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RHYTHM: Reaching Youth Through Music is a new educational youth outreach program. RHYTHM brings the Chorus into middle and high schools throughout the Bay Area.

Donate today to make the program launch a success! 

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We believe that music has the power to bring people together while empowering and celebrating LGBTQ youth across San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.

Our goals are simple:

  • Encourage students to better understand who they are as individuals
  • Accept and foster LGBTQ youth and their peers to be their authentic selves
  • Guide youth to make positive choices surrounding acceptance
  • Increase awareness that identifying as LGBTQ is not a choice
  • Serve as role models

In California, 87% of LGBTQ of students report hearing “gay” in a negative way.  Eighty-five percent report being verbally harassed and one out of four report being physically harassed. Many LGBTQ students in California do not have access to in-school resources and supports.

RHYTHM reaffirms and supports students in expressing their authentic selves regardless of their sexual orientation. The program also promotes the power of being an ally.

With themes of pride, individualism, anti-bullying, and advocacy, RHYTHM brings students and members of SFGMC together to share our experiences, foster a safe space, and grow from the powerful stories of our past.

By May of 2018 we will have reached 3,500+ students across the Bay Area. We anticipate the program will prompt shifts in students’ attitudes about LGBTQ people and issues. We also hope that these changes in attitude will result in a safer space for LGBTQ students.

Want to book RHYTHM at a school near you? Please contact Young Audiences of Northern California at 415-974-5554, ext. 7262 or send an email to [email protected].

“Imagine if something like [SFGMC] would have come to Jackson, MS when you were 16, maybe you wouldn't have felt so alone..." – A mother to her son on the Lavender Pen Tour
 During our Lavender Pen Tour, we traveled to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN where we met with 40 local high school and college students, encouraging them to express their true identity and live authentic lives. Upon returning to San Francisco, we connected one of the Knoxville high schools' Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) with an Oakland high school GSA to continue growing ties as sister schools. 

During our Lavender Pen Tour, we traveled to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN where we met with 40 local high school and college students, encouraging them to express their true identity and live authentic lives. Upon returning to San Francisco, we connected one of the Knoxville high schools' Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) with an Oakland high school GSA to continue growing ties as sister schools.