Thank you to all the donors who generously


our legacy lives
in Golden Gate Park


a permanent monument in memory

of our brothers in song at the National

AIDS Memorial Grove

Only three years into the life of the Chorus, AIDS burst onto the scene changing all of our lives forever. Since then, the Chorus has lost almost 300 singers to the ravages of HIV/AIDS and continues its tireless efforts in spreading awareness and fighting the disease and its stigma. 

In 1988, another group of passionate San Francisco residents decided to create a lasting memorial to the men and women who were dying every day. Through their herculean efforts, combined with the determination of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, they broke ground in 1991 in an open space at Golden Gate Park. In 1996, it became the National AIDS Memorial Grove (NAMG), the first permanent AIDS memorial in the United States.

We have long dreamed of creating a lasting tribute to those we have lost to the AIDS pandemic. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has now built a permanent memorial within the Grove in memory of those singers who no longer stand on stage but whose voices still resound in our hearts and lives.

On December 1, World AIDS Day, the Artists Portal and monument to our SFGMC brothers in song at the NAMG was dedicated and open to the public. The Artists Portal honors musicians and artists we have lost from every discipline. It also includes the names of regional, national and international LGBTQ and arts organizations which have also lost members. The first of those to be represented are members of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA).

Positioned at the west entrance to the Grove, the site is also a home to a gorgeous Emperor Chime for visitors to ring and let the sound carry the memory of friends and family as far as one can imagine.

Photos by Gooch

Steps to the Artists Portal in National AIDS Memorial Grove

Steps to the Artists Portal in National AIDS Memorial Grove


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I make a donation and add an engraving to the Artists Portal?

Please contact the National AIDS Memorial Grove for future donations and engravings. The mid-year cut-off date is June 28.

National AIDS Memorial Grove SFGMC Artists Portal dedication on World AIDS Day December 1, 2018

National AIDS Memorial Grove SFGMC Artists Portal dedication on World AIDS Day December 1, 2018



Financial contributions from the following individuals, LGBTQ choruses, and allied organizations were instrumental in giving life to the memorial.

Cornerstone ($25,000+)

Terrence Chan + Edward Sell


Hero ($5,000+)

Joseph Bondi
Paul Saccone + Ryan Knight
Justin Taylor


Guardian ($2,500+)

Jaime Caban + Rob Mitchell
Stephen P. Hanten
Steve Gallagher + Chris Thorne
Gary Richards + Cecil Johnson


Defender ($1,000+)


Tiffany, Dan + Sadie Apczynski
Sal Baglieri + Peter Cirincione
Mike Bankert + John Tease
Fred Baumer + Phillip Browning
Dale Becherer + Cole P. Kinney
Derek Blechinger + Andrew Conard
Jim Bohanon + Larry Fleck
Them Bui + Jim Hill
Tom Burch + Neil Austin
Bruce Carpenter
Joe Castrovinci
Lloyd + Janet Cluff
Rick Crane + Warwick Bentley
Joe Czuberki
Jay Davidson + Kevin O'Neill
Erick Diffin + Jomo Moir
Bud Dillon
Sean Dowdall + David Landis
Peter + Jared Drake
Dan England + Dr. Tim Seelig
Adrian Fischer + Soo Choi
John Foertsch
Robbie Frederick + Andrew Marsh
Steve Gallagher + Chris Thorne
Jim Gibson
Jason + Stephen Harpster Andersen
Steven Huffines + Daniel McCurdy
Cynthia + Jerry Johnston
Louis Kelly
Randy Laroche + David Laudon
Dr. Jay Lalezari
Stephen Luppino
Cam McLoed + Jeff Damon
Gary + David Mendelson Varela
Keith Pepper + Ken Raith
Curtis Ponzi
Jamie Rawson
Eddie Reynolds, Jr. + Herman Correa
Gary Richards
Bob Rufo
Donald Ruthroff + Jonathan Kronn
Mark Short
Michael Tate + Simon O'Mahony
Christopher Verdugo
Gary Welch

Partner ($500+)

Andrew Lippa + Tom Regouski
James McCrea + Gregory Jurin
Marilyn Stewart
Tracy Tuenge



Richard Brabham
Gerald Deighton
Roseanne de Vries
Susan Feder
Paul Frantz
Peter Franzi
Jonathan Funk + John Arnold
Barbara Hodgen
William Hughes
Dan Joraanstad + Robert Hermann
Lynn Kormondy
Jessica McMillan
Mauricio Montano
Scott Nelson
Mike Oliver + Rodney Wade
Michael Ring
Pam Sammons
Allan Treuter
Terry + Lisa Viall
Mike Volis
Michael Wright + Brian Roby
Kasi + Craig Zieminski


LGBTQ Choruses


ANNA Crusis Women's Choir

Asheville Gay Men's Chorus

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus

Boston Gay Men's Chorus

Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

City of Festivals Men’s Chorus

Coro Allegro

Denver Gay Men's Chorus

Denver Women’s Chorus

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Golden Gate Men’s Chorus

Heartland Men's Chorus

International Voices Houston

Kansas City Women’s Chorus

Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus

LanSINGout Gay Men’s Chorus

Lesbian and Gay Chorus of SF

Maine Gay Men's Chorus

Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus

Men's Chorus of the Ozarks

Mid America Freedom Band

Modern Men Coachella Valley Men's Chorus

New York City Gay Men's Chorus

North Coast Men’s Chorus

Oakland Gay Men's Chorus

One Voice Mixed LGBT Chorus MN

Orlando Gay Chorus

OurSong Atlanta

Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus

Reveille Men's Chorus

River City Mixed Chorus

Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

Seattle Men's Chorus

Seattle Women's Chorus

Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus

The Stonewall Chorale

Turtle Creek Chorale

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus

VOICES of Kentuckiana

West Coast Singers

Windy City Performing Arts

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas

Allied Organizations


ACFEA Tour Consultants

American Choral Directors Association

Chorus America

First Baptist Church Greenville SC

GALA Choruses