The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is responding to the news of Trump’s impending presidency by planning an outreach tour through some of the most conservative areas of the United States.
In the summer of 2018, the Chorus plans to visit Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and possibly additional southern states for a two-week, 40th anniversary “Building Bridges Tour." The ensemble aims to instill hope in members of the LGBTQ community in those places in the wake of the presidential election results, as well as educate people less receptive to gay culture.
"We’re doing this because we’re aware the events of last Tuesday have left many in the LGBTQ community feeling either unsafe or wondering about what their future holds, and if their rights are at stake," says Chris Verdugo, the chorus's executive director. "We in San Francisco and other urban cities are fortunate to have the support of large LGBTQ organizations like GLAAD. These states in the south don't have that kind of support. So it was obvious that we needed to take to our our own backyard and bring a message of hope, equality and perseverance to our brothers and sisters."
Political activism is ingrained of the Gay Men's Chorus' DNA. Last July, the ensemble performed the song “If You Were Gay” from the musical Avenue Q outside the Colorado Springs headquarters of the conservative, christian group Focus on the Family.