People Magazine reports:
The cast of Broadway’s The Prom musical gave the LGBTQ community something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. Actors, including leads Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla, burst out of the theater and into the streets for Macy’s big holiday parade Thursday. Closing out their performance of the big number, Kinnunen and McCalla shared a kiss on live television, which appears to be the first same-sex kiss in the parade’s history.
“Broadway’s The Prom is grateful to Macy’s and NBC for their acceptance and inclusivity of a community and a story that is about acceptance, tolerance and love,” the musical’s producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, and Jack Lane told EW in a joint statement. “These are some of the themes reflected in our musical comedy and we are very proud to be the very first LGBTQ kiss on the Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
I’m most thankful for the #MacysParade performance from The Prom. It just warms my heart thinking of all the homophobic family members are out there pissing themselves over it. This is a win for all the queer kids who can’t come out to their families this Thanksgiving 💕
— ☼ lizz☽ (@lizzsoileau) November 22, 2018
It is sad I just had to change the channel from the #macysthanksgivingdayparade because my 5 yr old is asking me why the girl is wearing a tie and holding hands with the other girl during the “The Prom” number on @TODAYshow.
— Cissie Graham Lynch (@CissieGLynch) November 22, 2018
Absolutely ridiculous. Not shopping Macy’s this year! Changed channels!
— Liz Doyle (@lizrdld_liz) November 22, 2018
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.
— Tina Landau (@TinaLandau) November 22, 2018
Wow #Macyday #ThanksgivingDayParade parade has totally went to the crapper with a #lesbian kiss on national TV while millions of children watch two women make out on a #Thanksgiving as parents DONT LET KIDS WATCH THIS STUFF!!!! Boycott #Macy‘s this was a total #abomination!!! pic.twitter.com/LmQVmTh11K
— Sonny Cardona (@extrmlifechager) November 22, 2018
Me and my fellow gays dancing in the tears of everyone complaining about Macy’s airing a LESBIAN KISS pic.twitter.com/WDK16FRWgj
— Molly-THE PROM ON MACYS PARADE (@unrulyheartt) November 22, 2018
Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen just made history by being the first LGBTQ+ kiss on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade no i’m n- yea i am crying i am this warms my heart on this 19 degree day #MacysDayParade
— The Original Bubblegum B*tch™ (@lq_katetoo) November 22, 2018
— Matt (@broadway_4me) November 22, 2018
Nothing like showing a gay kiss and alternate lifestyles on the Macy’s Parade…The entertainment industry and NBC is trash… #MacysParade
— Asher Collett Jr (@AsherCJr) November 22, 2018
Millions of small children just watched two girls kiss and had their innocence broken this morning. @nbc and @Macys just blindsided parents who expected this to be a family program, so they could push their agenda on little kids. #macysthanksgivingdayparade #MacysDayParade pic.twitter.com/EmCLSfNmAj
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) November 22, 2018
— Chuck Morris (@DrChuckMorris) November 22, 2018
Same-sex kiss on national television! What a powerful moment, what a great message of inclusion and acceptance. Congratulations all around to @ThePromMusical @NBCNewYork @NBC @Macys #NYC #LoveWins #MacysThanksgivingDayParade #MacysParade pic.twitter.com/6ithiLeW0K
— Leonardo R. Carvalho (@LeoCarvalhoNYC) November 22, 2018
#TheProm kiss means even more to me because it’s my first Thanksgiving with my LDR girlfriend of 6 years! I’m still crying and that kiss meant so much! #loveislove #pride Thank you @nbc and @Macys for showing that!
— Brigid (@BrigidWriter) November 22, 2018
— Michael Hull (@ItsMikeHull) November 22, 2018