Southern Equality Tour
On June 15-18, 2017, GMCW embarked on its first-ever bus tour of the South to states that have discriminatory laws against the LGBTQ community. We took our message of equality, dignity, and justice to six states over four days. We partnered 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. The goal of the Southern Equality Tour was to bring people together and start conversations while spreading a message of equality through song.
Cities visited on the tour: Chapel Hill, NC; Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Knoxville, TN; and Roanoke, VA
Among our many tour venues, GMCW sang at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville, and at UUC Birmingham in Alabama, where we were joined by the Steel City Men’s Chorus. We collaborated with the Midlands Men’s Chorus at Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, South Carolina to benefit the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, and we raised our 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. We also appeared at Knoxville Pride, side by side with the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus, and ended the tour with a benefit concert at the Roanoke Diversity Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
For more information about the tour, contact Executive Director Justin Fyala at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And to read Artistic Director Thea Kano's blog post, "Moving the Needle," click HERE.
To read Executive Director Justin Fyala's blog post, "Dispatches from the Road," click HERE.