Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

SF gay chorus to visit Prop 8 strongholds

Get ready, Fresno. You’re getting a gay chorus this spring.

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (pictured below) is set to kick off the three-part “2010 California Freedom Tour” on January 30.

The tour will start in Redding, then appear in Chico on January 31, continue in May with shows in Fresno and Bakersfield, and end in July with a concert in Tracy.

The cities are in the Central Valley, where the Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban found some of its biggest support.

“Before Prop 8 passed, we were planning to go to Europe in 2010,” Teddy Witherington, the chorus’s executive director, said in a statement. “The shock of losing our marriage rights caused us to re-think our priorities as an organization. Upon reflection, we have decided to eat our vegetables before having dessert.”

Currently, the chorus has 206 members. Over 100 will participate in the tour.

Chorus member Bud Dillon, born and raised in Redding, stated, “So many people only hear about gay men within the context of heated controversy. The Freedom Tour will help to change that in an incredibly entertaining way. ”

The program will include show tunes, classical selections, and a new piece titled “We are Coming Out.”

The tour is being presented in association with Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) and will team with a local charity in each city.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be split by the local charity and PFLAG.

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— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 21, 2010 @ 4:49 pm PST
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