August 28, 2017
Since January, and even well before that, we have witnessed a near constant assault on virtually every group that can be referred to as ‘other.’ We have heard hateful rhetoric about women, people with disabilities, immigrants, people of color, queer youth, transgender people, people of different faiths, especially those of Jewish and Muslim religions, and sexual minorities. Even as I write this letter, President Trump is seeking to exclude trans people from serving in the military and to deny currently-serving trans military personnel the medical treatment they require and deserve. Seemingly the only people who are safe are those who share in that hate of the ‘other.’ Even in DC and the surrounding areas, there are increased reports of hate crimes and attacks. These messages of hate have many paralyzed with fear and anger, wondering what we can do.
What this hate has not done and will not do is diminish our voice. Earlier this year, GMCW took strategic steps to align our mission with what we have been doing for nearly four decades – singing for equality, inclusion, justice, and dignity of all people. We believe in a world where everyone is treated with respect and as equals.
As we enter into our 37th season, GMCW reaffirms our pledge to raise our voice to extinguish the hate that is tearing our United States apart. We will celebrate the diverse tapestry of our great nation instead of shredding that tapestry. We will uplift and inspire queer youth rather than allowing them to be the victims of bullying. We will bring people together through the power of performance instead of isolating groups of people with fear. And as we recall the success of our Southern Equality Tour, and plan our next one, we will take our message and music beyond the beltway to comfort, encourage, and inspire a broader activist audience.
Whether you’ve been with us since our inception or are learning about us for the first time, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe, we welcome you to join us as we Make America Gay Again. We offer you the opportunity to make your voice heard by performing with us, volunteering with us, donating to us, and attending our full season of varied and fascinating concerts and events.
With each voice that is added, our power grows. Thank you for being a part.
Love always wins,
Justin and Thea