Today is World AIDS Day - a day to remember those who we have lost, cherish their memories and celebrate their lives, while we continue to build up our community and look for a cure. The Chorus has lost over 300 members to HIV/AIDS since 1981, and we sing for them each time we take the stage.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The Gay Kitchen Sink features the 250 men of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in what promises to be a spectacular, over-the-top Pride Month celebration as only SFGMC can do. In addition, the Chorus welcomes special guest artists the Kinsey Sicks – “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet.”
We are thrilled to announce that the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus has been selected by the public to be this year's Organization Community Grand Marshal for San Francisco Pride. Thank you to all who voted for us - this is a huge honor!