By Brittany Doohan
On November 27th, 1978, the newly formed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was scheduled to rehearse — but that day, the earth was shattered under Castro, San Francisco’s feet. Harvey Milk, the city’s first openly gay official, and Mayor George Moscone fell victim to hate — they were both assassinated. That night, instead of moving forward with their scheduled rehearsal, the world’s first openly gay chorus sang in public for the first time on the steps of City Hall — in honor of Harvey.
The next month, the San Francisco Gay Man’s Chorus made their official debut doing holiday shows around the city — and the crowds went wild. Fans knew the impact of the SFGMC was nothing short of moving: These 150 openly gay men singing on stage would change the world forever.
After many exciting tours throughout the nation, the SFGMC inspired people from all over to come out, share their stories and even start their own gay choruses. The SFGMC sparked the inspiration for the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, or GALA Choruses, a global organization which now includes more than 200 groups and over 10,000 members.
In 2004, when San Francisco started to allow same-sex marriage, the chorus met back at the steps of City Hall, where they first blossomed, and sang their hearts out to the public once again.
Today, the SFGMC is still singing all over the city — and the country. Their upcoming shows include Beach Blanket Babylon on June 6th and a concert honoring Harvey Milked called I am Harvey Milk, showing June 26th-28th. Learn more about SFGMC events (and get tickets) here: http://www.sfgmc.org/events/
In the big scheme of things, who knows what’s next for the SFGMC, but for them, “the singing will never be done!”
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
398 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103