In 1981, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus departed the Bay Area for a national tour of nine cities. The landmark tour was instrumental in birthing the LGBT choral movement, and changed the course of LGBT history forever. 36 years later, the Chorus embarks on another historic tour. This time, they will travel to a part of our country in desperate need of their music and message — the Deep South.
In October 2017, the Chorus' Lavender Pen Tour will visit Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The tour will be an opportunity for the Chorus to share their mission of community, activism and compassion, while supporting LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters — especially youth — promoting acceptance and love through music, and raising much-needed funds for local organizations.
To celebrate the beginning of the tour, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' Season 40 starts with a glorious evening at Grace Cathedral, as they share music and their vision for the Lavender Pen Tour prior to their departure.
Joining them as special guests for this concert, as well as on the Lavender Pen Tour, is the incredible Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.