The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was praised on social media Thursday after two women were broadcast kissing in what is believed to be the first same-sex kiss shown on-air during the annual event.
Actresses Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen, who star in the Broadway musical "The Prom," shared the kiss at the end of a televised performance of one of the show's musical numbers.
The moment was praised by LGBTQ activists and other supporters of gay rights on Twitter, who called it an important moment of representation for gay youths.
"Two girls. Just kissed. On live TV. On the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I suddenly cried," "Spongebob Squarepants" writer Tina Landau said on Twitter.
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
"What a lesson you just taught the country on the @Macys thanksgiving parade!" added fellow Broadway actress Caissie Levy.
The two actresses do not have public Twitter accounts, but one of their co-stars, Josh Lamon, tweeted that he was "proud" of the two for the on-air kiss and added the next day that he had been targeted by anti-gay abuse in the hours following the parade.
"The first #LGBTQ kiss in the Parade’s history. We here at @ThePromMusical have never been so proud," Lamon tweeted.
Yesterday was remarkable. It was also difficult. I was targeted by hate groups, ambushed with awful messages and became even more proud of who I am and the incredible show I am lucky to be apart of. Be proud of who you are. Never be afraid to show all your beautiful colors. ❤️ https://t.co/G4qlwwGwHW— Josh Lamon (@JoshLamon) November 23, 2018