Upworthy: What happens when a gay men's choir tours the Deep South?  This one decided to find out.

Upworthy: What happens when a gay men's choir tours the Deep South?  This one decided to find out.

On a sultry October day in Selma, Alabama, about 300 members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in identical purple shirts. The iconic bridge where civil rights leaders famously stood against racism has seen a lot in its day. But nothing quite like this.

Huffington Post: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Flies South to Fight Bigotry

Huffington Post: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Flies South to Fight Bigotry

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is going on tour this fall – prepare yourselves for a very gay October.

If you’ve ever watched the group, you know they will brighten up the grayest of days and the dullest of sports games. One of the many prides of San Francisco, SFGMC will continue spreading positivity this fall in a place that may need it most – the South.

O Magazine: This Gay Men's Chorus Is Taking a Stand Against Hate in the Best Way

O Magazine: This Gay Men's Chorus Is Taking a Stand Against Hate in the Best Way

A year ago, members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) believed they were going places—faraway places, like Cuba, maybe, or China. They were coming up on their 40th season, and the milestone deserved a landmark tour. Then came the presidential election—and with it, the fear that the gay rights high of the past few decades could collapse. SFGMC board chairman Steve Huffines was alarmed by that chilling notion. "I wasn't concerned with liberals versus conservatives," says Huffines (rhymes with lines), who sings bass in the group. "I was worried about the normalization of hatred."

HRC Blog: Singing in the Face of Fear

HRC Blog: Singing in the Face of Fear

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) are raising their voices for empowerment, acceptance and harmony this coming week as they head to the Deep South on their first-ever Lavender Pen Tour. Through community outreach activities and nightly concerts, they hope to inspire solidarity and love in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The group of more than 200 will also be holding a rally for equality on the steps of Mississippi's State Capitol in Jackson, marching in song over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and holding outreach programs with youth along their five-state journey.

TimeOut SF: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus kicks off its 40th Season with a tour through the country's reddest states

TimeOut SF: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus kicks off its 40th Season with a tour through the country's reddest states

First, a history lesson: In 1977, a year before his death, Harvey Milk (the country’s first openly gay elected politician) sponsored a landmark LGBTQ civil rights bill. Mayor George Moscone signed that bill into law with a lavender pen that Milk gifted to him.

In honor of that purple pen, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus—its first public appearance was at Milk’s candlelit vigil—kicks off its 40th season this October with a two-week tour through Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and more of the country’s reddest states. Dubbed the Lavender Pen Tour, it will see the ensemble use uplifting music to instill hope in Southern LGBTQ communities as well as educate people who may be less accepting of gay culture.

"Elfstravaganza" - December 8-9, 2017 - Tickets On Sale Now!

"Elfstravaganza" - December 8-9, 2017 - Tickets On Sale Now!

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director have announced the holiday performances for Season 40: Unstoppable, featuring three performances of Elfstravaganza, running December 8-9 at the Nourse Theater (275 Hayes St, San Francisco). Performances are Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25-99 and are available now on www.SFGMC.org or by calling City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

SFGMC Welcomes Mitch Galli as Educational Outreach + Music Services Manager

SFGMC Welcomes Mitch Galli as Educational Outreach + Music Services Manager

Today, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), under the leadership of Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, and Christopher Verdugo, Executive Director, announced the hire of Mitch Galli as SFGMC’s new Educational Outreach and Music Services Manager.“There could not be a more perfect person to join the SFGMC team at this time,” writes Dr. Timothy Seelig. “Mitch comes to us from public school music education to help us launch our educational outreach to Bay Area youth. We are so lucky to have such a dynamic musician leading the way.”

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents "Paradise Found" - March 30-April 1 at Herbst Theatre

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents "Paradise Found" - March 30-April 1 at Herbst Theatre

Paradise Found features the 250 men of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the spectacular choral sound for which they are known, and a cavalcade of surprises along the way. SFGMC’s trademark sound will be on full display with several world-premiere pieces, cherished favorites and must-see production numbers. In addition, the Chorus welcomes the international sensation Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Dance Company.

Crescendo - SFGMC's Signature Fundraiser - March 12, 2017

Crescendo - SFGMC's Signature Fundraiser - March 12, 2017

This year, Crescendo — SFGMC's signature fundraising event — is getting a makeover! 

After a decade, our signature brunch is growing into a full-fledged gala. Join us at the stunning Ritz-Carlton San Francisco for an evening bursting with fabulous — from a very special celebrity host to champagne, cocktails, must-have auction items and dancing. Don’t miss a single moment!

SFGMC Holiday Concert Tickets - On Sale Now!

SFGMC Holiday Concert Tickets - On Sale Now!

Today, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, announced the holiday performances for Season 39: Community, featuring three performances of Babes in Joyland, running December 9-10 at the Nourse Theater (275 Hayes St, San Francisco). Performances are Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25-70 and are available now on www.SFGMC.org or by calling City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

SFGMC Announces 2017 Outreach Tour + Video Response to Election

SFGMC Announces 2017 Outreach Tour + Video Response to Election

Recognizing a rapidly shifting climate in the United States marked by an increase in dangerous and divisive rhetoric against vulnerable minority populations, such as the LGBTQ community, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has announced the launch of its 2017 “Lavender Pen Freedom Tour.” In an effort to reaffirm its ever-present message of equality and inclusiveness, and the value in treating all individuals – irrespective of differences – with dignity, the Chorus will take their message across several southern states.