San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus cancels the world tour to support Americans after election

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Instead of going abroad the chorus decided to perform in so-called red states. Chorus Director Tim Seelig told ABC7news that the choir was planning on celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018 with a global outreach tour, visiting China, Cuba and other countries where LGBT communities face greater challenges. But the election results and the hate crimes which took place after that made them change their minds

‘In response to the election, we decided we have as much work to do at home as we would do abroad. We want to go to those places that are still strongholds of this kind of discrimination and bigotry. And bring our voice. And encourage people there with our music. And also hopefully change some hearts and minds.’ There’s such a change in the energy within the chorus when we started thinking about this,’ added Chorus Chairman Steve Huffines, ‘because all of a sudden we were engaged, we were active, we were committed, we were doing something.’

n a statement on its website, Executive Director Chris Verdugo said, ‘We, as a country, have a long road to travel. Our LGBT youth fear what their future might look like. We have a duty to them and an obligation to protect the freedoms we have rigorously fought for. We believe this tour is a step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion and empathy.’

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