sisters of the Pride of Indy Bands in their efforts to bring hope, equality and Pride to Indianapolis and Indiana on August 6-9, 2015 when Pride of Indy Bands hosts more than 220 members of LGBA bands from across the United States for the LGBA Annual Conference. The conference will include a massed band concert on the themes of “music, visibility, and pride”, the world premiere of a newly commissioned work just for the occasion, and an appearance at the Drum Corps International World Championship taking place the same weekend.

The LGBA began more than 30 years ago in response to the discrimination of gays and lesbians to increase visibility, bring communities together and foster Pride. Now with 35 member bands and partner organizations in four countries, LGBA comes together every year as guests of a member band to make music, promote unity, plan for the future and, yes, have fun. More than two years ago Pride of Indy Bands bid for and was selected to host the 2015 conference.

Governor Pence and the Indiana Legislature dealt a blow to equality for all when Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was passed and signed last week. Indiana does not have in place any state-wide legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity although the host city of Indianapolis does. Indiana’s RFRA has the immediate effect of allowing discrimination against members of the LGBT community AND any person perceived to be a member of the LGBT community. Many have called for, or implemented boycotts of Indiana. LGBA respects and supports individuals who discern they should boycott events or boycott travel to Indiana. LGBA does not, however, support moving the 2015 conference and stand ready to support our fellow band members in the Pride of Indy bands.

As an organization, LGBA supports the decision of Pride of Indy Bands to continue with the conference August 6-9 2015 in Indianapolis because to cancel or move the conference sends the wrong message to the LGBT community. Drum Corp International (DCI) and Pride of Indy Bands are working together in an historic way for this conference. For the first time, DCI members who identify as LGBT and their family and friends will see, and hear, that they are important when DCI and LGBA team up at the DCI Finals. Hoosiers will see, and hear, that despite the legislation members of the LGBT community are proud, vibrant, active and contributing members of society as a whole and will not be ashamed of who we are and hide in the shadows. The members of Pride of Indy Bands need our support.

About the Lesbian and Gay Band Association
The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, founded in Chicago in 1982 by seven member bands, has grown to 35 member organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. LGBA promotes music, visibility, and pride by supporting its member bands in all stages of development, promoting music as a medium of communication among people, and stimulating public interest in the unique art form of the community band.
LGBA’s members come together for annual conferences and performances as well as larger events such as the Gay Games held every four years in cities across the world and the Millennium March on Washington. LGBA has commissioned new works of music to provide hope and visibility to young musicians. LGBA has performed at a number of historic events including both inaugurations for President Clinton and both Inaugural Parades for President Obama. In 2013, LGBA was one of only 56 bands selected from across the country to take part in the Inaugural ceremonies.

More information about LGBA is available at www.lgba.org.

About Pride of Indy Bands
Founded in 2005, Pride of Indy Bands celebrates 10 years of performances, parades, and community appearances across Indiana. Pride of Indy Bands serve as a musical and educational resource to the Central Indiana community. Its family of ensembles include a concert band; marching band; pep band; and jazz, visual, and woodwind ensembles. The concert band performs five concerts per year under the direction of Chris Forsythe, with its next performance on Tuesday, April 7th.

More information about Pride of Indy Bands is available at www.prideofindy.org.


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