The group will visit Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a message of equality and dignity.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) will celebrate the start of its 40th season with The Lavender Pen Tour, a series of performances taking place across five Southern states, October 7-15. According to a statement from the organization, their hope is “to take its message and music on the road to promote universal equality and inclusiveness, and the value in treating all individuals – irrespective of differences – with dignity.”
The name of the tour references the 1977 signing of a gay civil rights bill sponsored by gay activist and San Francisco City Supervisor, Harvey Milk. Mayor George Moscone used a lavender pen—a gift from Milk—to sign the bill into law.
“As has been evidenced in the recent weeks, we as a country have a long road to travel. After spending a week in the South last month with our beneficiaries and community partners, I learned that hope – the unbreakable and audacious idea that Harvey Milk built his life on and inspired us to do the same – is very much alive,” added Chris Verdugo, SFGMC Executive Director, in the statement.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 (7:30pm) – Jackson, MS / Thalia Mara Hall
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (7:30pm) – Birmingham, AL / Alys Stephens Center
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (8:00pm) – Knoxville, TN / Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Friday, October 13, 2017 (7:00pm) – Greenville, SC / First Baptist Church
Saturday, October 14, 2017 (7:30pm) – Charlotte, NC / Ovens Auditorium
For additional information or to purchase tickets, go to sfgmc.org.