This Gay Men's Chorus Is Taking a Stand Against Hate in the Best Way
Huffines's idea: scrap the international jaunt and instead take the chorus down South. "Folks of all stripes live in the South," says Huffines, who grew up the gay son of a minister in Birmingham, Alabama. "But it's also where some of the country's most problematic anti-LGBT legislation is coming from." Within 48 hours of the election, Huffines's vision sprouted choir-wide support. "We needed to combat fear with compassion," says SFGMC executive director Chris Verdugo, "and we can muster a lot of that." More than 220 singers' worth, to be exact. All are either fundraising or paying their own way to join the tour, which kicks off October 7 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and then goes to Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.
The ambitious itinerary includes five benefit concerts, proceeds from which will go to local civil rights organizations. The group might raise eyebrows, but they'll be keeping a song in their heart. Says Verdugo, "We're bringing the biggest of olive branches: music."
Learn more about SFGMC's fall tour at the SFGMC.org.