The choir will perform at the historic Stonewall Inn on Fridays and Times Square on Sundays during the Pride March.
For more than four decades, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus has been a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community.
“Over time, we’ve gone from performing in parks to performing on some of the biggest stages in the world,” said Executive Director John Carrion.
They made their debut in 1980 with Cooper Union. Not only was it a success, but it was the start of “something bigger,” Carrion said.
“It just became a place for gay men to… exclusively meet at the time, find fellowship, make music and give a voice to the LGBT community at the time,” Carrion said.
Over the years, the non-profit organization has expanded its scope and reach enormously.
“We’ve had cisgender women, transgender people, people who are bisexual — all over the LGBTQ spectrum or not, and allies too,” Carrion said.
Due to the pandemic, the choir took a break, but reunited in January. In May, the choir had its first personal performance.
“It’s amazing, really looking at not just the performers, but the audience, you forget that people are hungry on both sides of the stage,” Carrion said.
This year there are about 200 people in the choir. They’ve added 70 new members and will be holding auditions in late August with the hopes of adding a few dozen more.
The NYC Pride March broadcast special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross along with WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion, returns for the sixth consecutive year on ABC 7 from noon to 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, June 26 also on abc7NY. com, ABC News Live, and ABC7 New York’s Connected TV apps on streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
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