"A Message From the Gay Community" Performed by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Published on Jun 17, 2022
Statement from San Francisco Gay Menâ€™s Chorus - July 9, 2021
â€œThe San Francisco Gay Menâ€™s Chorus was founded, in part, to fight discrimination and bigotry against all peoples. Today, our chorus members are facing death threats, vile attacks, false accusations, doxing, and other forms of harassment because of our satirical video performance â€œMessage from the Gay Community.â€
â€œWe placed the video in private mode to quell the intolerance and hateful responses from mostly anonymous people. Upon reflection, we have made it live again for all to see the satirical and obviously tongue-in-cheek humor. We want everyone to judge for themselves. We will not allow ourselves, even in the face of death threats, to retreat or bow to attempts to twist our words, meaning, self-deprecation and humor.
â€œWe are thankful for the efforts of the San Francisco Police Department and law enforcement for their quick response and assistance in handling these threats.
â€œThe San Francisco Gay Menâ€™s Chorus is dedicated to being role models, teaching, and spreading the message of love, inclusion, humor, and celebration through our music. We believe, most fervently, in open dialogue , communication, and free speech. We will continue to do so through our music. We invite everyone to join us.â€
Statement from GLAADâ€™s President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis
in support of San Francisco Gay Menâ€™s Chorus
The San Francisco Gay Menâ€™s Chorus performed a tongue-in-cheek song commissioned by an external arts organization which ironically had a simple message around teaching young people to speak out against anti-LGBTQ hate. The Chorus sings in harmony, â€˜Someoneâ€™s got to teach them not to hate.â€™ As a result of manipulation from anti-LGBTQ media figures, the Chorus is now facing uncalled-for and disgusting threats of violence, as well as hate and harassment, across social media. As GLAADâ€™s Social Media Safety Index reported, hate and harassment too often goes unchecked on social media and the platforms need to act swiftly to address the hateful content directed at the Chorus, especially the threats of violence. The ugly anti-LGBTQ rhetoric just reinforces the need for LGBTQ visibility, community, and advocacy, all of which the SFGMC has exemplified in its 40+ year history.â€
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