GMCW announces Southern Equality Tour

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is pleased to announce that this summer, June 2017, following Pride week in DC, GMCW will embark on its first-ever bus tour of the South titled Southern Equality Tour, traveling to states that have discriminatory laws against the LGBTQ community. GMCW will take its message of equality, dignity, and justice to six states over four days. They will partner with local churches, LGBTQ centers, and Pride celebrations to raise awareness and much-needed funds, so these organizations can continue to do the vital work that they do. GMCW’s Southern Equality Tour will bring people together and start conversations while spreading a message of equality through song.

Cities to be visited on the tour include Raleigh, NC; Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Knoxville, TN; and Roanoke, VA.

Among the many tour venues, GMCW will sing at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville, and at UUC Birmingham in Alabama, where they will be joined by the Steel City Men’s Chorus. They will collaborate with the Midlands Men’s Chorus at Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, South Carolina to benefit the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, and raise their voices with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus at the Georgia State Capitol at the invitation of the office of Representative Karla Drenner, the first ever openly gay member of the Georgia General Assembly. GMCW will also appear at Knoxville Pride, side by side with the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus, and will give a benefit concert at the Diversity Center of Roanoke, Virginia.

The tour is incredibly timely and relevant, considering the religious freedom executive order recently signed by the president. GMCW is taking this tour because the news of our being in town can make the difference for that bullied gay kid, or the student who is afraid to come out to his family. They are also taking this tour to stand up to those who are trying to move the clock back on the equality movement.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Executive Director Justin Fyala or Artistic Director Thea Kano, contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at ccipollini@gmcw.org.