our legacy lives
in Golden Gate Park


Help us build 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.

In 2018, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will dedicate 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, an arts portal and monument to our SFGMC brothers in song at the NAMG will open to the public. From there, this memorial will become an arts portal dedicated to musicians and artists we have lost from every discipline. It will also include the names of regional, national and international 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). It is open to all as a permanent reminder of the beauty we lost in these artists.

Positioned at the west entrance to the Grove, the site will also be home to a gorgeous, eight-foot-tall monolith housing a beautiful chime. Visitors may come to the SFGMC memorial, speak a name and ring the beautiful bell. In this way, the sound will carry the memory as far as one can imagine.

We have long dreamed of a lasting tribute to the nearly 300 singers we have lost to the AIDS pandemic. On our 40th birthday, October 27, 2018, we will break ground and make our dream a reality.

You can be a part of this amazing project at one of the following support levels:

Cornerstone $25,000

Champion $10,000

Hero $5,000

Guardian $2,500

Defender $1,000

Partner $500

Friend - gifts up to $500

For information, email n[email protected] or call 415.865.3650.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are the significant dates for creating the monument?

The following dates are open to the public:

August 18 - Volunteer clean up of the memorial site
October 27 - Groundbreaking, 1:00pm
December 1 - Dedication, 11:00am

All donations received by October 31, 2018, will be engraved in time for the official dedication. Donations received after November 1, 2018, will be engraved in 2019.

Q: What benefits are included in the donation?

~ Engraving at the memorial for donations at $1,000 level or higher
~ Inclusion in October and December SFGMC concert playbills*
~ Recognition on SFGMC website

*No concert tickets are included with NAMG donations.

Q: How many letters are allowed in each engraving?

Donors at the $1,000 level or higher may designate a name to be engraved in the circle of stones surrounding the chime. These engravings may be up to 20 characters.

Q: Whose name will be engraved?

Donors may choose to have their own name engraved, select someone specific who has passed, or underwrite a name and SFGMC will select a name from the many heroes lost.

All donors will receive acknowledgment by letter, and recognition in our October and December playbills and online. 

For more information on engravings and memorials, contact us at [email protected].

Q: When will SFGMC celebrate our 40th birthday with a concert?

On Friday, October 26, 2018, at 8 pm, the chorus presents it’s 40th birthday celebration with “Tribute” concert at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Tickets will be available at sfgmc.org.