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.
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 will build and 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. Onsite at the Grove, during our 40th birthday weekend at 11:00 am, October 27, 2018, we will celebrate our progress toward making this dream a reality.
On December 1, World AIDS Day, the Artists Portal and monument to our SFGMC brothers in song at the NAMG will be dedicated and open to the public. The Artists Portal will honor musicians and artists we have lost from every discipline. It will also include 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 will also be 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.
You can be a part of this amazing project at one of the following support levels. Help us reach our goal by October 19, 2018!
Friend - gifts up to $500
*Includes engraving of a designated name (see details below)
For information, email [email protected] or call 415.865.3650.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What are the significant dates for creating the monument?
The following events at the Grove memorial are open to the public:
October 27 - SFGMC 40th Birthday celebration, 11:00am, featuring the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (also founded by Jon Simms and celebrating 40 years of music and inspiration)
December 1 - World AIDS Day Dedication Event, 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 at the center of the Artists Portal. 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, other artists we have lost, or underwrite a name from the many heroes lost selected by SFGMC.
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 it's 40th birthday with a concert?
On Friday, October 26, 2018, at 8 pm, the chorus presents TRIBUTE: Our 40th Birthday concert at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Tickets are available at sfgmc.org.