COLORADO: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Sings If You Were Gay At Focus On The Family HQ [VIDEO]

Just in via email:

Today, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus – with Artistic Director Dr. Tim Seelig- visited the international headquarters of Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, CO.

This was part of an outreach extension tour SFGMC is doing, following the quadrennial GALA Choruses Festival, which brings together over 160 LGBT choruses from North America and beyond every four years.

This year, GALA Festival was held in Denver, and so SFGMC decided to head to Colorado Springs after the conclusion of the Festival to perform a benefit concert for local LGBT charities. We are joined by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and Out Loud: Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus.

Today, we also joined with Out Loud and DGMC to be the first openly gay choruses to ever perform at the Air Force Academy Chapel. It was stunning to have over 250 voices in that space!

We decided to sing “If You Were Gay” from Avenue Q for this “festive” occasion at Focus on the Family…

  • AW

    Wonderful, Wonderful. There isn’t a more appropriate place for them to perform. Brava!

  • William

    I’m surprised FotF didn’t turn the sprinklers on.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojnv3fegkfM

    • David Walker

      PerKKKins, release the hounds.

  • Joe in PA

    Ab. Fab. That is all.

  • another_steve

    Our lesbian and gay choruses do very important educational and outreach work.

    Support your local chorus.

    • rabbit_ears

      They don’t need my support singing, believe me. 😉

      • There’s always plenty of quiet but important work in an organization like that, though.

        • Lois Gordon

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        • Patricia Carson

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      • another_steve

        Hear ya, girl. I was a first tenor in my high school glee club. Many many decades later, my voice still hasn’t butch-ened up.

        Been waitin’ all these years.

        To no avail.

        • rabbit_ears

          Maybe we can start our own “Bad Gay Men’s Choir”. We could be the warm up act to make the real choir sound extra wonderful. Or at least serve as a comedy routine.

          • another_steve

            Lol. Love that.

            Here’s one for old NYC fags reading here: I attended Brooklyn Technical High School before it went co-ed. Thousands and thousands of gorgeous teenage boys. (Don’t get me started.)

            When the school’s principal left, the school’s glee club (of which I was a member) sang at the ceremony honoring him and the new school principal. We sang, literally, two feet behind then-Mayor John Lindsay, who had come to the school to honor both men. Quite the hottie then, John Lindsay.

            Old NYC fags reading here, please give me a fuckin’ upvote for my testimony.

          • bkmn

            If you do I will chip in to help you go to Colorado Springs.

          • fuzzybits

            If they ever start filming episodes of Lurid Digs you could provide the background music! 😁

        • BearEyes

          I had to “break” my voice to make it any lower.
          I remember as a teenager calling the firehouse so I could talk to my Dad and the dispatcher responded “yes, ma’m”.
          I was determined to do something and fortunately it worked.

          • Nic Peterson

            I still sound like I throw like a girl. My pitching arm improved greatly but that’s all.

        • Ray Taylor

          So sing higher, very fashionable these days.

        • SelectFromWhere

          Trust me, Tenors of any sort are in high demand in men’s (or mixed M/W) choruses! The director can teach you technique.

          • another_steve

            Sweet of you, hon. Thanks.

            I enjoy singing and would probably join a queer chorus were it not for the distance issue. I live a distance away from the nearest chorus here. I’m gettin’ on in years and driving — particularly at night — is an issue.

            But sweet of you to say what you did. 😉

      • No but they do need an audience. They might even need some tech crew people.

      • witch

        Well my horse liked my singing, but he was the only one

      • Ginger Snap

        I was dropped from my school chorus in 5th grade because I suck. I do think the teacher used a better description but yeah I can’t sing which is why I’m a Drag Queen and lip sync.

    • Americanish

      The stickleback becomes little more than a living car that drives the worm to the heated pools that it prefers.

      “To ensure that it completes its life cycle, the tapeworm manipulates the behaviour of its stickleback host. The fish becomes less averse to risks, more likely to swim alone, and less likely to flee from a predator. With such a laissez-faire attitude, it inevitably gets eaten by a bird.”

      Of course you believe you do what you do because you will it.

    • Cuberly

      It’d be nice if there was, uh, a more inclusive face in that crowd.

      I know what I’m talking about. Former members, and some that auditioned and were denied membership. Odd how there’s a perpetual recycling of the same members over years and years….does everyone have to audition every year? Is there a standard to be met vs a clique to maintain?

      Not a fan of that clique, not by a long shot.

      Yeah, I’m gonna get slapped for this, have at it. Don’t give a shit.

      • Dan England

        Hi Cuberly,

        I’m a member of the audition committee for the chorus. During the last couple of seasons we’ve had an average of 60 people auditioning for 30 spots. We have a maximum cap of 300 singers due to space limitations. Most audition classes present a range of age, race, economic, and novice and professional experiences. We have straight, bisexual and transgender men in the chorus. We are very proud of this. From the tone of the email, perhaps you had a negative experience. We sure would like the opportunity to listen to you again. Auditions are in August.

        • Cuberly

          Dan, it’s ok that I’m not a fan. My comment is what it is.

          I’ve lived primarily in the bay area since 1988. To try and relate every interaction or experience I’ve had to come to my opinion would be exhausting and I’m really not that concerned. In fact I knew I shouldn’t have said anything.

          If you feel the chorus is perfect the way it is, more power to you.

          • Dan England

            Oh we are far from perfect, but we do try. In addition to the big chorus I also sing and bratvoz in the sfgmc ensemble SWAG whose mission is to outreach to the underserved minority LGBT community. The majority of the members of SWAG are black and Filipino. We sang for Rosa Parks elementary and for Martin Luther King just this season. Our dedication to the Orlando shootings was narrated in Spanish.

            Again we are not perfect but we do try.

          • Cuberly

            That’s excellent. Great to hear.

            First to admit the current cost of living in the bay area would be a major handicap in broadening inclusion.

            I don’t wish any members of the SFGMC ill, hardly.

            When you hear questionable experiences it’s a blemish, then you hear another one, another blemish. Yada yada….but I get your challenge and I understand you’re working on it.

          • SelectFromWhere

            Yes, I was at Festival and noticed SWAG, which I believe is a new ensemble? Almost all POC.

          • Dan England

            Yup. the leadership of SWAG consists of 2 black guys and a filipino. We have 16 Members of SWAG: 6 black guys, 6 white guys, 3 Filipinos and 1 of Mexican heritage. Most of the music we sing is Gospel and R&B. Most of the outreach we do in the San Francisco, Oakland and Berkley areas.

        • NancyP

          I might point out that MOST LGBT choruses don’t have highly competitive auditions simply because there isn’t the LGBT population base of a SF or NYC in most cities.

      • another_steve

        I imagine that maintaining an atmosphere of inclusiveness and keeping a chorus representative of the racial/ethnic makeup of the home city is a challenge for all choruses.

        Racially, Washington D.C. is something like 40 percent white but its Gay Men’s Chorus has always been overwhelmingly white. I’ve observed some improvement in that over the years, but from a racial/ethnic perspective the chorus is still not representative of the city’s gay male community.

        I’m pretty sure it’s not for want of trying to make the chorus more reflective of the community. The challenges there must be substantial, for a host of subtle and complex sociological reasons.

        • Cuberly

          Very valid point. Considering the changes SF has undergone over the past 12 years or so I’d say it’d be even more difficult.

          • pch1013

            SFGMC is significantly more diverse than the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is.

        • NancyP

          There’s also the issue of music programming. If there isn’t much diversity in musical style, there may not be much diversity in personnel willing to sing the program.

      • josephsinger

        And what has been your contribution other than snark? I thought so.

      • SelectFromWhere

        Unfortunately a lot of groups like this do not so much actively deny membership on race (in fact, almost any Arts organization seeks out racial diversity, if only because most grant applications etc ask for it) but if a group is already predominately white, then it makes it less likely that a nonwhite person will want to join. It’s not always the group’s fault; they only have the ones who come forward, to work with.

        Also, remember that this is not the full SFGMC chorus, just those who a) went to the Denver festival and b) were able to stay behind a couple of extra days to make this side trip. And, I believe the two Colorado choruses and some others joined them.

        • Cuberly

          You make valid points.

  • AtticusP

    Wonderful.

    I saw the SFGMC in San Francisco in 1997 at a critical point in my life.

    They performed at the Borders Bookstore, (Market Street?) singing a medley of ABBA songs from the CD they were releasing at the time: “ExtrABBAganza”.

    These men made a big difference in my life and, nearly 20 years later, I am still very grateful.

    • tcinsf

      The ExtrABBAganza show was awesome. I saw it, in the office the next day one of the pinheads I worked with at the time asked if they did “Dancing Queen.”
      Really? You’re asking if a gay men’s chorus doing an Abba show performed “Dancing Queen?”

    • Robincho

      They’ve always been a treasure. Now, under Tim Seelig, the only thing that limits them is the fucking skies themselves!…

  • Natty Enquirer

    Tim’s sense of humor is nicely intact.

  • KCMC

    wow. that almost completely fixes the FOtF pray-the-gay-away counselor my parents sent me to in Denver many years ago.
    Way to Go, Guys!!!

    • Cboulder

      I think the parents of the lesbian from the documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So” we’re fans of Dobson and company. I think the mother of that woman expressed regret that she tuned in to Dobson’s shows so regularly after her daughter hanged herself. Nothing like suicide to open people’s eyes

    • Robincho

      In your case, the vaccines obviously didn’t take, and you had the presence of mind to throw the Kool-Aid™ into the nearest potted plastic palm… Con-
      gratulations, sir, on having made it out alive… (And btw, that “counsellor” is probably still fapping over you to this day.)…

  • Bryan

    Choral terrorism!
    Ha, no, this is great.

  • BearEyes

    We are family too.
    Thank you, SFGMC.

  • oikos

    Just another example of the extreme oppression xtians face in today’s evil secular world.

    • BearEyes

      yes, it’s just so horrible when ~80% of the population are persecuted beyond all humane extremes.

      • boatboy_srq

        Except by Xtians’ own math (and definitions if you press them) the number is far smaller. Which comes as a surprise to all the gullible Christians the Xtians fool into supporting them.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        But xians ARE persecuted–by other xian sects.

        • oikos

          As Jeebus commanded.

          • JT

            And then start attacking your own.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i’m gonna start a gofuckme campaign for them

      • oikos

        Your selflessness is one of your most admirable attributes.

        • Robincho

          That Candidate Sandwich, he’s a giver all right… 😉

    • m_lp_ql_m

      “Dear SFGMC, I’m sorry… I just realized your in same sex relationships and we do not listen to music sung by same sex people…I’m so sorry. I wasn’t aw
      are of this exactly until I saw your page. Take care:)”

  • Michael Rush

    Is there time for a rousing version of ” Suck it bitches ” ?

  • KathleenM1

    That’s way more than those pinched, spiteful, small-minded Christians deserve.

  • TuuxKabin
  • Cboulder

    Does anyone remember the comedian who sang a song in his bit called ” If I was gay?” It was kind of funny and kind of phobic, does anyone know who it was?

  • David A. Lalone

    Wow, that was fast lol, I’m the guy above the M in “family” lol. That was so invigorating!

    • David Walker

      Cool! Inspired! Wonderful! Thank you.

    • Bad Tom

      WAY COOL! Thank you for helping.

  • Mark

    ok.ok.ok. I suppose singing on their sign has better value. I usually just encourage pissing on it.

  • Bluto

    very nice, but they should of finished by a group piss on the sign.

  • Pip

    Every time I drive by the road sign on the highway that points them out I have to spit at it. Doesn’t do much at 75 mph, but it makes me feel better.

    • DAMN! They have a highway sign? FFS!

      • David Walker

        Srsly.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Needs some Freedom Holes.

      • stuckinthewoods

        I’m surprised they have a visitor’s center. What do you see there?

        • bkmn

          It’s not what you see. They hoover your pockets for bills and loose change.

        • Robincho

          I dunno. Other visitors, maybe?…

        • coram nobis

          You can probably buy souvenirs, paperweights, biblical tchotchkes and such. Probably all made in China.

        • RobynWatts

          A shrine of Don Wildmon’s glory hole being carted around by luggage lifters?

        • FancyThat

          Ted Haggard’s massive ministry salary tanked after his megachurch down the road from FOTF gave him a lovely pink slip after learning of his fetish for rough trade meth massages and extended casino hotel masturbation practice sessions with young area rentboys and youth leaders in his church.

          Ted eventually tried Celebrity Wife-swap along with an outreach barnyard ministry for ‘truckers and society outcasts’ to fund his family’s uprooted posh digs. Nowadays, you might accidentally encounter him as an official ‘hospitality greeter’ at FOTF, or at one of the public rest stops just north of town. FOTF Hsead Jim Daly, James Dobson, or the charismatic Mr. Haggard (the trinity affectionately known as “Jimmy-Jimmy-Cocopuff”) practically bend over backward to make visitors feel at home. Oral Roberts U doesn’t even compare to this campus.

          • stuckinthewoods

            Oh my. That’s so much more interesting than what I’d thought. I figured maybe they’d display a “traditional family” in a petting zoo.

        • SelectFromWhere

          Probably like one of those “Hell Houses” showing the evils of the world if you are anybody but one of them.

      • bkmn

        That way the other grifters know where to find all the easy marks…I mean morons.

      • Silver Badger

        Yep. They put Colorado Springs back on the map don’tcha know. The town would be better off with less recognition and more self respect, but Denver has always taken a superior attitude to the Springs. They are really no better than they should be, after all.

        • Robincho

          My favorite paternal uncle and aunt are buried there, relics of a lovely, decent resort town nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak

          In other words, before it became the adopted home of retired Archie Bunker military types, and well before the Invasion of the Mind Snatchers™…

          Now it’s a shithole with way better scenery than it deserves, and thanks to the baggers who’ve eliminated all those pesky goddamn taxes, it can’t even light its downtown streets…

      • Robincho

        And at the end of the off-ramp, there’s a Ye Olde Gifte Shoppe™ that sells just tons of shit that you and your travelling family cannot live without for one more second!…

        • josephsinger

          Don’t you mean grift shoppe?

      • NO MORE GOP!

        It’s a warning sign.

    • Blake J Butler

      I understand signs for attractions like Disney World, but for a religious organization ? thats just creepy, like looking at souless duggar smiles.

      • And I’m willing to bet the sign was put up at taxpayers expense.

    • bkmn

      I would consider stopping to piss on it.

    • Treant

      I’d be tempted to stop by some late night at 3 AM and use some paint to change the sign: “Focus on the Genitals.”

    • Kruhn

      Shouldn’t that sign be brown as it is a tourist destination? This is not a public building or town.

    • Robincho

      It’s the thought that counts…

    • Rick Zajac

      A chainsaw would take care of that.

  • Six Pins Delores

    Well done! 🙂

  • Octavio

    🙂

  • billbear1961
    • Treant

      I didn’t know Wilford Brimley could play the clarinet.

      • billbear1961

        That’s an oboe, sweet T.

        🙂

        • DumbHairyApe

          He could blow my clarinet.

  • SoCalVet

    These men could teach Jesus something about turning the other cheek.

  • BobSF_94117

    We don’t like them showing up and making a scene at our locations and celebrations, so why do it to them?

    • David Walker

      Because they’re there.

    • pch1013

      If you actually think there is a moral equivalency between hateful Christo-fascist bigots and singing gays, you probably wouldn’t understand.

      • ohbear1957

        I wouldn’t define “making a scene” as these lovely men who sing and offer a lovely message of love to the world – and express love to one another by kissing.
        Query: Do the members of gay men’s choruses always kiss at the end of every song?
        If so, Second Query: Can anyone recommend a really good singing instructor?

      • Silver Badger

        No need to be nasty. I think it was a fair question and deserved a civil response.

      • BobSF_94117

        Of course there’s no moral equivalence. I just don’t want them to have any encouragement to keep up their assholery. And you know THEY see a moral equivalence, not to mention martyrdom whenever we’re “mean” to them.

        • Circ09

          FOTF don’t need any encouragement. The sun coming out each day is encouragement enough for them to feign Xtian victimhood and to persecute others. This was just a little dick-wave of acknowledgement.

    • M Jackson

      Because we don’t like them showing up and making a scene at our locations and celebrations.

    • Silver Badger

      They weren’t at Focus On Family proper. I believe the sign is away from the buildings a fair distance. As far as political statements go, this was much nicer than they have been to us on many occasions.

  • Acronym Jim

    Now all they need to do is find the Focus on the Family’s “Rod” their very own “Ricky.”

  • JT
    • JCF

      But EWWW, in a Duggar context…

  • David From Canada

    This reminds me of another amusing incident. A number of years ago when miserable politician Jesse Helms was still alive, the documentary maker Michael Moore found out the hotel he was staying at on a trip, and the fun began. He brought a Gay Men’s Chorus to the hotel and had them sing under Jesse’s window for quite some time. I would have loved to have been there!

    • Sam_Handwich

      Jesse was a disgusting pig, but also the name of my favorite Roberta Flack song

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPoZRJP1ZH8

      • David From Canada

        I have that song and it is beautiful. Roberta Flack also had a gorgeous hit song called “Making Love” from the groundbreaking gay themed movie of the same name from the 1980’s.

        • J S

          I went to a movie theatre by myself and saw “Making Love” and when the big climatic moment came, and two men actually kissed full on the mouth on the big screen, the audience all groaned and made sick sounds and booed. It was just awful. I thought I would get some affirmation from the big screen, instead I got really freaked out by the audience, and it was a totally awful experience. Things have changed a lot.

          • David From Canada

            I saw it twice at the time, and the exact same thing happened. The audience became very homophobic at the kissing scene, which I found disturbing.
            To make matters worse, the second time I saw it with a friend, a young black girl was sitting in front of us. When she turned around and saw us she became abusive verbally and then got up and moved because she didn’t want to sit near us because we were gay.
            Since she was also a member of a minority I was stunned that she was so rude. It was all very stressful, to say the least.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Had you only known the power of “Bye, Felicia!” at that time.

          • NO MORE GOP!

            I told the teenaged girls in front of me – fairly loudly – to “speak for yourself, girls, that was beautiful!” 🙂

          • JCF

            I remember something like that happened in the theater when I saw the movie “Deathtrap”—when Michael Caine kissed Christopher Reeve. “Say it ain’t so, Superman!” someone called out. }-/

        • djcoastermark

          I was lucky I guess, as I want to see it in the gayborhood theater where I lived. Needless to say, it was a good experience.

    • SoCalGal20

      That was from TV Nation! Here’s the segment.

      https://youtu.be/fd62dptmpBk

      • Kruhn

        I wish he’d lived long enough to have seen the Obgerfell decision. Him dying of apoplexy would have warmed the cockles of my heart.

        I know it’s wrong to be that hateful towards your fellow human being, but Helms was a piece of work, plus I remember the end of the video essay (I don’t call them documentaries because they’re advancing an argument) Dear Jesse where a young Matthew Shepard was interviewed. Seeing his take on how his Senator (I believe he was from North Carolina) knowing what eventually happened to him thanks to the rhetoric espoused by one Jesse Helms made my blood boil.

  • bkmn

    I fully expect them to use footage of this to put out a money beg since they are being oppressed by the SFGMC.

  • Capritaur

    Génial!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Perfection.

  • coram nobis

    Speaking of family, here’s today’s news regarding Chelsea Manning.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/08/chelsea-manning-hospitalized-secrecy

    Something peculiar is going on — but at least the Guardian is paying attention.

    • Silver Badger

      A quick execution would have been kinder. 35 years of hell is cruel and unusual punishment. I didn’t support Chelsea as I think of her as a traitor. I wouldn’t wish her punishment on anyone.

    • Sam_Handwich

      hi

      • coram nobis

        She’s coming up for appellate review, first at the Army and then at the US Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, and the USCAAF has been known to quash verdicts if tainted by command influence or failures of due process. She has a chance if she survives for the two years or so it’ll take to go through.

        • Six Pins Delores

          Sounds like they are doing their worst to break her

          • coram nobis

            They’ve been doing that since her arrest in May 2010. So far she’s still with us, but even so, this is happening on this administration’s watch.

          • Six Pins Delores

            Thank You for regularly posting about her status

      • coram nobis

        I had that problem as well, which is why I’m posting the reply in an odd spot.

        Am I on a list?

  • nowhereman

    Too cool for school! More, please.

  • That’s a mighty impressive sign you got there FOTF. Wonder how many cat food dinners were purchased so you could have that?

    • billbear1961

      Cat food–or dog food–dinners sound like EXACTLY the right kind of diet for the haters, Stogie.

      Not for their “fearless leaders,” though.

      Of course not–THEY dine on BLOOD.

  • I think this is why we are winning. Think about it. Who do you want living next door or working in the next cubicle: one of those fun guys in the video above or one of the self-righteous judgmental hypocrites from Focus on the Family. Not much of a choice is it? We have won acceptance from a majority of Americans for being ourselves day in and day out in the neighborhood, at work, etc. Yes, some of the organizations did great work but I think the real work happened one person at a time day in and day out. Thank you to all the people who came out when it was a lot harder than it was when I finally did it.

    • TuuxKabin

      No doubt about it. I’d rather have one of those guys from the Carmen Miranda video living next door.

  • Gigi

    I wish I could sing.

  • Octavio

    A suggestion for the SF choir’s next performance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHJLm6WNEv4

    • billbear1961

    • billbear1961

      Let me try that AGAIN!

      • TuuxKabin

        Got a nice lei there.

    • Kruhn

      I see your Carmen and raise you a Daffy Duck.

      https://youtu.be/hUIEc8cOZyw

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      You know her platform shoes were hollow and filled with cocaine, right?

      I’m constantly amazed when I read the real history of what was going on behind the scenes in Hollywood back then. It was very un-Hays-Code.

      • Octavio

        One of the best things to come from the Hays Code was the incredibly clever ways writers and directors got even more salacious messages across with metaphor and innuendo. The films of the 40s, especially, are heavy with unspoken stuff frequently done with artistic lighting. But you have to pay attention. 🙂

    • Ginger Snap

      Carmen is always a stunning vision.

      • Octavio

        She were darn pretty. Sadly, she died of a heart attack at only 45 years-old.
        🙁

  • billbear1961
    • Sam_Handwich

      i know cuz i was there, Mister Bear!

      • billbear1961

        That damned song always chokes me up, candidate Handwich.

        • Ross

          Whenever I hear the song, I think of the 1998 movie Déjà Vu, where the song figures in a lovely scene. As do the cliffs.

      • billbear1961

        It was Shy Guy who reminded me of this song when he told the bear who Dame Vera Lynn was.

        🙂

    • unsavedheathen

      My favorite version of this beautiful song.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofg8vUDGWQI

  • Lois Gordon

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    • andrew

      It’s amazing that Disqus can’t keep crap like this off this site. Recently i referred to former President Nixon by calling him “Tricky D#ck” and got banned (put in “Pending”) and quoted a post on Towleroad which had used the same word that got me banned: T#tties. Crazy.

  • Robincho

    Rarely have more pearls been cast before more swine… Bravissimi, ragazzi!…

  • doug van boven

    love always conquers hate but love does not include calling these people swine. They’re humans, they’re us and when we see that, they will see us as them.

    • Steve Teeter

      Love conquers hate, but that doesn’t mean love mustn’t be careful. Just finished reading a bio of Alfred Rosenberg, the idea man and chief writer behind Hitler’s Nazi Party. Fascinating to read a history of those years from an insider’s perspective.

      But what I always think about WWII is that if Hitler hadn’t been so stupid as to attack the USSR and declare war on the US at the same time he was trying to conquer western Europe and Great Britain, instead of waiting to take them on one at a time, he might have pulled it off.

      Institutionalized hate came too close to winning. Love must be careful.

  • GanymedeRenard
  • andrew

    Wow. 160 Gay Choruses in North America, That’s awesome. We have two in Philly that are well regarded.

    • David Milley

      Three: Anna Crusis Women’s Choir (SSAA), Philadelphia Voices of Pride (SATB), and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (TTBB). We have an embarrassment of riches.

  • David Milley

    I just spent a week in Denver at GALA, the quadrennial festival for LGBT choruses across the country, with some representation from around the globe, from Cuba, from Ireland and Germany, and from China. I joined hands with hundreds of my brothers and sisters as we joined with the Orlando Gay Chorus in singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” I witnessed a thousand people weeping together, standing together in commitment and pride.

    I heard the story Glenda and Lauree, first shared with the world on NPR’s StoryCorp, set to music, in a song that wrenched tears from the eyes of all assembled, and we watched Glenda Elliot stand before us as proof of the power of our undying love.

    I watched an assembled chorus of more than two hundred recreate the passion and fury and joy of “Naked Man,” the song cycle that first struck fire in the LGBT choral world in 1996.

    Look, here, even today, two days after the festival ended, San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus stuck their thumb in the eye of the Family “Research” Council.

    We sing out, we sing proud, we sing for our lives. Here’s why we sing:

  • Chayste in LA

    Go, boys, go!!! <3

  • JT

    Where has everyone gone? I’ll have to entertain myself.
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  • Patricia Carson

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