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San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC)

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) creates extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism, and compassion. In November of 1978, from the steps of San Francisco City Hall, the world's first openly gay men's chorus sang in public for the very first time. It was at a candlelight vigil for Harvey Milk, the day he was murdered. The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus toured the country, inspired thousands, and helped to ignite the worldwide gay and lesbian choral movement.

If you sign up to volunteer at a Folsom event and select Major Beneficiary SFGMC as your beneficiary, please refer any questions to Volunteer Coordinator Eric at Eric.Chau@sfgmc.org.

Folsom Street Events is proud to support SFGMC as a beneficiary of our 2017 Fair Season. In their most recent round of auditions, over 75% of interested candidates identified as individuals of color, and half were under age 35. Additionally, 48% of their audience identifies as female, 45% identifies as heterosexual, and 60% of comes from the general public (not friends and family of members). This indicates broad support in the community beyond their core constituency of male members. 

Through its Ambassadors program, contingents of The Chorus participate in 20 to 30 community gatherings, festivals, holiday hospice caroling, private weddings, and tours, often raising funds for other service organizations at a reduced fee. They also participate in corporate, sporting, and civic events in an effort promote higher visibility and awareness of gay men in a positive light. Their August, 2013 appearance at the national convention of the American Bar Association made the front page of the New York Times. 

To help earn funds for SFGMC this year by volunteering at one of the four events this year:

  • Bay of Pigs dance party on Saturday, July 29 - REGISTER HERE
  • Up Your Alley street fair on Sunday, July 30 - REGISTER HERE
  • Magnitude dance party on Saturday, September 23 - REGISTER HERE
  • Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24 - REGISTER HERE
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