Rosanne Cash’s “Land Of Dreams” Touts America’s Diversity, Including The Gays, For New Tourism Push

The video for Rosanne Cash’s patriotic anthem “Land of Dreams” is being used in a first-ever global ad encouraging tourists to come to the United States. But wedged in between images of sun-kissed surfers and the bustle of Times Square, there’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene featuring real-life gays Gideon Hodge and Edward Cox of New Orleans. (You can see them at about the 1:15 mark.)

“[The ad] was forward-thinking enough to include a gay couple in a very casual manner,” says Hodge. “There are wonderful gay neighborhoods in New Orleans and we were proud that this was showcased in the first ever international U.S. tourism commercial.”

Below, a local news story about the men’s involvement.

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  • Kenster999

    Very nice! Nice song… sounds like it could be a Steve Earle song, too. And coming out of the Waldo Tunnel at 1:38 for you Marin/SF folks. :)

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  • Vatican Lokey

    Thanks for linking to my YouTube page for the news story on my husband of 20 years, Edward R. Cox! I’m very proud of him for being involved in this historic spot (originally, it was to have been both of us in the commercial, but a last-minute rescheduling made my participation impossible.) We both visit daily!

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