Out for Obama: Gay Rights Group Plans Mega Inaugural Shindig

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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.

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