During the fall of 1978, a call went out to men in and around the Castro who liked to sing inviting …
Interest mounted leading up to that first gathering held at Everett Middle School. Around 100 men showed up on the first night. The atmosphere of excitement was described as palpable. The men sang “If They Could See Me Now” and “Stouthearted Men”! Jon Sims conducted the first couple of rehearsals, planning to call the group “Men About Town.” Other suggested names for the group (seriously) were Foggy City Chorus and Homosexual Choir (“gay” was still considered denigrating). After a few weeks, Dick Kramer was brought on to conduct the new group and, thank goodness, they settled on the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. It turned out to be a fortuitous decision. One of the small groups did keep the name “Men About Town.” By the way, the original name of the SF Gay and Lesbian Freedom Band was the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps.
The rest of the story is now legendary and suitable for movie scripts. At the 4th rehearsal, on November 27, having spent the day with the news of Harvey Milk and George Moscone’s assassinations, the singers showed up to rehearsal grief-stricken and in shock. Dick Kramer passed out Mendelsohn’s “Thou, Lord our Refuge.” They all went from there to City Hall steps for the candlelight vigil where they performed for the very first time. Little did the men who gathered more than 40 years ago know they were actually giving birth to a world-wide LGBT choral phenomenon that now boasts hundreds of choruses around the globe.
We build on decades of work by political activists, health advocates, service providers, and …
In working with us as a participant of The PRIDE Study, Participant Advisory Committee (PAC) member, community partner, or community member, we want you to experience:
Because of a long history of discrimination, stigma, and medical neglect, many LGBTQ people have difficulty accessing adequate care and achieving optimal health. In addition, many are marginalized from healthcare due to age, language, race and ethnicity, and legal or socioeconomic status. The PRIDE Study strives to be accessible by offering participants the ability to join from any Web-enabled smartphone, tablet, desktop, or laptop, or by telephone.
We want you to be included.
Many of us have experienced rejection by families and society. As a result, we have created communities of broad diversity, extraordinary experience, hard-earned wisdom, and passionate leadership. PRIDEnet seeks to build on these strengths by incorporating your input and responding to your questions.
We want you to feel welcome.
Historically, LGBTQ voices have not been included in most research efforts. Many studies don’t collect data that could help us answer the most basic questions about our health. PRIDEnet strives to engage these voices by seeking, collecting, and incorporating input from our PAC and Community Partners.
We want you to be heard.
The National AIDS Memorial was conceived by a small group of San Franciscans devastated by the AIDS …
The history and lessons of AIDS are at the core of all of our programs. We seek to ensure that future generations never forget and continue to learn from and work toward an end to this disease that has impacted millions of lives around the world. In addition to the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, our programs include 1) Community Volunteer Workdays (over 1,700 volunteers provide the 4,500 hours of annual labor necessary to maintain the site); 2) World AIDS Day National Observance (the annual World AIDS Day National Observance is held every 1st of December at the site, serving to keep HIV/AIDS in the forefront of the national consciousness by remembering those who have died; honoring leaders in the fight against AIDS; raising awareness about the state of the epidemic/its ongoing impact); and 3) the National AIDS Memorial Story Project (ensuring that the story and lessons of AIDS is known by future generations).
Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led …
All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, and our resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building.
Horizons Foundation is the world’s first community foundation that is based in and serves the LGBTQ …
HORIZONS ENVISIONS A WORLD IN WHICH LGBTQ PEOPLE LIVE LIVES OF PRIDE, DIGNITY, JUSTICE, AND JOY AND WHERE: Strong, sustainable organizations have the resources to advocate for, serve, and celebrate the lives of LGBTQ people; LGBTQ people give generously to LGBTQ causes and nonprofit organizations; LGBTQ people thrive in vibrant, diverse, and compassionate communities; LGBTQ culture and pride are cherished and celebrated; All sexual identities and gender expressions are visible and valued; and Future generations of LGBTQ people have plentiful community financial resources to address emerging issues.
We have a concert, marching and pep band that plays over 30 times a year!