The Lavender Pen Tour

This October, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will head to many states throughout the Southern US to create awareness of local anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, partner with local non-profits and LGBTQ+ organizations to build infrastructure and raise money, and promote unity through mission-driven activism and song. 

The Chorus will visit North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama during the nine-day "Lavender Pen Tour." 

Rather than be frustrated and feel disheartened by recent political turmoil, we are taking this opportunity to marshal our mosaic of powerful, positive voices to empower our fellow LGBTQ+ Americans, especially our LGBTQ+ youth. And equally in a hopeful attempt to offer an outstretched hand and have honest dialogue with fellow Americans.

And we will need you!

We need your support to achieve our first fundraising milestone of $50,000.

We, as a country, have a long road to travel and we believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion and empathy.

In 1977, a year before his death, Harvey Milk sponsored a landmark gay civil rights bill. Mayor George Moscone signed that bill into law with a lavender pen given to him by Harvey. The Lavender Pen remains a symbol of the fight for equality for all and the reason the tour has been given that name. It’s time we sign more of those bills across the country and we’ve got the lavender pens to do it!

The Lavender Pen Tour is made possible by generous donations from SFGMC patrons like you.

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To commemorate the launch of the Lavender Pen Tour, the Chorus has released a live video of "Light" from Next to Normal, recorded live this past summer in Denver, CO. 

"When thinking about this tour in the wake of recent political tumult, this song immediately came to mind.  It is a piece that has brought us comfort in dark times. It is our hope it will do that again.” - Dr. Tim Seelig, Artistic Director